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4/30/2014 1 Comment
One Potato, Blue Potato
Organic fingerling seed potatoes have just arrived! Grown without any chemicals to prohibit sprouting so many do have sprouts. According to the grower, if you break sprouts off, it will take longer for the vines to emerge and the number of vines will increase which results in a smaller sized potato. Who knew?!
More great growing tips:
* Leave at least two eyes on each seed potato.
* If cutting them, let them heal for a day before planting.
* Dust seed potatoes with sulfur to prevent fungus and diseases.
* Add humus or compost to the soil before planting which adds organic matter and nutrients.
* Potatoes grow best when soil pH is 5.2-6.8. They also respond to calcium, so adding gypsum to the planting hole is recommended.
* Potatoes can rot if the soil is too cold. The ideal soil temp for planting is 55-70 degrees.
* To plant, dig a trench 6-8" deep; space seed potatoes 12" apart; cover with 3-4" of soil.
* Hilling: when the plants are about 8" high, cover them about half way with soil or straw. Repeat in about 2 weeks and again in another 2 weeks. This loose medium is where the tubers will develop.
* Fertilize using fish emulsion as a foliar spray every two weeks until they flower.
* Harvest when the greens are brown or killed by a heavy frost. Waiting this long will result in bigger and better tasting potatoes.
'All Blue' is a fingerling that has deep blue skin and blue flesh - it really is all blue! It has a rich taste. Keep them blue by not over-cooking and add vinegar to the water.
Stop in and see all our varieties of fingerling potatoes.
Feeding Your Family is a blog by a Wisconsin family and features delicious recipes for fingerling potatoes.
6/2/2014 10:58:47 pm
I adore potatoes, the heirlooms are my favorites. But I have never had any kind of luck with them. They have always failed to produce an actual decent sized potato for me. I had beautiful healthy plants, but that was it. That said, I didn't know about burying them in stages like that. I may have to try planting them again to see if that does the trick
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