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Did you know that you can grow an entire harvest of sweet potatoes from a single sweet potato? My friend Jamie does it every year and this year I’m right there with her. For optimal results, you’ll want to start this project with a single sweet potato – store-bought is fine! – around mid-March. Look at the size of that potato!!

How to Grow Sweet Potatoes

This process is so much easier than you might think. Have you ever grown new houseplants from clippings? That is exactly what you’re doing here, except with a sweet potato. Yep, sweet potato slips is all you need for an entire harvest of sweet potatoes.

Just six simple steps from beginning to harvest…

1. Take a sweet potato and drop it in a glass of water around mid-March. Soon it will start to grow slips.

2. Watch for slips to start to grow as well as roots. Each of the potatoes should produce about 20 slips. Once the slips are approximately 3-4 inches long, twist them from the potato and drop them in water. Baby food jars work perfectly, or something similar would suffice as well.

3. Wait for those slips to grow roots and once those roots are established (as in photo) they are ready to plant. In Kansas we typically wait until around June 1st (or whenever the weather is consistently warm) to plant them outside.

4. When planting, space them about 3 feet from each other as they are a vine that spreads. Treat them like any other plant in your garden and water as necessary.

5. The vines will produce flowers in September shortly before harvest. Once the leaves start to turn yellow (typically September to October) they are ready to harvest. Note that it is best to dig them up if there is a chance of frost in the forecast.

6. Once harvested, let them cure for 10 days outside in a shady place. I put mine in an open air garage. Yes, 1 potato has produced all of these!!

So, will you be harvesting your own sweet potatoes from a single sweet potato this year? Growing sweet potatoes is so much easier than it seems, and it costs less than a buck to try, so why not?

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Starting Tips for Your Sweet Potato Slips

Well-drained soil with an ideal “crumb” for sweet potato plantings.

Site Selection & Preparation

A key basis for success with any field-grown crop is that it is well-matched to the soil type. With sweet potatoes, the ideal is a well-drained, sandy loam.

Equally important is that the soil needs to be warm for this tropical native. For our trial here in Central Maine, we laid black plastic mulch along the entire length of our bed as an economical way to both warm the soil and suppress weeds. For maximum soil warming with weed suppression, you can also use solar mulch.

Underneath the mulch we ran a line of tubing to allow for drip irrigation when needed, later in the season.

Black or solar mulch can be laid to warm the soil and suppress weeds. Measure to ensure transplants are equidistant. Use a dibble to puncture holes in the mulch.

If you’re planning to put in a large crop of sweet potatoes, a transplanting tractor can save you considerable time. But ours was a relatively small planting this year, so we put ours in the ground by hand.

Prior to planting, we sunk premarked field stakes at the ends of each row, to identify the varieties and other trial particulars. We then rolled out our measuring tape and punctured holes in the plastic every 12″, so each transplant would be equidistant from its neighbors.

We went with this standard, 12″ spacing this year, but there has been some research to evaluate the effects of different in-row plant spacing and other factors on sweet potato yield. Wider spacing is generally correlated with larger tubers, and vice versa. If you are curious, you may want to look into the results. You can also check with your local extension agency for recommendations tailored to your regional conditions.

Now Plant

With the field stakes in place and the mulch holes punctured, it’s time to begin planting.

If you’ve potted up your slips to hold them over for a while, remove them from their container as you would with any transplant. Then, gently pry apart the slips to separate them individually. Even during a relatively short holding period, they will have begun to develop a more robust root system.

Remove slips from containers carefully. A robust root system is already developing.

The next step is to create a hole in the soil deep enough to accommodate each slip, one by one, as they can vary in length. To ensure consistent yield, make sure that at least two of the nodes at the base of the slip are planted below the soil line.

If the slips have a lot of fibrous roots, try to bury them below the soil line. There are various ways to accomplish this, but we find it easiest to use a simple wooden dibble.

Close-up of nodes, one on a slip with fibrous roots and the second on a slip with leaf material. In either case, burying at least 2 nodes below the soil line will help optimize yield.

Gauge each slip’s length and the breadth of its fibrous roots, then drive the dibble down into the soil and rotate it to widen the hole. This will give you a hole approximately correct in size, as simple as that.

