Sweet Potato T65 - 5 slips.
A delicious and a rich source of Vitamin C, E and B, with culinary uses similar to a potato. Large roots with red skin and cream flesh.
Sweet potato slips (cuttings) quickly establish in any good garden soil, ideally planted through black polythene for extra warmth. Regular feeding and watering essential. Lift in late autumn and store in a warm place.
It is important to follow the growing instructions that will come with your slips as soon as you take delivery. They can sometimes look a little sorry for themselves after being posted but rest assured they should perk up nicely when treated as per the instructions.
Order by 31st May. Delivered late April-June depending on conditions.
A customer wrote:
"I am writing to let you know that I ordered Sweet Potato T65 last year and was rewarded with a bumper crop, with the largest potato being approx. 2lbs. Excellent. I will continue to grow this most rewarding crop."
When you receive your ‘slips’
It is most important that you immediately put them into water overnight, then plant the individual slips into deep (6-8cm) pots or rootrainers for 3 weeks prior to
planting out. Use a very moist multi-purpose compost, just leaving the flush of leaves showing. Put them on a windowsill and make sure you keep the compost
moist. They can sometimes look a little sorry for themselves after being posted, but rest assured they should perk up nicely when treated as per these instructions.
Sweet Potatoes can be grown in most soil types which should be free draining and contain plenty of well-rotted manure or compost. Ideally the slip should be planted
through black polythene to provide the extra warmth needed if the summer weather is a little unpredictable. The ground must be well worked and can be ridged up if
preferred. Sweet potatoes prefer warmer conditions (24-28 degrees C) and so in cooler, more northerly districts we would suggest growing them in a polytunnel or greenhouse. Earlier production can be expected from a protected growing regime.
Lift and store unblemished roots in a warm place (10-15 degrees C), as you would pumpkin and winter squashes, as the roots must not become too cold and certainly not frosted as this affects the texture and eating qualities of the flesh.
Sweet Potatoes - An introduction
Although called a potato, apart from its culinary uses, that’s where the similarity ends. Potatoes (Solanum tuberosum) are tubers which, when planted, give rise to a crop of fresh tubers. However, if you plant a Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) it will just stay dormant and eventually rot. Sweet potato belongs to the same family as Convolvulus (bindweed) but do not be alarmed as the plant is killed off during the onset of winter and frosts. Sweet potato roots are forced to form ‘slips’ (rooted cuttings) and these are what you plant up. The slips grow quickly once transplanted and produce the Sweet potato crop. They are a rich source of vitamin C, E and B, and the more orange-coloured have a similar vitamin A content to carrots.
Peel, cube, boil and mash with a knob of butter, fresh red chilli to taste and a squirt of lime juice. Season.