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Solanum tuberosum

Potato

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  • Solanum tuberosum | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
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Features

  • BloomsAugust to October
  • Height0.3m to 0.6m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.5m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourGreen

Description

Solanum tuberosum (Potato). You will need to plant the seed potatoes 5-6in deep in the soil and remember to water well, especially during dry weather and when the tubers begin to swell. To grow this vegetable with good results start with a certified seed and a sunny site. Remember not to plant the potatoes in the same spot for more than two seasons.

Characteristics

Annual or Perennial, Deciduous, Semi-evergreen or Evergreen, Vegetable

Other common names

White potato, Irish potato

Origin

Western S. America

Interest and use

Culinary, vegetable, food - potatoes.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

These warm-climate plants are demanding as they require full sun and rich, well-drained soil. Harvesting may start in early summer and may end in mid autumn. Fairly easy to grow.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds in the spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Potato blight, wireworm, softrot, common scab dry rot and slugs.

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