Place just one slip in each hole, with at least 4–6″ of its root end buried. If you do find that some of the slips are too long to dibble a hole of sufficient depth, trim off a bit of excess root from the bottom.

Because the top growing point of the slip may not be present, it may or may not be obvious which end of the slip is the root end. Indicators of the root end include greater thickness and the presence of nodes that tend to root-out first. The bottom end can also be identified as the direction opposite to that in which any leaf petioles may be growing.

A hardwood dibble is an indispensible tool for hand-transplanting the slips. Place one slip per hole, push the surrounding soil back in, firm and water.

With the slip in the hole, gently push the surrounding soil back into the hole. Firm it in with a thorough watering to provide the plants with needed moisture. It is vital that they be watered in immediately after planting and until established, which can take a week or more.

Again, the plants may look droopy or wilted from the whole process. Transplanting can cause shock to any type of plant, especially if conducted on a hot sunny day like the one on which we planted our trial. Windy conditions, too, even a light breeze, can present additional stress, mechanical in nature as well as by increasing the plants’ rate of respiration. Just keep the bed watered and give your plants time to re-establish themselves.

Slips may look droopy. Transplanting can be quite a shock! With time and warming temperatures, however, the transplants will perk up. A layer of row cover can act as a protective, warming blanket.

Oftentimes the existing slip foliage will wither and die back, but new foliage will emerge. It can take up to one month before the plants really get growing here in Maine, especially if the weather is cool and overcast.

Row Cover: An Added Layer of Protection

Due to the unpredictable nature of our northern spring weather, we laid a type of row cover known as Agribon over our planting. Made of permeable spun-bonded fabric, Agribon can be very helpful to growers at higher latitudes, acting like a blanket to keep the plants warmer as they become established.

We used Agribon-19, the thickness that is light enough to be laid over plants without hoops or frames, and strong enough to withstand light to moderate wind and other stress. Although we have used it successfully without hoops in the past, frequent windy weather that caused the billowing row cover to jostle the slips prompted us to set up QuickHoops beneath the cover.

The row cover can stay on until the plants are established, which for us was around the 4th of July. We then rolled up the covers and stored them away until the end of summer, when we put them back on to extend the growing window.

Critters Love Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potato leaves are high in protein (ranging from 25–30%, similar to legumes), so if you have deer in your area, take note that they love sweet potato leaves and vines. Rabbits, too, enjoy them, and will slice the shoots clean off with their sharp incisors. If you don’t have a fence, a layer of row cover can deter them from feeding on the plants. Voles also have a penchant for the tender young shoots of sweet potatoes and if unchecked can make quick work of the entire crop, so keep an eye out and if need be install ¼” or smaller mesh fencing around the garden to protect the entire area. Plantskydd, a repellent approved for use in organic production, comes in a range of sizes and formulations that can be applied to discourage problematic critters such as deer, rabbits, mice, and voles.

Sweet Potato Plant Starts: How And When To Start Sweet Potato Slips

Sweet potatoes may seem like a relative of the common white potato, but they’re actually related to morning glories. Unlike other potatoes, sweet potatoes are grown from small seedlings, known as slips. You can order sweet potato plant starts from seed catalogs, but it’s very simple, and much less expensive, to sprout your own. Let’s learn more about starting sweet potato slips for the garden.

When to Start Sweet Potato Slips

Growing a sweet potato plant starts with producing slips from a sweet potato root. The timing is important if you want to grow large and tasty sweet potatoes. This plant loves warm weather and should be planted when the soil reaches 65

F. (18 C.). The slips take about eight weeks to mature, so you should be starting sweet potato slips about six weeks before your last frost date in the spring.

How to Start a Sweet Potato Slip

Fill a box or large container with peat moss and add enough water to make the moss damp but not soggy. Lay a large sweet potato on top of the moss, and cover it with a 2-inch layer of sand.

Sprinkle water on the sand until it’s thoroughly moist and cover the box with a sheet of glass, a plastic lid or another cover to keep in the moisture.

Check your sweet potato after about 4 weeks to make sure the slips are growing. Keep checking them, pulling from the sand when the slips are about 6 inches long.

