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Potato, ‘Blue’

Blue potatoes in particular have an exquisite flavor, and the blue color adds a conversation piece to your dinner table. Blue potato bushes are easy to grow on your own. Potatoes are in the same family as tomatoes and peppers, but do not require as much heat to grow. Potatoes typically grow below ground, while the bushes grow above ground. Because of their color, blue potatoes add a unique flair to everyday cuisine. In their native land of South America, they are often used in conjunction with herbs and spices to make salads and potato cakes, or they get sliced up, dried and eaten as they are.

From a nutritional standpoint, these blue-pigmented heirlooms have multiple bells and whistles. Blue potatoes contain a moderate amount of dietary fiber. This non-digestible substance helps fill you up, and it also regulates blood sugar and helps prevent high cholesterol. Potassium content is high in blue potatoes, and other varieties as well.

POTATOES ARE EASY TO GROW VEGETABLES. One of the easiest root crops to grow is the potato. Plus, they’re fun to grow. A small area can provide a nice yield of this tasty vegetable. It is important to turn the soil before you plant your potato bush. Early spring is the best time to plant them. One of the bonuses of growing potatoes is that you can eat them at various stages of growth. The young ‘new potatoes’ are often harvested and cooked with peas and gravy, while most are allowed to reach maturity and are eaten or stored for use throughout the winter.


# Description Qty per Unit Units Available Price/Unit
Potato Blue-1
Potato Blue-2

Plant Details +

Bulb Type Seed potatoes
Size Size A
Height 20-25"
Spread 18-24"
Spacing 12-15"
Depth 3-5" & 30-36" between rows
Hardiness Zone 3-9
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Open, average-sized, medium-green leaves
Yield 100 lbs. / 100' row
Days to Maturity 90-100 days
Harvest Lots of No. 1 tubers early in the season!

General Information +

Planting/Care Instructions +

Easy to Grow: SOIL PREPARATION - potatoes grow in just average soil, so a great deal of soil preparation is not really needed. However the addition of some compost or a little peat moss is beneficial. Avoid using fresh manure or lime in the soil where potatoes are to be grown, as it tends to cause scab on the potatoes. The addition of either 5-10-10 or 10-20-20 fertilizer is beneficial. Mix the fertilizer into the planting soil, prior to planting. Till or spade the soil to a depth of ten or twelve inches. Dependably productive, shows good resistance to bothersome scab.

Planting Instructions: CUTTING POTATOES - if the seed potatoes are small to medium sized, plant the whole potato. If they are large sized, you can cut them in half, or quarter them. Each section should have two or three 'growth eyes'. After cutting, let the cut surface callus-over before planting them. SPACING - potatoes can be grown in many different ways. If you have lots of room the cut pieces can be spaced about a foot apart in rows which are spaced two to three feet apart. Then cover with about an inch of soil. Pull in additional soil as the plants develop. Always be certain the surface tubers are covered with soil. Hilling or mounding is another method of growing potatoes. Three or four pieces of potatoes are planted on a mound of soil, pulling in additional soil as the potatoes develop. WATERING – Black or hollow centers on potatoes is often caused by over-watering. Irregular watering causes irregular shaped or knobby potatoes. As a guideline, water potatoes (thoroughly) weekly during warmer summer weather. HARVESTING – When the vine dies and falls over, it is time to harvest your blue potatoes. You will want to dig around the plant with a pitchfork carefully so as not to break or puncture the tubers. After harvesting, the blue potatoes can be stored in burlap sacks, baskets, or boxes, and feel free to brush off the excess soil. Your freshly harvested potatoes can be stored at a temperature of 50-60 degrees for a period of two weeks in order to cure them.

When to Plant Outdoors: Select a sunny location and plant in early spring in the soil.