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Sweet Potato Slips (Plants)
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11/24/2018 - We are now accepting pre-orders for the 2019 gardening season.

Over the years our gardening friends have asked us to supply sweet potato slips (plants). We are happy to have established a relationship with another family-owned and operated farm who have been raising and selling sweet potatoes for decades. All of their farming efforts are focused on growing and mailing the highest quality, healthiest sweet potato slips. They work very hard at what they do and it really shines through in the quality of the plants they produce and ship.

Please read all the information on this page carefully. Plants are shipped based on your planting zone and on a first in, first out basis. Order early! See the shipping zone map below for more information. Sweet Potato plants can ONLY be sent to U.S. Postal Service mailing addresses within the Continental United States. Sorry but plants cannot be shipped to Hawaii, Alaska or internationally.

[ Ordering & Shipping Info ] [ To Do Upon Receipt ]
[ Growing & Harvest Information ] [ Recipes ]

Sweet Potato Shipping Information

With years of sweet potato growing and shipping experience, our farmer has very specific times periods that he ships that are best suited for ensuring your gardening success. Plants are shipped to you after danger of frost has likely passed and the ground has warmed up. This gives the plants plenty of growing season to produce many big potatoes before harvest time. Your plants will be shipped as near as possible to these dates.

Additionally, orders are shipped on a "first in, first out" basis. That is, people that place their orders in November and December will get their orders before folks that wait until planting time. Please plan accordingly. Also note, we will not know when your order ships until they actually leave the farm at which time you will be sent an email message. When ordering, be sure you type in your email address accurately.

Plants are mailed out, packed into time-proven packing materials, on the same day that they are harvested. Good plants, properly packed and shipped, will LIVE, GROW, and PRODUCE.

As mentioned above, please note that sweet potatoes can only be shipped to all lower 48 states.

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You can reserve your potatoes at any time by placing an order. You will be charged when your order is placed. This holds your order in the queue and in most cases, ensures you will receive the plants you order. As mentioned above, your sweet potato plants will not be shipped until they are ready and when they can be planted in your area (refer to the chart above). Plants are not ready and do not begin shipping until April.

All orders are shipped to you direct from the farm in Tennessee, on Mondays and Tuesdays, using U.S. Priority Mail to ensure the highest survival rates.

What To Expect Upon Opening Your Package

Immediately upon receipt, fully unpack your plants and get the root ends into water. To the inexperienced and untrained eye, the slips (plants) that you receive will seem sad looking or even dead. The reality is that they have been recently harvested and are almost ready to get growing for you. With a little effort on your part, the plants will grow, thrive and produce a fresh, amazingly healthy bounty for you.

The following photographs are "worst case scenario" photos from a situation that occurred to me. An order got mailed out to a customer in Texas from the sweet potato farm in Tennessee. For whatever reason, the USPS decided not to deliver the package and in addition, they sat on it for a couple of weeks before returning it to our farm here in Oregon.

As can be imagined, the plants looked pretty poorly after so many days. The packing material was bone dry and the plants were beyond being badly wilted. I was simply going to throw them away but decided to unpack them, remove the dried up shredded newspaper, and put them in a jar of water in our sunny, warm, south-facing kitchen window. They survived! Ten days in water, all of the dead material was replaced with healthy green growth.

Plants as they arrived after two weeks in the U.S. Mail. Same plants with all packing material removed. Notice how dry the roots look. Also be sure to cut off the band that holds them in a bundle. The same plants, ready to go into the garden, after sitting in a sunny window in a jar of water.

Basically, follow the extra step of unpacking, unbundling, and getting your newly received plants into water. If your plants have perked up in a day or so, which will be the majority of the cases, great. If your plants were banged up pretty bad, leave them in the water until you are comfortable that they will survive the process of planting.

Sweet Potato Growing & Harvest Information

Sweet potatoes are believed to have originated in South America. They are in the sameSweet Potato Flower - Georgia Jets plant family as morning glories. Notice the similarities in the flower and leaf structure in the photo to the right.

Although some orange varieties are marketed in the U.S. as "yams", sweet potatoes are not related to true yams, which are of West African or Asian origins, and rarely found in the United States except as imports.

Cultivation of sweet potatoes in North America occurred as early as 1648 in Virginia, and reportedly taken into New England in 1764. They were grown by the Indians in the Southern U.S. in the eighteenth century as well.

Several months of warm weather are required to produce the biggest tubers. Northern growers can benefit from using black plastic to warm the soil for about three weeks prior to planting. Sweet potatoes should be planted in a ridge (raised row) to provide drainage and allow for root expansion. Space ridge about 3½ feet apart with plants set 1 foot apart. Keep transplants moist prior to being set in the field and water in if the soil is dry. Weed control will be necessary until the vines meet between the rows.

Harvest the tubers as soon as they have reached eating size. They must be harvested before the vines become frosted. If you do get an unexpected frost, dig tubers immediately as the decay in the dead vines will travel to the tubers and rotting will occur. Sweet potatoes should not be stored at temperatures below 55ºF. The optimal condition for storage is slightly above 55ºF and at high humidity. Under these conditions they will store for six months.