Growing Sprouting Sweet Potato Slips

Take the slips from the sweet potato root by twisting them while tugging on the slip. Once you have the slip in hand, place it in a glass or jar of water for about two weeks, until fine roots have developed on the slip.

Plant the rooted slips in the garden, burying them completely and spacing them 12 to 18 inches apart. Keep the slips well-watered until you see green shoots appear, then water normally along with the rest of the garden.

Starting, Growing, and Planting Sweet Potato Slips

by Rhonda

with Sharon Peterson

Starting, Growing, and Planting Sweet Potato Slips. One thing you should know about me is that I love sweet potatoes! Last year we harvested about 450 pounds of sweet potatoes from six 25 foot rows. Needless to say we shared a lot and ate a lot over the winter.

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My sweet potatoes are even in a movie! My oldest son took some home with him to Mississippi. He lives in his grandmother’s old house there. Her house was selected to be the home of the main character in “Life At These Speeds” which will be released here in the U.S. in September of this year. The story line is about forgiveness and hope as it follows a teenager from the south who loses his best friend in an accident. He channels his grief into running, becoming a high school track star.

Anyways, when they were setting up the scenes in the home, they really liked my sweet potatoes so they displayed them in the kitchen! Isn’t that exciting? I knew my sweet potatoes would be famous. 😉

Growing Sweet Potato Slips

Sweet potatoes are one of my most favorite things in the garden. I like everything about them. Starting slips, planting, watching their beautiful vines and purple flowers grow is such an enjoyable experience for me. Harvesting? Oh! don’t get me started. Digging sweet potatoes is like finding treasure! And then, of course, there’s the eating. Sweet potatoes are one of the most nutritious things you can grow. They are long keepers and you can even eat the leaves. The recipes for them are endless.

Because I’m in U.S. gardening zone 8, I can start my sweet potatoes making slips from the middle of January to first week of February. This means I’ll have plenty and be ready to plant the last week of March or first week of April. This year, however, we didn’t have a very cold winter and we have been exceptionally wet. As I’m writing this article, it’s the second week of April and the garden is still too wet to plant. This means I had to do a little something extra with my sweet potato slips. We’ll talk about that a little further on. No matter what zone you are in, you will need to start your slips four to six weeks before your last frost date.

Like other potatoes, the sweet potato doesn’t make seeds, but is instead propagated. Other potatoes like, white potatoes, are tubers which put off sprouts from their eyes; but the sweet potato is a true root plant and has no eyes.

If kept around long enough, a sweet potato begins to sprout. These sprouts are called slips. I’ve found that it’s best to use medium-sized potatoes because they will produce the most slips. Years ago, I read this and it seemed strange to me so I decided to experiment. When I started to make my slips, I chose two huge potatoes to try along with the ones I had set aside for this purpose. Sure enough, the huge ones and the very small ones put off fewer slips than the medium-sized potatoes. Each medium sweet potato will put off between 20 to 50 slips.

Growing Sweet Potato Slips:

Some people bed their sweet potatoes in soil by burying about half of the sweet potato in soil at least a foot deep. Some people cut their sweet potatoes in half and place them in water so that each half of potato is half-way covered. I use another water method.

In the fall, set aside some of the healthiest medium-sized potatoes. When it’s four to 6 weeks before your last frost date (I would go with 6 weeks just to allow plenty of time just in case) it’s time to start your slips. I use quart jars regular and wide mouth, depending on the size of the potato. Using toothpicks, or shish kebab sticks pierce the potato halfway between its two ends. Be sure that they stick out far enough to allow the potato to be supported on the rim of the jar. Set the sweet potato in the jar with the sticks resting on the rim and add water until bottom half of the potato is submerged.

Be sure that your sweet potatoes have indirect sunlight and are kept from getting chilled. Add water to your jar every time you notice a couple of inches has evaporated. Be careful to never let your potato run dry. You should replace the old water about once a week to keep the potato from rotting. Although I will say, sometimes it’s two weeks before I remember to do that and I’ve had no problems with rotting.

