The season is just getting started and seed potatoes are here at Hook’s! Potatoes are a great cool season crop that can be planted 2-3 weeks after the last frost. We sell seed potatoes can be cut into pieces and planted, as long as each piece has an eye it will grow.

We recommend planting each piece of potato 6-8 inches deep and spaced approximately 1-2 feet apart in rows 3 feet apart. Each tobur should be planted with the cut side down and eye up. Potatoes prefer loose well drained soil and full sun. For best results potatoes need about 1 inch of water a week either from watering or rain. Although, be sure to discontinue watering once the foliage begins to die back. Potatoes have varying growing period lengths so be sure to check how long the variety you pick takes. Potatoes vary in shape, color, taste, storage capacity and how long they take to grow. Below is a guide to the different varieties of seed potatoes that can be found at Hook’s this season!

 

 

 

Choosing Potato Varieties:

  • Kennebec are oblong shaped potatoes with shallow eyes, smooth skin and white flesh. These potatoes are a mid-season variety that store well and work well for boiling, mashing, roasting, or frying.
  • Red Pontiac vary from oblong to round in shape, have medium deep eyes and dark red, smooth or netted skin and white flesh. These late season potatoes have a short storage life. They taste excellent when baked and are decent for boiling.
  • Yukon Gold potatoes are oval shaped with shallow, pink eyes, yellowish skin and light yellow flesh. These mid-season potatoes have an excellent shelf life and are good for boiling or baking.
  • Red Norland potatoes are medium oblong shaped potatoes with smooth red skin and white flesh. These early to mid-season potatoes have a good shelf life and are decent for cooking.
  • Russett potatoes have long and very smooth, with many shallow eyes, dark russetted and netted skin and white flesh. These mid-season potatoes have a good shelf life, and are good for baking.
  • Adirondack Blue potatoes produce high yields of oblong potatoes with deep purple skin and flesh that holds its color when cooked. These early to mid season potatoes are high in antioxidants.
  • Mountain Rose potatoes produce high yields of potatoes with vibrant red skin and flesh. These early season potatoes are high in antioxidants.

 

You may have noticed that instead of saying how many days it takes for each variety to mature they have a early season, mid-season or late season. Potato seasons refer to the number of days it takes for the potatoes to mature rather than when in the season to plant them. Here is the definition of each of those labels:

  • Early: 85-95 days
  • Mid-season: 90-100 days
  • Late: 110-120 days

Here at Hook’s we sell seed potatoes in 5 lbs bags. The bags of Mountain Rose and Adirondack Blue are $5.99 while the bags of the other varieties are $4.99. Stop by Hook’s to check out our selection of seed potatoes and other veggies! Be sure to ask our knowledgeable staff if you have any potato related (or not related) questions!

 

References: CF&G Seed potato & onion product guide