Vegetables and Fruit forum: Need recommendations for potato newbie

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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Jan 3, 2016 5:16 PM CST
I'd like to try growing potatoes this coming year in grow tubs (or similar). I think I can manage two of the 20-gal tubs for two different potato types. We do eat a lot of red potatoes in summer but perhaps some gold ones would also be nice. Can anyone recommend varieties and/or techniques for zone 5?
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jan 4, 2016 8:36 AM CST
I've always enjoyed a good harvest from the Red Pontiac. Last year I tried the German Butterball, and was really impressed with the harvest, and they seem to be storing well too.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Jan 4, 2016 9:07 AM CST
Tom - thanks for the suggestions. I'm planning more on prompt eating rather than storage unless I have a bumper crop. Nice to know that I can grow these in my area.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jan 4, 2016 10:37 AM CST
I recommend fingerlings - very tender and tasty.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Jan 4, 2016 1:23 PM CST
Deb - is there a particular variety of fingerling that you'd recommend? I don't have much experience with eating these as they always seem to be rather pricey in the grocery store.
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jan 4, 2016 1:54 PM CST
The storage is just a plus as far as the German Butterball are concerned. It doesn't stop them from being good to eat right away. Smiling I never grew the fingerlings because they are so small, and I hate pealing tiny potatoes. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Jan 4, 2016 2:28 PM CST
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As I get older, I'm more inclined to eat potato skins because I'm getting lazy.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Jan 4, 2016 3:34 PM CST
Can anyone recommend a good source for the midwest?
Name: Paul
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paulgrow
Jan 4, 2016 6:15 PM CST
They say a 1:7 ratio is a good harvest. Plant 10 pounds seed potatoes, harvest 70 pounds. I have been planting Russet as well as Yukon Gold and have attained a 1:10 ratio. planted 10 pounds harvest 100 pounds. Some of my russets go well over a pound. I sprinkle a 12-12-12 fertilizer in the planting furrow and mix it into the soil. Keep the plants well watered. About midway through the summer I topdress with compost. Good Luck with your spuds.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Jan 4, 2016 6:38 PM CST
Paul - thanks for posting those yield ratios! Where do you order your seed potatoes from?
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jan 4, 2016 6:44 PM CST
I get mine from my local feed store. They usually have a bushel of russets, reds, white, fingerlings, and sometimes those purpe skinned ones. I just go with whatever they have each year. I should keep better records, although any spud fresh out of the ground is no comparison to those at the grocer.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Jan 5, 2016 9:27 AM CST
I do have some local feed stores but I'll need to check if they carry seed potatoes.
Name: Eddie
Clemson,SC
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Aug 8, 2016 8:45 AM CST
I have difficulty find seed potatoes for fall planting. What I did this year is I bought ten pounds of organic potatoes at the grocery about two months prior to planting time which allowed the potatoes time to develop eyes.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Aug 8, 2016 10:04 AM CST
jeg - good idea! I did that with edible ginger that I grow in a big pot year-round. That one organic rhizome from 3 years ago keeps me well-supplied.
Unfortunately, my 'Sangre' developed some sort of blight. It was my third choice on an order that I had placed months in advance. First choice was unavailable at shipping time, second choice ran out so I had to settle. Have learned my lesson but, this year was a learning year. I only got 1 1/2 dozen golf ball-sized 'Sangre' potatoes. 'German Butterball' tried to resist the blight and hung in there a little longer but the foliage finally succumbed to blight. I did get a little better harvest but not what I had hoped for. We had a hot, humid, dry first half of summer and that's when the blight developed. I would like to try 'German Butterball' again but definitely want a more disease-resistant red potato.
Name: Connie White
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TnWildflower
Aug 30, 2016 9:47 PM CST
I have clay soil so trying to grow anything in this clsy isnt a very good choice for me. I am making a bin 4x4 size of reg. Pallet but homemade the front can be built up as i go. To allow the potatos more room to produce something i am using compost leaves whatever i can keep periodically adding more and adding a section in the front as i go highet.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Aug 31, 2016 7:32 AM CST
I've seen that done and was always curious about it. I'd be interested in your harvest rate.
Name: Robyn
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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robynanne
Aug 31, 2016 8:26 AM CST
I'm going to get seed potatoes from the local small greenhouse / feed store next spring. Also the corn seed from there. It is a little tiny shop that sells chicks and rabbits and plants of all kinds.

My advice for zone 5 - you probably have some more wiggle room, but I'm in zone 4 and I needed to plant much much earlier. Get them in the ground in the spring as soon as you can manage.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
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Aug 31, 2016 8:34 AM CST
Robyn - I have two similar places near me and decided that I'll buy my seed potatoes locally next year. Seemed like there were half a dozen varieties to chose from. I did mail order this year back in Jan and it was very frustrating when advised in Mar that one of my choices wasn't available. Have learned a lot this year.

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