Keeping Your Slips For Planting:

After about two weeks, you should begin to see sprouts. Let the sprouts grow until they are about 6 inches long and have several sets of leaves on them. Once the slips have achieved this stage of growth, it’s time to separate them from the mother potato. Some people leave the slips on the potato until they are ready to plant. I don’t do that because I want as many slips as possible from each potato. If you leave them on, the focus is on developing the slips that are there and not on producing more and more slips.

Taking the slip at its base, where it’s attached to the sweet potato, carefully pull the slip off. Place your slips into a clean jar filled with cool water and place the jar on the windowsill or somewhere it can receive indirect sunlight. Just as with the sweet potato, add water to keep the jar full and replace the old water once a week to keep them from rotting. You should be able to see roots developing in a week to 10 days. Your slips will keep like this until ready to go to the garden. I’ve never kept mine over 4 weeks,…until this year.

As I told you, we had an unusually wet Winter and are experiencing an incredibly wet Spring. My slips were rooting and ready to go into the ground. They were beginning to struggle in the jar of water (they were turning kind of yellow) and it was too wet for me to plant. To keep them from rotting, I banked them in soil. This will hold them and give them a little bit of a head start forming their roots while we wait for the garden to be ready.

How to plant your slips:

At least two weeks after your last frost, when the soil has reached at least 70°, or when the ground is dry enough for you to work it, hill your prepared garden bed into the desired number of rows. I like my hills to be at least 3 inches high when I start the slips. Set your plants 3 feet apart in rows that are 3 feet apart. Make a hole in your hill about 3 inches deep, or deep enough for all of the slip’s roots to fit into, and cover with soil. If it’s dry, water the slip before covering with soil.

After planting, be sure to keep your slips moist, but not soggy because potatoes like well-drained sandy soil. Someone told me once to plant every slip I had, even if it appeared dead because sweet potatoes are so resilient. Last year I planted a whole row of slips that I was certain would not make it, but they did make it and produced just as many potatoes as the other rows. Guess that proves it never hurts to try.

Be sure to hoe or otherwise weed your potato patch while your vines are developing. Once sweet potatoes start to put off their vines, they will go in every direction putting down roots as they go and smothering out weeds as well. Once they are doing this, there’ll be no need to continue weeding. Be careful not to tear your vines loose because that will hurt the plant and decrease it yields. Don’t worry about watering your vines too often if at all. I usually don’t water mine once their vines are well established because sweet potatoes are drought resistant and dry conditions actually encourage a bumper crop. After 100 days, It should be time to harvest.

For more on harvesting and storing sweet potatoes, see our article here.

Safe and Happy Journey, Rhonda and The Pack

About Rhonda

Rhonda comes from a family of generations of farmers, “I couldn’t be anything but a sustenance farmer. It’s who I am. It’s an exciting, never ending journey.” Besides being a farmer, she is a wife, mother, business owner, retired registered nurse of over 21 years, writer, and owner of The Farmer’s Lamp.

You can read her articles in Countryside and Small Stock Journal, Backyard Poultry Magazine Blog, and on the upcoming Countryside Magazine and Small Stock Journal Blog.

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Time to Start Sweet Potato Slips

Sweet potato is a hot weather plant, but to be able to plant them when the ground is warm the slips need to be growing now. I start them indoors with potatoes grown the year before in our garden. The potatoes store very well in my basement in a laundry basket all winter. Even now I still have potatoes that are firm and fine for culinary enjoyment. I really love eating sweet potatoes and we have a lot of fun in the fall digging them up to see what treasures have been growing underground during the hot summer months.

To start slips it is good to use potatoes that are free from any mold or shriveling. If there are any potatoes that have sprouts already coming out, then you have a head start. Place the potatoes in a jar or container vertically and fill with water. Their bottom ends should be wet, but at least one to two inches of the tops need to reach above the water. Place this in a warm sunny window or a shelf in the kitchen that stays moderately warm. Be sure to add water when necessary. Changing the water occasionally is important, too, because rot can occur. If you notice a potato rotting, remove it and either dispose of it, or cut off the rotten part. Soon vines will start to grow. They will grow out of many different nodules on each potato. When any of these vines grow to about 5-6 inches, pick it off at the base and place in a jar filled with water. It is amazing how quickly these little guys will root. When a potato starts producing slips, it usually becomes very prolific and many slips can be picked off of one potato! Once the ground is warm and the slip has a good set of roots you can plant them. We usually get all our sweet potatoes out the last part of May.

