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Jewel Sweet Potato

Jewel Sweet Potato

Jewel Sweet Potato

Jewel Sweet Potato

Jewel is considered the “Queen of Sweet Potatoes” because it is the most popular variety for North Carolina commercial sweet potato growers. It produces a high yield of up to 6 short, chunky tubers per plant. The flesh of Jewel sweet potatoes is very sweet and reminiscent of deeply flavored carrots.

Sun Exposure

  • full to partial sun (6 to 8 hours)

Soil pH

  • 5.5 to 6.5

Hardiness Zones

  • 4 to 12


  • Plant slips 12 to 18 inches apart
  • Allow 3 feet between rows


  • 1 to 2 inches per week during mid-summer
  • Deep watering in hot, dry periods will help to increase yields
  • Reduce watering in late season to avoid cracking the tuber skin


  • 120 to 135 days to maturity
  • Best for boiling, baking, casseroles, and pies
  • Copper skin, bright orange flesh
  • Resistant to fusarium wilt, southern root-knot nematode, internal cork, and sweet potato beetle

Have you ever tried growing Jewel sweet potatoes? Are there any challenges you face growing them? Please tell us your best tips for growing Jewel sweet potatoes.


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