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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.
  • 86908
  • set of 12 plants
  • $21.99
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Product Details

  • Botanical Name: Ipomoea batata 'Covington'
  • Height: 12-15 inches.
  • 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 feet.
  • Light Required: Full sun.
  • Pollinator: Self-pollinating
  • Yield: Heavy yield-equivalent to Beauregard.
  • Foliage: Green, heart-shaped leaves.
  • Blooms: Summer
  • Fruit: Bright orange flesh, rose colored skin.
  • Days To Maturity: 100 - 115 days
  • Zone: 3 - 9 annual
  • Form: Annual, spreading vine
  • Flower Form: Flower color is violet - pale pink.
  • Soil Requirements: Loamy, well-drained soil with some organic matter. pH 5.0 - 6.5.
  • Growth Rate: Moderate growth rate.
  • 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!

Shipping

Most times, orders having items with different shipping schedules are held in full until the entire order is ready to ship based on your grow zone.

Plants will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country using the shipping timeframes outlined below. We continually monitor weather conditions for extreme hot or cold and adjust shipping schedules as needed. Due to hot weather conditions, we are unable to ship most plant items in July and August.

2019 Spring Shipping Schedule
ZONE Sweet Potatoes
1A-4A 5/20/19 - 6/7/19
4B 5/20/19 - 6/7/19
5A 5/13/19 - 6/7/19
5B 4/29/19 - 6/7/19
6A 4/29/19 - 6/7/19
6B 4/29/19 - 6/7/19
7A 4/29/19 - 6/7/19
7B 4/29/19 - 6/7/19
8A & B 4/22/19 - 6/7/19
9A & B 4/22/19 - 6/7/19
10A & B 4/15/19 - 6/7/19
Last Order Date 6/3/2019

Additional Shipping Notes:

The type of product you order or the weather in our area to yours may affect the anticipated shipping schedule, shifting earlier or later, depending.

Trees and shrubs are kept in the nursery row until full dormant for optimum stress protection.

In all cases, we choose the fastest, most efficient way to send your orders via the U.S. Postal Service or FedEx. Large orders or large items may be shipped to you in multiple packages.

Please note that we cannot ship outside the 48 contiguous states.

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