Other methods exist to start slips. I have a friend that remembers that her mom started slips in a box of horse manure. The heat from the manure helped the plants get started. I also have another friend starting them in potting soil on a heated bed with florescent lights.

Slips can be bought in bundles from nurserys and online as well. They need plenty of room for growing. Their beautiful dense green vine takes up at least a five foot wide area, but can be set out as close as two feet apart in rows. We occasionally grow giant football sized sweet potatoes that can fill 3-4 pies worth (though were prefer a good baking sized potato). They are so good to eat so many ways. Sweet potato pie, fried sweet potatoes, sweet potato fries, candied yams, sweet potato casserole, baked sweet potatoes with sorghum…

Certified Organic Sweet Potato Slips

Sweet potatoes are a hearty, healthy, delicious southern specialty. With so many uses in the kitchen, they are sure to be a hit at harvest time. Sweet Potatoes are a great item for CSA growers to consider using in their fall and winter boxes. When cured sufficiently, they can store up to 12 months in the right environment. We have customers tell us that they eat sweet potatoes all year long. The best plants start with the best slips.

We offer five varieties of Certified Organic Sweet Potato Slips and six varieties that are grown conventionally. Our Certified Organic Covington, Orleans, Burgundy, and Murasaki slips are G2, from micro-propagated, virus-indexed mother plants. This makes them very ‘clean’ (genetically) and very productive! Our conventionally grown varieties include Covington, Murasaki, Garnet, Bonita, Evangeline and Beauregard.

Shipping notes: – We recommend shipping via UPS 2 Day Air to guarantee that your slips will arrive in great condition. – We will ship the week of June 8th, 2020 this season. All slip shipments will be accompanied by a unique Phytosanitary Certificate issued by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. We are not permitted to ship to CA or MS due to restrictions on plant material entering those states.

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“Sweet potato is one of the world’s most important food crops in terms of human consumption, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, parts of Asia, and the Pacific Islands. First domesticated more than 5,000 years ago in Latin America, it is grown in more developing countries than any other root crop. Despite its name, Sweet potato is not related to the potato. It is a root, not a tuber, and belongs to the morning-glory family. Many parts of the plant are edible, including leaves, roots, and vines, and varieties exist with a wide range of skin and flesh color, from white to yellow-orange and deep purple.” (cipotato.org)

Organic Sweet Potato Plants Slips

Certified Organic Sweet Potato Slips

Shipping begins in late May, continues through June. Earlier shipment not available. Growing instructions included with order.

NOTE: Sweet potato slips cannot be shipped to California.

1 slip generally yields 2-4 pounds

How to Grow: Sweet Potatoes can be grown succesfully in all 50 states. They do best with ample sun and heat and need at least 90 days frost free in most climates. The amount of heat units determine time to maturity, so if you live in a climate where the heat of summer means daytime temperatures 85 degrees or higher, you can grow sweet potatoes. We do recommend black plastic mulch for Northern growers.

Sweet potatoes are grown from ‘slips’, sprouts that are cut from the ‘mother’ sweet potato in a greenhouse production bed. Sweet Potato Slips will arrive wilted despite having been cut and gently wrapped in moist paper before being mailed promptly to your door. Roots will not be present yet and the tender leaves will likely be extremely wilted or brown. This is normal! Green stems will still grow into lush vines!

When the soil is at least 75 degrees and night temperature are at least 50 degrees, you are ready to plant. Plant slips 10”-18” apart in rows spaced 24”-36”. Slips can be placed in raised hills or beds. Place slips several inches deep in soil, this should cover several root nodules. Keep soil moist for first several weeks after planting. Keep on top of weeds early, eventually the vines of the plant will spread and out-compete most weeds. Sweet potatoes are beautiful plants that vine prolificly and sometimes show striking flowers similar to those of morning glory, to which they are related.

Water consistently throughout season, tapering off a bit towards harvest. Sweet potatoes should be harvested before, or soon after first frost in the Fall. Each plant should produce 2-4 lbs of sweet potatoes that can be hand dug with a shovel or fork.

