Choose a Variety

Many varieties of sweet potatoes are grown in North Carolina. Although some are grown for special uses only, the majority are the orange-fleshed, moist, sweet varieties that are widely accepted in the fresh market and for processing.

The variety picture changes rapidly and new varieties with superior qualities are released almost annually. Each variety has certain advantages and disadvantages.

Because sweet potatoes are vegetatively propagated and because uniformity in appearance of roots is essential, it is important to choose a variety that will suit your soil type, market requirements and weather conditions. It is advisable to plant at least two varieties each year because no single variety performs best on all soil types and under all climatic conditions. Below is a comparative table to help you with your choice.