Botanical Name: Ipomoea batatas 'Porto Rico'
Height: 12 - 30 inch vine.
Spacing: 12 - 15 inches between plants, 3- 4 feet apart.
Depth: 2 - 3 inches.
Spread: 2 - 3.5 feet.
Yield: 100 lbs. per 100 foot row.
Color: Purple - light pink.
Foliage: Green, lush, heart-shaped foliage.
Blooms: Late Summer.
Fruit: Copper outside skin, light, sweet flesh.
Flower Form: Seldom produced.
Soil Requirements: Fertile, well-drained sandy loam soil. pH 5.0 - 6.5.
Growth Rate: Slow - Medium.
Size: 2 inches.
Comments: Bush-type, heavy yielder, small runners. Ideal for gardens with limited space. The first of the red varieties. May dig early for small potatoes. Set plants out 1 - 2 weeks after danger of frost is past. Soil temperature should be 60 degrees F. Mound soil over row as plants grow until the ridge is 8 - 15 inches high. Fertilize before planting and 3 - 4 weeks after. Cultivate to keep vines from rooting where they touch the ground. Harvest is determined by root size, sweet potatoes do not ripen; harvest immediately if nipped by frost in fall. Cure 6 - 8 days at 85 degrees F. and 90% humidity after harvest. Store at 55 - 60 degrees and 85% humidity (low humidity causes shriveling). Spread: Up to 20 feet in warmer areas. SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS: IDEAL SWEET POTATO FOR GARDENERS WITH LIMITED SPACE. DEPENDABLE RED SWEET POTATO WITH SWEET, ORANGE FLESH. 12 - 30 INCH VINES, SPREADS 2' TO 3 1/2'. USES: OLD FASHIONED FLAVOR, EXCELLENT FOR BAKING. HEAVY YIELDING.
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