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Sweet potato plants (Ipomoea batatas) are sun-loving vines that yield versatile and nutritious root vegetables: sweet potatoes. These plants tolerate most planting sites, but they do best when grown in loose, well-drained soils. Most sweet potato plants have a vining growth habit, but some varieties, like Vardaman, grow in a more compact bush form. It is highly recommended that harvest occurs before frost sets in, so it helps to plan your sweet potato planting according to your location’s frost dates. The sweet potatoes you grow and harvest are available in a wide range of colors, including gold, red, and purple, and they tend to mature within 90-100 days of planting – all depending on the variety. Discover how easy and rewarding it is to grow your own sweet potatoes.

To ensure your growing success and satisfaction, there are a few things to consider when you buy a sweet potato plant.

Order Deadlines

Sweet potato plants are available only during the spring ordering season. Sweet potato ordering and shipping concludes earlier than other types of product. Be sure to check individual variety pages for specific information regarding ordering and shipping deadlines.

Zone Compatibility

Your climate plays an important role in whether sweet potato plants will be successful. Before ordering a sweet potato plant, make sure its recommended hardiness zone range includes your area.