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Covington Sweet Potato

A superior new variety!


A new release from North Carolina State, it's rapidly replacing Beauregard in commercial plantings. Not because of flavor, both are sweet with great flavor. And it isn't because of yield, they are both very good yielders. In truth, there are three key differences: 1) Storage time is much longer than Beauregard (which can begin to deteriorate beginning in January). 2) Covington roots are very uniform in shape and not prone to produce misshapen or long, narrow roots. (Georgia Jet is especially prone to misshapen roots and football-sized lunkers that are hard to bake or process.) 3) Covington is resistant to Russet crack and Southern root-knot nematode, either of which can make growing sweet potatoes very discouraging! Great for boiling, roasting, or mashing. 100–115 DAYS. Sweet potatoes are not available in AL, AR, CA.
  • Zone 3 - 9 annual
  • Height 12-15 in.
  • Shade Required Full sun.

Plants are not available in AE AK AL AR CA GU HI PR

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  • Botanical Name: Ipomoea batata 'Covington'
  • Height: 12-15 in.
  • Spacing: Space plants 12 - 18 inches apart, in rows that are 3 feet apart.
  • Depth: Set plants 2 - 3 inches deep into the soil. Firm soil with fingertips and water well.
  • Spread: 6-12 ft
  • Sun/Shade: Full sun.
  • Pollinator: Self-pollinating
  • Yield: Heavy yield-equivalent to Beauregard.
  • Foliage: Green, heart-shaped leaves.
  • Fruit: Bright orange flesh, rose colored skin.
  • Days To Maturity: 100 - 115 days
  • Form: Annual, spreading vine
  • Soil Requirements: Loamy, well-drained soil with some organic matter. pH 5.0 - 6.5.
  • Comments: A new release from North Carolina State, it's rapidly replacing Beauregard in commercial plantings. Not because of flavor, both are sweet with great flavor. And it isn't because of yield, they are both very good yielders. In truth, there are three key differences: 1) Storage time is much longer than Beauregard (which can begin to deteriorate beginning in January). 2) Covington roots are very uniform in shape and not prone to produce misshapen or long, narrow roots. (Georgia Jet is especially prone to misshapen roots and football-sized lunkers that are hard to bake or process.) 3) Covington is resistant to Russet crack and Southern root-knot nematode, either of which can make growing sweet potatoes very discouraging!

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