Orleans Sweet Potato Features:
Orleans sweet potato is an improved variety of Beauregard that was developed by Louisiana State University. It has a 90 day maturity date similar to Beauregard and a similar disease-resistance like Beauregard sweet potato plants. Orleans sweet potatoes have a red skin and orange flesh.
Orleans produces a higher percentage of #1 sweet potatoes compared to Beauregard. A hill of Beauregard sweet potatoes might produce a single Jumbo sweet potato, a couple #1 sweet potatoes, and a few small sweet potatoes. Orleans has less size variance among the sweet potatoes in a hill and most are #1 grade. Orleans sweet potatoes are also sweeter than Beauregard.
Orleans Sweet Potato Growing Tips:
Due to the shorter maturity date, Orleans sweet potatoes are a great option for growers across the country. Even if you live in the northern states and have a limited growing season, you should still get solid production from this variety. Orleans does seem to perform better in sandy soils as opposed to heavy, clay soils.
Orleans sweet potato plants should be spaced 10-12" along the row with a 4' plant spacing. These plants will produce long, trailing vines and are not ideal for container or raised bed gardens. They'll need plenty of room to sprawl from the main base of the plant.
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Certified Sweet Potato Plants
All our sweet potato plants are inspected and certified to be disease-free. Our fields are regularly inspected and the sweet potatoes are checked daily during the harvest period.
The sweet potatoes are inspected again once in the storage house and checked a fourth time when placed in the beds for plant production.
This certification process is rigorous, but ensures our customers receive the highest-quality sweet potato plants.
Sweet potato plants should be planted once the risk of frost has passed and soils have warmed. Our plant shipping schedule ensures your sweet potato plants will arrive when your weather is ideal for planting. This schedule also ensures that you'll receive your plants in time for the sweet potato plants to reach full maturity before your first frost in fall.