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Growing Seed Potatoes

Learn all about the care of seed potatoes so you can get them started in your garden this year!

ALL BLUE – 100 days. Blue flesh streaked with white. When cooked, they turn soft purple-blue and have a
fluffy texture and nutty flavor.

RUSSET – 90 days. Produces uniform tubers that are quick to size up making them excellent russet to
grow in the short seasons of the northern states. Excellent for baking and long-term storage.

IRISH COBBLER – 90 days. Early maturing white skinned potato with fluffy texture when baked.

KATAHDIN – 120 days. White skinned large round to oblong tubers are excellent for baking. Good keeper.

KENNEBEC – 120 days. Oval, white skinned tuber with excellent eating quality. By far our best selling

RED NORLAND – 90 days. Most favored red skinned potato in the home garden. Very productive,
medium-sized tubers with unmatched flavor.

RED PONTIAC – 110 days. Large red skinned potato grown for its good storage ability.

SUPERIOR – 100 days. Improved cobbler-type, white skinned potato. Medium sized, good yield and better keeper than earlier varieties.

YUKON GOLD – 100 days. Possibly the best all-purpose eating potato grown today. Skin is yellow and
meat is a buttery golden yellow with outstanding flavor. Good winter keeper.

GROWING TIPS – Potatoes are usually grown from seed potatoes, a small piece of potato with at least one growing eye, which will sprout into a new plant. It is important to buy certified, disease-free seed potatoes. Cut seed potatoes about 11/2 inches square, making sure that each has at least one good eye.
Cutting the potatoes one week before planting allows the cut surface to heal slightly. Some growers dip
cut pieces into a dilute bleach solution or commercial fungicide to prevent rot. You may also buy small
potatoes and plant them whole to avoid a rot risk. Set the pieces, cut side down, eye up, about 4 inches
deep, 12-14 inches apart in rows 3 feet apart. Sprouts usually appear after 2-3 weeks. When plants are 5-6
inches high, hill up mulch and soil around the growing stems. Five pounds of seed potatoes will plant a
50 foot row.

Harvest a few ‘new potatoes’ soon after the tops flower. Remove some golf ball size potatoes and leave the rest to grow to maturity. For full size tubers, harvest when plant dies back.

Store in a cold, humid environment.

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