Native to the Americas, sweet potatoes are known for their colorful and tasty tubers. Their flesh can be yellow, orange, or even purple. They're an excellent source of vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C.
Sweet potatoes can be planted in the spring through the end of June. They grow well in sandy soil and don't require much fertilizing. Water them often and let them grow for about four months before harvesting.
To help increase their sweetness, place harvested sweet potatoes in a dark, warm room for at least two weeks before eating. After that, store them in a cool, dry pantry.
Nematodes can sometimes be a problem in Florida, so consider having your soil tested before you plant.
And while the word "yam" is sometimes used to describe the sweet potato, a true yam comes from a totally different plant.
- Florida Plant ID: Sweet Potato
- Master Gardener Q&A: When is the best time to plant sweet potatoes in High Springs?
- Florida Food Fare: Sweet Potatoes (PDF)
- Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide
- Preparing Potatoes, Sweet: Pieces or Whole for Canning
- Sweet Potato Production in Florida
Also on Gardening in a Minute
- Growing Sweet Potatoes--Sustainable North Florida
- Home Garden Sweet Potatoes--Bainbridge, GA
- Planting Sweet Potatoes--National Gardening Association
- September: Sweet Potato Harvest Time--Orlando Sentinel
- Sweet Potato--Clemson (SC) Cooperative Extension
- Sweet Potatoes: Home Gardening--North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission