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Potato Pictures By Variety (continued - page 4)

Potato Pictures By Variety
(continued - page 4)

Which Varieties of Potatoes
The potatoes in the table below are all recommended varieties for the home gardener. Potatoes are affected by the type of soil in which they are grown, so try a couple of varieties before deciding which is correct for your garden. Click here for pictures of worthy potatoes which do not appear in the 'recommended' list below.


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Maris Bard White White Y Y Y Y   Y    

Winston White Cream Y Y Y       Y  

Rocket White White Y Y Y     Y    


Estima Yellow Yellow   Y Y Y   Y Y  

Valor White Cream   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y

Desiree Red Yellow   Y   Y Y Y    

Cream   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y


Charlotte Yellow Yellow Y Y       Y    

Nicola Yellow Yellow Y Y Y Y   Y    

New varieties of potatoes are constantly being introduced. The aim of potato breeders nowadays is to maintain a good taste, but make the potatoes resistant to slugs and blight. This is where the 'Hairy Bolivian Potatoes' make their comeback!

Many of our potatoes today originate from potatoes from Bolivia. These potatoes were capable of growing on the snowline of mountains at very high altitudes. They survived through these cold conditions because the foliage was covered with fine hairs. This gave the leaves an insulating layer to protect them from frost. Potato breeders are inter-breeding these old original potatoes with our new varieties to get the best taste and also better frost resistance.

Another benefit of the layer of hair on the leaves is increased resistance to 'blight', the major potato disease. Blight is an airborne disease where the blight 'spores' are blown by the wind onto the leaves of potatoes. Here, they send out little roots which enter the potato leaves and infect the entire plant. With the layer of hair however, the spores land on the hairs and have to send out their little roots much further to infect the leaves. In most instances, the spores are so exhausted by the time they reach the leaves, that they die before infecting the plant.

So, if you notice that new varieties, after 1990, have hairier leaves, don't worry, it's the latest in potato fashion. 





Name: sarah
E-mail: Private
Date posted: August 15, 2011 - 03:55 pm
Message: why have my potatoes got what looks like warts on them and are the ok to eat

Name: Michael
Date posted: June 29, 2011 - 09:34 pm
Message: i am interested in where i can buy the orignal potatoe. I am from Poland and back there the potatoes have way more flavor than here in America. I am growing some in my garden but they aren't the ones that i knew when i was growing up. Is it possibe to get potatoes that blooms and have a fruit?

Name: mr mckeowm
Date posted: June 19, 2011 - 04:39 pm
Message: I am growing potatos and comming off the leaves are green round ball (like toms) do you know why if so can you please let me know.Thank you.

Name: Charles
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Date posted: June 07, 2011 - 10:23 pm
Message: Potato is about 12-15 inches tall and spindly.Some are blooming and smaller ones are dying. They seem to be turning dark and rotting and breaking off at ground level. Been raising spuds for years,this is a first.Thanks

Name: Locadia
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Date posted: December 28, 2010 - 08:55 am
Message: what is this potato disease and the causal agent: purpling leaves, stunted growth and die back on same crop.

Name: Dave Limerick
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Date posted: September 30, 2010 - 03:33 am
Message: Can somebody please tell me what the small green cherry tomato like growths are.I cut one open to find that they have seed inside.

Name: Douglas
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Date posted: August 01, 2010 - 07:23 am
Message: My potato plants grow to enormous hights - is it safe to cut the plants back a bit to stop them from falling over?