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Potato, ‘Kennebec’

The ‘Kennebec’ is a large potato, and it looks very pretty with its light tan skin, nice uniform appearance (it usually doesn’t have large ‘holes’ like many other potatoes), and attractive white fleshy insides. The skin is thin so it peels quickly (and is fine to use even unpeeled), and it’s a nice oval potato so it is more attractive on the plate than some other irregularly-shaped ones. It is an easily-grown main crop potato, the plant has a high and dependable yield of large potatoes, it resists blight and other diseases well, and the potatoes winter very well for a long storage time.

The ‘Kennebec’ potato is making quite an imprint on the culinary world… potato-wise. The days of ‘just use any old potato’ for french fries are gone, and finer restaurants are switching over to the Kennebec for a variety of reasons and for many kinds of dishes. Perennial in Zones 3 – 9.

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. 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.

Availability

# Description Qty per Unit Units Available Price/Unit
Bulk
PO950000 Potato, 'Kennebec' 15 out of stock $56.25
Retail-Ready Packages
PO100000 Seed Potato Assortment 25 out of stock $61.25
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Plant Details +

Size Grade B
Height 20-25"
Spacing 12-15"
Hardiness Zone 3-9
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Open, average-sized, medium green leaves
Harvest Late maturing white potato variety

General Information +

General Characteristics: The 'Kennebec' is a hefty potato with an ovate to oblong shape and stouted ends. The 'Kennebec' potato has a thin skin layered with tones of creamy white and tan. The flesh is a soft ivory color. The skin's texture is semi-rough and speckled with shallow eyes. Its flesh is firm and starchy with a minimal water content. The 'Kennebec' potato is perfect for frying. When fried, Kennebec potatoes brown up perfectly and offer a rich, earthy and notably nutty flavor. While the actual potato grows underground, the aboveground 'Kennebec' potato plant boasts a large canopy of light green leaves and petite white flowers. 'Kennebec' is a medium- to late-maturing white potato. It was bred by the USDA and selected by Presque Isle Station, Maine in 1941. This fast-growing variety has high yields. It maintains good quality in storage and is grown for both fresh market use and chipping.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: Select a sunny location and plant in early spring in the soil. Plant when the soil is workable. 1. Till the soil to a depth of ten or twelve inches. 2. Place one seed potato into the tilled dirt 4-6" deep. Then cover with soil. 3. Pull in additional soil as the plants develop. Always be certain the surface tubers are covered with soil. Water potatoes (thoroughly). 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. Resists late blight. Heavy yields in midseason. Mini-tubers have 3-5 eyes each. Plant now, or store in a cool, dry place until you are ready to plant. They'll keep for weeks. NO CUTTING REQUIRED. Just plant one eye per hill. Plant this cultivar 4-6" deep in a broad well-shaped hill to control late season greening. 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 - New young potatoes are harvested when peas are ripe or as the potato plants begin to flower. For storage of full sized potatoes harvest them when the vines turn yellow or have died-back. STORAGE - Keep them in the dark, in a spot where temperatures are about 40 degrees.