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These are all of the potato things I need reminding of at the start of the season when I'm picking varieties and making a planting plan.
Mid, Early, Late Season Varieties
- Yukon Gold, early season, medium storage.
- Red Prarie, mid to early season, excellent storage.
- Dark Red Norland, mid to early season, medium storage.
- Huckleberry Gold, mid season, purple skin, gold flesh, medium storage.
- German Butterball, mid season, gold flesh, excellent storage.
- Russet Burbank, late season, medium storage.
- French Fingerling, mid to late season, red skin with yellow flesh with red specks, larger than most fingerlings, medium to long storage.
- Carola, mid to late season, excellent storage. Yellow fleshed german cultivar. Abundant yields, disease resistant.
Planting & Storing
- 12 pounds of seed potatoes per 100 feet of row length
- plant 2-4 wks before last frost; protect from frost as needed
- soil should be at least 40 degrees Farenheit before planting
- heavy feeders; generously apply compost
- space plants 8-12" apart (more if using containers)
- space rows 2-3' apart
- dig a trench 4-8" deep; plant; cover; hill as needed to protect tubers from light
- harvest when leaf die back begins
- harvest during dry spell, not after recent rain, for best storage
- curing is critical for longterm storage; "Store tubers at about 50-60°F at high relative humidity (95%) for 10-14 days to allow wounds to heal before placing potatoes into colder storage." (view source)
- store dark and cool (40-45°F) with adequate ventilation