I dug mine at 90 days, by which time the tops had died and the tubers were bigger. Approved Tissue Culture & Mini-Tuber Facilities, NZ Seed Potato Certification Guides & Rules, Potato texture changes throughout the year, Potatoes NZ Newsletter #102 – November 2020, 2020: The year that proved our industry’s resilience and agility. Web Design by Activate. I'll happily pay $10 for a box of Oamaru's finest baby bennes, because they just didn't do well here. 'Purple Heart' (7.2kg): Not a great yield but a great novelty, with squid-ink skins and violet flesh. Don't wait for the plants to flower because they most likely won't! an Ilam Hardy early in the season (October) is quite waxy. Some potatoes have moderate amounts of starch. Small, new potatoes. Position. A mid season Ilam Hardy is a good general purpose potato, while towards the end of the season a lot more of the natural sugars have converted to starch, so it tends to be floury. Early potatoes can be planted from now on. Fertile, well drained soil that has not been amended with manure for at least 6 months. An early bulking variety with good all-round disease resistance, well suited to the early processing market. Plant up from March to late May. Full sun. There are two main parts of a potato – water and starch. HIGHLY POPULAR, MULTI-PURPOSE POTATO WITH EXCELLENT TASTE, VERY SUITABLE FOR PRE-PACKING AND PROCESSING INTO FRENCH FRIES AND CRISPS. Incorporate a specialised potato fertiliser or other high-potassium fertiliser into the bottom of the trenches and cover with a layer of soil. The plants were healthy and quick-growing (dig after 70-80 days). Its only downside is purely aesthetic: the tubers have creamy-yellow flesh, rather than white. They are called general purpose potatoes. It is important to remember both are different when cooked. Three favourite varieties are: Agria: a main crop potato with long oval shaped with yellow flesh it is a great all rounder. If you have access to a glasshouse or tunnelhouse, grow a crop under cover. Taking a leaf from his book, I hired a rotary hoe to prepare my trial bed – the same bed in which I grew 26 carrot varieties in 2012, hundreds of cloves of garlic in 2013 and close to half a tonne of pumpkins last summer, with cover crops of mustard in between – and got my husband to help. Flavoured with nostalgia, perhaps? 'Rudolph' is a new white-fleshed variety with large tubers that are delicious baked in their skins (even when new and waxy). They have a dense texture and retain their shape during cooking. Plant up from the end of February to late May. Let us consider in more detail the ultra early, early and middle early potato varieties on the market. Compact habit. See more ideas about Potato varieties, Potatoes, Food. When I interviewed Pukekohe potato grower Maurice Balle on Get Growing last spring he told me it's best to plant potatoes in rows running from north to south, so the morning sun warms one side of the mound, and the afternoon sun the other. Hi Stephan, we aren't aware of those varieties being available in NZ but some suggestions are: Red Rascal for Kerrs Pink and Ilam Hardy, Agria, Summer Delight for the other floury varieties. Digging them is like hunting for buried treasure, as they're so hard to spot in the soil! As the season progresses a potato changes e.g. Conditions throughout the season can also vary the texture of potatoes. The leafy tops are frost tender, so if you live in a cold climate you'll need to protect the plants from late frosts. Benefit from 'chitting' prior to planting. Anatoki: A very promising extremely early ripening variety, starting 2-3 weeks before Unique. The variety within the bag will change depending on what variety the grower assesses to be the best option at that time. The variety of the potato is generally marked on the packaging either on a neck tie or by a sticker. These good all-rounders have moderate starch content and are not too floury, not too waxy – they sit between the two ends of the spectrum. Like most common vegetables eaten today, potatoes came to New Zealand from Britain and by 1880 they were a staple part of the early settlers’ diet. Early harvest waxy potato suitable for boiling, salads, casseroles, soups. Susceptible to potato virus Yo. They have a dry and delicate texture, break up easily when cooked and absorb a lot of liquid and flavour. Sprouting spuds is as simple as laying them out on newspaper or in egg cartons in a warm room, out of direct sunlight (so they don't turn green). First early potatoes. Learn more. The longer it's in, the bigger they get. Pretty on the plate, it has firm white flesh and consistently sized tubers, with not too many tiddlers. Potatoes (Early) Growing Guide Crop Rotation Group. In my grandfather's day, the main croppers were planted when the earlies were harvested – largely to save space, I suspect – but there's no reason why you can't plant all your potatoes at the same time. Bred by Roy Hart. © 2020 and Design: Potatoes New Zealand. * Depends on growing conditions, weather, and time of year. Varieties which tend to be waxy are most early, new season potatoes; Nadine, Draga, Frisia, Jersey Bennie, Red King Edward, Highlander, Osprey, Tiffany, Annabelle, Gourmandine and Marilyn.