Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Posted By: in Vegetables
yukon gold potatos

Potatoes are one of the easiest and most rewarding vegetables to grow in your garden. All you need is a little bit of space, sunshine and potato seedlings.

Potatoes come in a variety of types, sizes, shapes and colours including white, yellow or even blue. To get started either purchase potato seedlings, generally available in March or cut your own potatoes into large chunks. Each chunk should contain at least two eyes or growth points. Allow freshly cut potatoes to dry for 24 hours before planting.

Plant your spuds in an area that recieves at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight. While they will tolerate less light, they will produce smaller crops.

The planting area should have rich, loose, well drained soil, preferably mildly acidic. Mix bonemeal in with the soil to help promote root/tuber development. New potato plant growth is tender so wait until chances of frost have passed before planting. In our area, this is usually mid to late March. Tubers may rot if planted to early as the soil is likely cold and wet.

Potato plants will produce potatoes off any part of the stem that is covered in soil. As the plant grows to about 1ft in height, gently hill up or mound the soil around the stem. Leave about half the stem exposed. Repeat this process every couple of weeks until the plant begins to flower.

During the growing season, water your potato plant regularly and deeply, but allow the mound to go somewhat dry between waterings. A good foliar fertilizer, or fish emulsion can be used every 2-3 weeks until the plant begins to bloom. Do not fertilize after flowering has started.

Harvest your potatoes when the foliage begins to die back. Gently remove a little bit of soil from the soil mound to determine if the potatoes are ready. Place the potatoes in a cool dry place for a couple of days to allow the skins to toughen up.

Enjoy your spuds!

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Our Favourite Potato Varieties

Name Harvest Yield Skin Colour Size Comments
Norland Early High Red Large High yielding variety, adapts well to different soils. Sensitive to drought. Susceptible to skinning and bruising if harvested before maturity. Washes well at maturity
Sangre Mid High Red Large Ranks high in taste tests. No after cooking discoloration. High levels of vitamin C
Russet Burbank Late Good Russet Large Requires uniform moisture supply and long growing season to produce maximum quality tubers and to prevent knobbiness and second growth
Kennebec Mid-Late High White Very Large High yielding, fast growing variety. Widely adapted.
Warba Very Early High White Large High yielding variety
Bintje Late High Yellow Medium High yielding, widely adapted. Higher tuber set, give each plant more space, approx 40-45cm apart
Yukon Gold Mid High Yellow Medium Large tubers. Slightly susceptible to hollow heart.
Banana Late High Gourmet Fingerling Fresh market specialty potato. Yellow fleshed. Produces 15-20 tubers per plant
Nicola Late Good Gourmet Medium Low GI rating, good for diabetics.
If you are looking for a specific potato variety, please visit Art's Nursery or call 604.882.1201 ahead of time to confirm availability. Best Potato selection is during the month of March.

Rebecca van der Zalm

Rebecca van der Zalm

Rebecca is an owner and the ‘Plant Boss’ of Art’s Nursery Garden & Home, a large family owned garden centre in Surrey. Fueled by her passion for plants and the occasional grande vanilla latte, Rebecca strives to share her love of gardening at every opportunity. The goal: to offer more service, more selection and more fun.
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