Video: How to Harvest Sweet Potatoes

comments (2) September 9th, 2008

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Video Length: 2:41
Produced by: Danielle Sherry; Edited by: Cari Delahanty

Sweet potatoes take a long time to grow, so they're usually grown in warmer climates. But once you taste a fresh sweet potato, you'll want to grow them every year no matter where you live. Sweet potatoes need about 95 days to mature, but the longer you keep them in the ground, the bigger they'll get.

Make sure you dig them before your first frost date, because many grow just at the surface of the soil and frost can damage them. Stick your spade into the ground about 8 to 10 inches away from the main stem so you don't accidentally damage any potatoes.

Related article: How to Grow Sweet Potatoes

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farmerjo writes: I've been harvesting my sweet potatoes for many years and find that using a spading fork works better than a shovel. Accentuate the necessity of digging at least 10 inches away from the stem center of the sweet potato plant!!
Posted: 7:51 am on September 6th
freshfoodforthought writes: This is JUST what I needed to know! Thank you!! :)

When you dig up the sweet potatos, do you just go throw the vines out?

Looking forward to NEXT growing season, how do you save / start sweet potatos? I see where some people say they have them 'year round'.

So much to learn! much appreciation!
Posted: 4:20 pm on November 12th
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