Answers to Some Common Questions

We’ve been getting a significant number of signups and already have almost 6,000 slips requested!

Here are some of the common questions we’ve been hearing from people interested in the Sweet Potato Project.

Why sweet potatoes?
They are high in nutrition and can last a long time when properly cured and stored.

Do sweet potatoes grow in Wisconsin?
You bet.  The Beauregard variety is a fast maturing plant, best suited to the Wisconsin growing season.

Will you be providing the slips?
Yes.  We have ordered several thousand slips and they will be available for planting June 2014.

Do I get to keep the potatoes I grow?
You keep half and donate the other half to a local food pantry.

How big are the plants?
Sweet potatoes are vines and will spread out so you’ll need at least a 3 foot square area per plant.

How many pounds of sweet potatoes does a plant produce?
Roughly 3-5 pounds, but this can vary dramatically based on growing conditions.

Will you be providing directions on how to grow sweet potatoes?
You bet.  The UW extension and other organizations will be offering sweet potato growing workshops this spring.  The classes will be offered a number of times and we’ll post the schedule once we have it.