Cure harvested roots for 5 days in a hot and humid environment as close to 85 degrees and 95% humidity as you can provide. This can be done in a shaded area of a greenhouse or in a room with a humidifier. If these conditions are not available, layer roots in newspaper in a closed boxes for several weeks. Cured roots can be stored for 6-10 months at 55-65 degrees.

2020 SWEET POTATO ORDERING INFORMATION

SLIP QUANTITIES YOU MAY ORDER

You may only order slips in the quantities listed by each variety. If we list 3 slips for $7.50, then you may ONLY order three (3) slips of that variety. If we list 6 slips for $7.50; 12 slips for $14.00; then you may order either 6 or 12 slips. (You may NOT order 2 sets of 12 slips, etc.) We ask that you please respect these limits so that everyone gets a chance to order some of the varieties that are in a more limited supply. You may only order a total of 500 slips, but you may order 500 slips for Regular Season and another 500 slips for the Season Closeout Special. Be sure that you include a separate shipping amount for each order and put them on two separate order forms.

We are very sorry if this is a problem to only be order small amount, however we feel it is much better to have a diversity of varieties. The reason for this is for your ultimate success and not to put all your eggs in one basket so to speak and have 12 slips of one kind that may or may not be adapted to your soil and climate.

SWEET POTATO ASSORTMENTS

NOTE: All sweet potato slips are certified organic. You will get named varieties in your assortments. Each bunch (variety) of plants will be labeled with the variety name on a white plastic 4 inch label.

NOTE: There may be other varieties which show up in this year’s assortments (depending upon how they sprout). Descriptions for these varieties will appear in the 2021 catalog. PLEASE NOTE YOU CANNOT CHOOSE THE VARIETIES IN THE ASSORTMENTS, THAT IS OUR CHOICE FROM WHAT IS LEFT AFTER INDIVIDUAL VARIETY ORDERS ARE FILLED.

General Assortment – Our choice of any variety we offer in the catalog.

A – 2 varieties 6 slips $ 4.50

B – 2 varieties 12 slips $ 7.50

C – 3 varieties 12 slips $ 8.50

D – 2 varieties 25 slips $12.50

E – 3 varieties 25 slips $14.00

F – 3 varieties 50 slips $21.00

G – 4 varieties 50 slips $23.00

H – 5 varieties 50 slips $26.00

I – 6 varieties 50 slips $29.00

J – 4 varieties 100 slips $37.00

K – 5 varieties 100 slips $40.00

L – 6 varieties 100 slips $42.00

M – 8 varieties 100 slips $46.00

N – 10 varieties 100 slips $50.00

O – 8 varieties 200 slips $90.00

P – 10 varieties 200 slips $95.00

Q – 5 varieties 250 slips $110.00

R – 6 varieties 300 slips $130.00

S – 12 varieties 300 slips $140.00

T – 8 varieties 400 slips $165.00

U – 16 varieties 400 slips $175.00

V – 10 varieties 500 slips $200.00

W – 20 varieties 500 slips $225.00

Purple Assortment – A selection of sweet potatoes that will be purple fleshed in some fashion. This assortment no longer has any in it that do not have purple flesh.

A – 2 varieties 6 slips $10.00

B – 2 varieties 12 slips $17.50

C – 3 varieties 12 slips $20.00

D – 2 varieties 25 slips $30.00

E – 3 varieties 25 slips $35.00

Rainbow Assortment – Will include 5 slips of a white skinned variety, 5 slips of a purple skinned or fleshed variety, 5 slips of an orange skinned variety, and 5 slips of any variety that is different than the other three.

Rainbow A- 20 slips for $19.00

Rainbow B- 40 slips for $35.00 (10 slips each of 4 varieties)

Rainbow C- 80 slips for $67.50 ( 20 slips each of 4 varieties)

Rainbow D- 100 slips for $82.50 ( 25 slips each of 4 varieties)

Orange Assortment – A selection of orange or yellow fleshed types.

