A tender warm-weather vegetable, sweet potatoes are grown from slips (root sprouts) not seed.
Sunlight: Full sun
Maturity: 70-140 days
Height: 1 to 3 feet
Spacing: 12 to 18 inches apart, 3 to 4 feet between rows
Native to Central and South America sweet potato is an important food crop in tropical and subtropical countries. Here in the United States, home gardeners growing sweet potatoes require a long frost-free season to mature large, useful roots.
More than 40% of the national supply of sweet potatoes comes from North Carolina. (more…)