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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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Name: Paul
Allen Park, MI (Zone 6a)
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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?
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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.
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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
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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.
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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.
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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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Shadegardener
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.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb

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