Growing Calendar for Sweet Potato Beauregard -5 Slips root
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The best sweet potato variety for the UK climate with a compact habit and high yields.
The plants (slips) are resistant to fusarium wilt and rots. The deep orange flesh tastes delicious and stores very well. For best results plant in full sun to develop maximum sweetness.
Plant in late April - May, Harvest in October
As soon as the slips arrive immerse them in a glass of water so that ¾ of the stem is submerged; leave them for up to a to a week to revive and firm up ready for potting on.
On arrival the slips may look withered. Do NOT worry!
Pop your slips into a jar of water so all the stem is covered up to the leaves, placing in a light warm room. Leave them in this state for at least a week until roots have started to form from the base of the stems. Add fresh water daily in order to keep the slips healthy and stop the water from turning sour.
Once the roots have developed, carefully plant the whole slip individually. Mostly fill a 9cm pot and lightly firm the compost before curling the stem around the pot and placing on compost surface, topping with compost so that the stem is covered leaving just the base of the leaves protruding. Water and keep warm. Allow the plants to establish root systems within the pots before planting on into their final container this typically takes around 3 weeks.
Sweet Potatoes require high temperatures and plenty of space to produce good yields. In the UK they are best planted in poly tunnels or greenhouses, however in a warm sheltered outdoor spot they can thrive. In order to increase the productivity of the plants try covering the beds in black polythene and planting through in order to increase temperature, or planting in black 30cm containers. Fleece and Cloches can also help.
Sweet Potatoes prefer full sun on well-draining fertile soil. Plant 30cm (12”) apart and leave at least 75cm (30”) between rows. Alternatively they can be grown in containers or patio grow bags.
Water regularly and feed every few weeks with a multi-purpose fertilizer. Sweet Potatoes are vigorous with sprawling stems that can be tied onto a trellis or strings if desired.
Approximately 12-16 weeks after planting, the foliage will start to turn yellow and die back… now it is time to start harvesting. The tubers can be left in the ground longer if you desire larger potatoes.
Ensure that all tubers are lifted before the first frosts.
See above the plants were not fit for purpose
Arrived in good condition all slips have taken.
First time to grow sweet potato, surprised at what a slip looks like and how much has to be done before planting, another 4 weeks to wait! Two slips already looking a bit sick so not really pleased with purchase. Local garden centre selling same variety now but as full on plants. Should have waited before buying yours I think. Time will tell.
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