CERTIFIED SEED POTATOES
Price = approx. 2 lb. bag for $3.49
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.
This deep red Potato
with creamy white flesh has excellent flavor and is ideal for boiling and
steaming. When cooked, it has a fluffier texture than more waxy reds, so it also
bakes and roasts very well. This midseason variety grows vigorously in both
northern and southern states, producing high yields of medium-size tubers.
Stores well for a red variety.
Majestic purple flesh
inside satiny purple skin beautifully describes this variety from Colorado. All
Blue crossed with a white fleshed chipping variety has produced a royal potato
exceptionally high in anthocyanin, an antioxidant (like blueberries). Oblong
tubers make stunning chips or fries. Resistant to most viruses, susceptible to
fusarium dry rot. Ideal for early market or summer eating; good for short-term
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
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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