Sweet Potato
Ipomoea batatas 'Centennial'

Family: Convolvulaceae (kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ipomoea (ip-oh-MEE-a) (Info)
Species: batatas (bat-TAT-as) (Info)
Cultivar: Centennial

Category:

Vegetables

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Purple

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hollywood, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

Radford, Virginia

Troy, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Mar 20, 2004, Michaelp from Glendale, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

It is true what was said above,they can get big-[see pict. above]-the tender shoots at the end of the runners are a special delight,for me cooked, lightly buttered, and served as a cooked vegie.Cutting the tips off the runners also helps keep the plants from over running the other areas of the garden.

Positive

On Nov 5, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This has been an excellent cultivar for me. It yields well, is not susceptible to Scurf and has excellent flavor. Its only drawback is that under favorable conditions it will produce jumbo potatoes. These will be in the form of long roots ( 12 - 18 inches)which may be crooked. An orange fleshed, moist potato which has a unique orange colored skin.