*. This is a list of potato varieties or cultivars.Potato cultivars can have a range of colors due … 'Allura' (11.3kg yield): If you want lush rows of good-looking potato plants with pretty purple flowers as well as a cracker haul of early (80 days) tubers with firm, flavoursome flesh, then 'Allura' ticks all the boxes. Even after 80 days, the tubers were far too big to boil whole. Frosted potato foliage turns black and mushy. Heirloom Potatoes and Ash-Leaved Early Variety "Ariel" The growing season is 65-70 days, but they start digging up roots earlier. The next step is to dig 20cm deep trenches across the plot, spaced a generous 60cm apart. Organic varieties Currently available Show only these categories: Early Season Potatoes (16) Log in to order ... Redsen unavailable, check back later no Early Season Potatoes 7705 If you miss Sangre as much as we do, try Redsen, a cunning all-purpose early potato. You can still eat them as earlies by digging them up while the plants are actively growing, but if you want the tubers to store for any length of time  you need to let the plants die right down before harvesting so the skins have hardened and cured. medium early potato varieties (60–80 days), mid-season potato varieties (80–100 days), medium late potato varieties (100–120 days), late potato varieties (120 days or more). According to his old farming diaries, my grandfather Albert planted his early potato crop on the same day each year: September the 1st. * Some potatoes can be used for most end uses. Feeding. "I'm always satisfied with the best.". Contact Us +64 3 322 8117. mortonsmith_dawe@xtra.co.nz. Amora : Amora will produce high yields of uniform, oval tubers with yellow skins and flesh. Were I ever on death row, I'd request them for my last supper: a big bowl of waxy-fleshed, golf ball-sized baby potatoes, steamed with handfuls of fresh mint and served with nothing more than good quality butter, sea salt and cracked pepper. No. Early varieties take between 60-100 days from planting to harvest, and generally produce smaller yields. We dug in an actual truckload of compost, dug spade-deep trenches, sprinkled in some Nitrophoska Blue fertiliser, then laid the seed potatoes out in long rows and mounded them up. Use frost cloth or sheets of newspaper. I really rate 'Rocket'. Seed Potato and Product Suppliers. There are three key types of potatoes, first early, second early and maincrop. More floury than waxy, I dug it after 90 days; leave to die down for storage. Apr 15, 2020 - Explore Lara Cares's board "Potato varieties in New Zealand", followed by 349 people on Pinterest. Jersey Benne: this early variety is an oval to kidney shaped potato with white skin and white flesh, it is an excellent potato for mashing or boiling, soups, casseroles and salads. There are a plethora of mid-season potato types which mature between 95-110 days. To determine which category a potato falls into, the percentage of dry matter is measured – in other words, the percentage within the potato which is not water. There is a lot of interest in different potato varieties. Find information here on 50 heirloom potato varieties. First, because this main crop variety grows like it's on a diet of illegal steroids (at 80 days, the tubers average 200-300g each, with my biggest single spud tipping the scales at 650g), so it's best grown as a winter keeper rather than a Christmas cropper. Learn more. 'Arran Banner', is a Scottish heirloom early that is ready to dig in 70-80 days. These can be ready as soon as 10 to 12 weeks after planting. First early seed potatoes take around 80 days after planting to mature and should be ready to start harvesting in mid June 2017 in average areas of the UK. First Early Potatoes Plant first early potatoes between the end of February and late May. Plant 30cm apart, with 60cm between rows, around 12cm deep. Even though I dug these creamy-fleshed earlies quite late (because they were in the back row), the flesh was still waxy after 100 days. The more water, the more waxy the potato is in texture. Main crop potatoes such as 'Agria' take up to 150 days to fully mature. There are more than 50 varieties grown in New Zealand. HIGH YIELDING EARLY WASHING AND PRE-PACKING POTATO WITH EXCELLENT TASTE. Potatoes referred to as “new” don’t really have their own type, but rather, they are harvested early when they are small. For boiling, salads, braises and stews use waxy, smooth textured potatoes. Māori potatoes or taewa are varieties of potato (Solanum tuberosum subsp. Use waxy potatoes for boiling as floury potatoes will not hold together when boiled and will not make a good salad. First early seed potatoes from our range of seed potato varieties that grow very well in our climate Trees exclusively available from Waimea Nurseries. Another shy flowerer. 'Liseta' was a dark horse because its leafy tops were fairly small, giving no indication as to what lay beneath. Small, new potatoes. Ultra early. When the eyes start to pop out on stalks, they're good to go. 