November 21st, 2017

Potatoes

If you are thinking about growing your own potatoes, the recommended ones in our area are the Red Pontiac and Yukon Gold varieties. The Red Pontiac matures in 80+ days in the mid-season, has dark red skin with crisp white flesh and deep eyes. It’s heat tolerant, high yielding, and stores very well. It’s good for everything, except baking. Meanwhile, the Yukon Gold mature in 65+ days in the early season, have thin yellow skin with pink coloring around eyes and yellow flash. They are round tubers with excellent flavor and can be used for anything except hashbrowns. If you are still thinking about growing potatoes, here are some planting requirements to consider.

Care & Location


The optimal soil temperature for good growth ranges between 55 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. A week or two before planting, you’ll want to set your seeds where they will be exposed to warmth and lots of light. Then, you have the option to plant your potatoes in rows (the more popular option) on in mounds. Mounds are ideal for small spaces as you can grow in a more confined area.

For maximum crop, keep your potato vines well watered in the summer, but especially when they are in flower and immediately after. This is when the plant is creating new tubers, so water is critical. Water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry completely before evening. This will prevent disease. Once past critical watering stage while in flower, your plant is relatively drought resistant.