A – 2 varieties 6 slips $ 5.00

B – 2 varieties 12 slips $ 8.00

C – 3 varieties 12 slips $10.00

D – 2 varieties 25 slips $17.50

E – 3 varieties 25 slips $20.00

F – 3 varieties 50 slips $35.00

G – 4 varieties 50 slips $40.00

J – 4 varieties 100 slips $75.00

O – 8 varieties 200 slips $ 140.00

P – 10 varieties 200 slips $150.00

Northern Assortment – A selection of the shortest season types we have offered in the catalog.

A – 2 varieties 6 slips $ 5.00

B – 2 varieties 12 slips $ 9.00

C – 3 varieties 12 slips $ 9.50

D – 2 varieties 25 slips $15.00

E – 3 varieties 25 slips $17.50

F – 3 varieties 50 slips $29.00

G – 4 varieties 50 slips $30.00

J – 4 varieties 100 slips $55.00

O – 8 varieties 200 slips $100.00

P – 10 varieties 200 slips $110.00

Heirloom Assortment – Our choice of any sweet potato variety we have listed in the descriptions as being heirloom.

A – 2 varieties 6 slips $ 5.00

B – 2 varieties 12 slips $ 8.00

C – 3 varieties 12 slips $10.00

D – 2 varieties 25 slips $17.50

E – 3 varieties 25 slips $20.00

F – 3 varieties 50 slips $35.00

G – 4 varieties 50 slips $40.00

J – 4 varieties 100 slips $75.00

O – 8 varieties 200 slips $140.00

P – 10 varieties 200 slips $150.00

White Assortment – A selection of White fleshed types.

A – 2 varieties 6 slips $ 4.00

B – 2 varieties 12 slips $ 7.50

C – 3 varieties 12 slips $ 8.50

D – 2 varieties 25 slips $14.00

E – 3 varieties 25 slips $15.50

F – 3 varieties 50 slips $22.00

G – 4 varieties 50 slips $25.00

J – 4 varieties 100 slips $ 45.00

O – 8 varieties 200 slips $ 85.00

P – 10 varieties 200 slips $ 90.00

NOTE: Each customer may only order a total of 500 slips this year for regular season. You may also order 500 slips for season closeout.

SALES TAX

For Iowa residents only – You must also pay 7% sales tax on your sweet potato order. (See order form for where to add this in.)

POSTAGE CHARGES

1 through 25 slips = $ 7.00

26 through 50 slips = $ 8.50

51 through 100 slips = $11.00

101 through 200 slips = $14.00

201through 350 slips = $22.00

351 through 500 slips = $35.00

Please remit separate payments for sweet potatoes and seeds so that if we run out of sweet potato slips we may just return your check to you.

Canadian orders: We can not ship bulblets, plants or roots to a Canadian address.

International orders: We can not ship bulblets, plants or roots to addresses outside the United States.

Sweet Potato Shipping To California: According to the California Department of Agriculture website, we are allowed to ship sweet potato slips from Iowa to California.

SHIPPING DATES

Slips usually are ready at Memorial Day and we start shipping when they are ready. Please remember we fill orders in the order in which they arrive in our office ( and depending upon when the variety you have ordered actually sprouts). If you do not send your order to us until March or April or after and your confirmation number is maybe 298, you will not get your slips on May 25. Do not expect them any sooner. We continue to ship regular season slips until the third week of June. Orders are filled on a first come, first served basis. We will make an announcement on the “News and Updates” page of the website around the end of May telling when we will start mailing out the slips. If you need to contact us concerning your sweet potato order, PLEASE include your sweet potato confirmation number. Please be patient! There are no guarantees on shipping dates. We cannot ship them to you any earlier than this because they are not ready here for shipping until those dates. You may NOT specify any individual varieties in your assortments. All assortments will be our choice from what is available.

SEASON CLOSEOUT SWEET POTATO SALE

All sweet potato slip assortments are offered at a 50% discount when shipped from June 25 through July 10, 2019. If you are willing to wait that late for your sweet potatoes and are willing to take “Pot Luck” on the varieties which you receive, you may order them at this discount. Please indicate on the sweet potato order form that you are ordering the “Season Closeout Special”. You may choose which assortment that you would prefer. We will try to honor that choice if at all possible. You may not order specific varieties for the Season Closeout Sale this year. We need to spend that time caring for the growing young plants. You may only order the assortments.

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