Welcome to Steele Plant Company, LLC!
Steele Plant Company, Tennessee largest Sweet Potato Plant Dealer, 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 sweet 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 GENERALLY BEGIN SHIPPING SWEET POTATO PLANTS MID APRIL – THEY ARE NOT LIKE THE REGULAR POTATO OR ‘IRISH’ POTATO. SWEET POTATOES ARE A WARM WEATHER VEGETABLE AND MUST BE PLANTED AFTER FROST WHEN THE SOIL HAS WARMED TO ABOUT 70 – 75 DEGREES.
Regular or ‘Irish’ potatoes are members of the nightshade family Solanaceae and the scientific name is Solanum Tuberosum. But sweet potatoes are members of the morning glory family and the scientific name is Ipomoca Batatas.
Be sure to check out the suggest harvesting instructions for your Sweet Potato crop. Check the maturity date of the variety of Sweet Potato that you ordered so you can know when to harvest them.
We are taking orders now and onion plants are shipping for the appropriate areas that are ready. Place your order also for Sweet Potato plants to ship later in the spring. You can indicate in the note section as you check out when you would like them shipped or we will ship according the Map under the Info tab. Remember, Sweet Potato plants are not cold proof and can be damaged during shipping if the weather is cold. It is better to plant a week later than a week early if you are in a colder zone.
Plan now to put the best quality Sweet Potato plants in your spring garden.
Thank you and please let us know if we can help in anyway!