'Van Rosa' (8kg yield): Redder than 'Rudolph', this traditional main cropper needs at least 90-100 days to fatten up. 'Jersey Benne' (6.6kg yield): What does Oamaru have that I don't? Second Early Potatoes. Floury potatoes are low in water content and high in starch. Van Rosa. The flesh is creamy yellow, like 'Agria', and suits baking, roasting and mashing. What-potatoes were our ancestors eating? These potatoes fall into the general purpose category and will tend to perform most tasks, although perhaps with not as good results as the ones which clearly fall into the floury or waxy categories. Indeed, I recommend it, because an early start means even the slowest growers will be ready to harvest by January. (On the down side, that black gold makes for very dirty potatoes when  harvesting on wet days. (Provisionally protected by NZ PVR.) But when I dug them up, I couldn't fit them all into my willow weighing basket! Some may include: All-purpose potato suitable for boiling, roasting, salads. (Or, at a pinch, 'Cliff Kidney'.) Potatoes can be classed as first earlies, second earlies, or maincrop. They don’t absorb a lot of oil or dressing. Mound up at planting time; you can always mulch heavily later on. A versatile all-rounder. Roasted, boiled, mashed or in a salad – no matter how you serve yours, they will always taste better dug out of your own garden. They'll be ready for harvest in around ten weeks from planting. For more like this, subscribe to NZ Gardener at mags4gifts.co.nz, To purchase the NZ Gardener special edition, 'Homegrown Potatoes: A practical guide to growing spuds & root crops',  phone 09 909 6897. Not a huge yielder but firm and tasty. Main variety potatoes are ready to harvest after their flowers die back (usually 3-4 months after planting). Good size smooth fruit with sweet mild flavour. Its early (80-90 days) tubers seemed to naturally repel dirt, coming out of the soil clean as a whistle. The main varieties are Russett Burbank, Innovator, Rua, Nadine, Agria, Moonlight, Desiree, Ilam Hardy and Red Rascal. As much as I love 'Agria' – the classic fluffy-fleshed main crop potato for baking, boiling and mashing, roasting and chipping – you couldn't pay me to eat one in late spring or early summer. But the flavour, oh, the flavour! Potatoes NZ Newsletter #101 – October 2020, Potato Chat October 2020: Onslow’s favourite spud dishes. Delicious! a Southland grown Nadine may be very waxy while a Pukekohe grown Nadine may be only slightly waxy. tuberosum and andigena) cultivated by Māori people, especially those grown before New Zealand was colonised by the British.. Māori have grown potatoes for at least 200 years, and "taewa" refers collectively to some traditional varieties, including Karuparerā, Huakaroro, Raupī, Moemoe, and Tūtae-kurī. Potatoes are swollen underground stems, called tubers. Growers cook test potatoes to assess how they perform when cooked. First earlies are ideal for planting in potato grow bags or large Additionally, some other mid-season potato varieties to choose from are: Catalina; Chieftain; French Fingerling; Gold Rush; Ida Rose With cutting you can expect to plant 14-16 individual “hills”. Some potatoes can be used for both boiling and roasting. Early (new) varieties of potato can be harvested earlier compared to maincrop potato varieties. I aim to get all my potatoes dug before we go away for the holidays, and in doing so avoid issues with both blight and the late summer plague of tomato-potato psyllids. Varieties which tend to be general purpose are Rua, Desiree, Moonlight, Rocket, Van Rosa, Karaka, Driver, Vivaldi, Purple Passion, Maris Anchor and Summer Delight.*. First early or ‘new’ potatoes are so-called because they are the earliest to crop, in June. Early Season Varieties should be ready to harvest 50-70 days after planting. 'Maris Anchor' (9.3kg yield): 'Maris Anchor' is more of a chorus line spud than a limelight stealer. In New Zealand there are over 200 potato growers and the growing area is 10,591 hectares. 'Cliff Kidney' (8.7kg yield): If you want itty-bitty baby potatoes for salads, dig 'Cliff Kidney' after 60-70 days. I was impressed by both 'Purple Passion''s yield and average tuber size. "I am a man of simple tastes," wrote Oscar Wilde. First early seed potatoes are planted between February and April and normally harvested in June and July, prior to other varieties. Early varieties take between 60-100 days from planting to harvest, and generally produce smaller yields. But are they really the pick of the early crop? GEMINI: Early season, good storage life. From November until Christmas, when new season's potatoes – those waxy baby spuds with skins so soft you can scrape them off with a butter knife – hit the shops, the only potato that anyone wants on their lips is 'Jersey Benne'. I am too, especially when the simple taste I'm satisfying is a craving for new season's potatoes, unearthed and eaten within the hour. Parentage Quarta x Semlo Breeder Kartoffelzucht Böhm, Germany Breeder's Representative Agrico, Netherlands Maturity Early main to main crop Yield Very high Tubers Large to very large tubers Long oval shape