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CERTIFIED SEED POTATOES

Price = approx. 2 lb. bag for $2.50 

YUKON GOLD

One of the best selling early varieties.  Excellent flavor.  Yukon Gold doesn’t set a lot of tubers, nor are the plants huge, so space them a little closer together and you’ll get high production.  Makes great salads and is a fine steamer/boiler or baked potato.  Excellent yields, good keeping, drought-tolerant, but not highly disease resistant.  Brown skin, yellow flesh.

CAL WHITE

Very high yielding variety. Spacing between plants should be close to avoid oversize tubers. Performs well in hot climates. Good resistance to growth cracks. Good storability; short dormancy period.;  White skin and flesh.

RED LASODA

Another early potato, Red Lasoda sets lots of small tubers early and then they slowly bulk out.  A very good keeper and grows just about anywhere, very adaptable and productive.  Nice creamy texture.  Red skin, white flesh.

PURPLE MAJESTY

Mid season potato.  Purple flesh inside satiny purple skin beautifully describes this newly-released variety from Colorado. All Blue crossed with a white fleshed chipping variety has produced a royal potato exceptionally high in anthocyanins, an antioxidant. Oblong tubers make stunning chips or fries. Resistant to most viruses, susceptible to fusarium dry rot.  Ideal for summer eating; good for short-term storage only.

DON’T USE STORE POTATOES FOR SEED! 

Commercial potatoes are chemically treated to delay sprouting.  When they do sprout, the chemical inhibits growth which results in low yields.  Also, you may risk introducing diseases that will infect your other potatoes.

HOW MUCH DO YOU NEED?

We figure 1 pound of cut-up seed will plant 8-10 feet of row when the seed pieces are spaced 1 foot apart in a trench about 6-8” deep in rows 3’ apart.  2 lbs. of seed potatoes can produce up to 50 lbs. of potatoes depending on the variety.  Let cut pieces skin over before planting to prevent rotting.  Large potatoes can be cut up but be sure to have an eye with each piece.  It is best to let them sprout before planting or cutting the potato up.

HOW TO GROW POTATOES

Potatoes like a soil best with lots of organic matter and regular water.  Soil pH should be about 6.0 to 6.8  - so somewhat acidic.   When stems are about 8” high, gently hill the soil up from both sides with a hoe leaving 4” exposed.  Every 2-3 weeks, hill the potatoes again.  All tubers will form between your seed and the top.  Make sure all potatoes are covered with soil.  Potatoes turn green when exposed to light and are not good to eat.  Once the plant is flowering, you may get some small potatoes carefully.  If you can wait for the tops to die down naturally, you will get a much larger harvest.  (If the gophers don’t get them first…)  Think about using cages, tires, and other above ground methods to foil the gophers.

 

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