Georgia Jet Sweet Potato

$ 4.00 

Georgia Jet Sweet Potato
Georgia Jet Sweet Potato
Georgia Jet Sweet Potato
Georgia Jet Sweet Potato
Georgia Jet Sweet Potato
Georgia Jet Sweet Potato

Georgia Jet Sweet Potato
Ipomoea Batatas

days to maturity: 90 days
plant spacing: 2 plant per square foot 
sunlight requirements: 6-14 hours
look out for: whitefly hiding on the underside of the leaves, plus the plant spreads like a vine
harvest notes: harvest tubers and cure them indoors to produce more sugars
annual

Georgia Jet is a short season variety, which means it matures faster than most. In 90 days you can be harvesting roots compared with the average wait time of about 130 for most varieties. This one forms a rounded and pretty fat potato that is very sweet with bright orange flesh. If you've ever eaten a home grown sweet potato and been disappointed by its flavor its because you didn't cure it! Store bought sweet potatoes are typically cured for sweetness for about 14 days in a dark and humid environment. this process allows them to dehydrate just a bit and it encourages starch and sugar production. 

Sweet potatoes are great summer crops for your raised bed or your food forest just make sure your raised bed doesn't have much else in it since these plants really spread out! Sweet potatoes will thrive relatively pest free (check the underside of the leaves often for whitefly) and don't mind the heat, humidity and rainfall of summer. They are a very diverse food crop as the leaves can be eaten cooked and then you get a root crop! Fun fact: the more you prune your sweet potato plant above ground (by harvesting and eating the leaves) the more energy your plant will put into making you roots, so by harvesting (and eating) your greens you are also helping increase your root harvest yield.