Welcome to Steele Plant Company, Inc!
Steele Plant Company was founded in 1953 in Gleason, Tennessee by Claude Steele and Dudley “Butch” Sanders. Claude was a produce man and Butch was a school teacher. At first, the potato farm was designed to be a second income for the pair, but it quickly became a full-time business and family tradition.
Today, the Steele family continues this tradition … even the youngest members of the family helping out. The Steele Plant mission continues to be “provide the best quality sweet potato plants and the best service possible.”
We are now accepting orders for the Spring 2017 gardening season. Be sure to check the map on the shipping information page for our recommended dates. You can specify a different date by stating that request in the notes section as you check out.
Sweet potato plant orders are shipped from mid-April until mid-June. We cannot be responsible for plants that are requested to be shipped earlier than our recommended dates, as our shipping cartons are not insulated and they can freeze during shipping. Sweet potatoes are not cold-hardy and a light frost will kill them. If cold night time temperatures are expected (below 50 degrees), the plants should be protected with a row cover.
All our plants are shipped ‘bare root’. This means they are not ‘potted up’ and will not appear as the pack plants that are offered at the box stores. They will wilt and possibly lose some leaves during shipping. This is ok. We trim the leaves and roots some when we set our own crop.
We hope you will try our plants. Growing your own vegetables is economical and healthy!