Cherokee_Motley's Potato 'Red Pontiac' x 3 Growing
Estimated Maturity date is 80-100 days.
The original or “regular” Pontiac potato was developed in the late 1930s as a cross between an old English potato named “Triumph” and a Maine potato called “Katahdin.” I’ve never seen the regular Pontiac but it is described as having white flesh as did its parents but with a buffed reddish skin similar to Triumph. The “Red Pontiac” selection with its bright red skin came out as a mutation found in Southern field tests in the early 1940s.
I like several things about the Red Pontiac potato aside from its interesting pedigree. In particular, I like its imperfections. If grown to maturity the tubers vary in size and shape. They are mostly round but oblong ones show up too. The surface of the spud is dotted with shallow eyes and subtle nobs that don’t quite become noses. In short, these potatoes look like they have character in comparison to the perfectly shaped, winkle-free Burbank bakers.
Potatoes can be planted as soon as the ground can be worked in the early spring, but you must use good judgment. Potato plants will not begin to grow until the soil temperature has reached 45 degrees F. The soil should be evenly moist, but not wet or soggy. If the soil is water logged when you dig, not only will you risk “caking” the soil, your seed Potatos will probably rot before they even get started. Potatos can tolerate a light frost, but you should provide some frost-protection for the plants when they are young. This can be a loose covering of straw, or a temporary plastic tent. (Be sure to remove or ventilate the plastic on sunny days!) If you plan to store Potatos through the winter, you can plant a second crop as late as June 15.
11 Jul 2012
Growing day 95
Leaves are dying back but stalks are staying firm. I have stopped watering, but they do get occasional rain water.
28 Jun 2012
Harvesting day 82
First of three buckets. Soil very moist, rotted larger potatoes mixed in with a seven very small potatoes.
7.0 x item 0.5 lb
10 Jun 2012
Growing day 64
All flowers have dropped. Just growing, I see a little new green growth each day.
18 May 2012
Flowering day 41
First Flower, yeah!!!
17 May 2012
Flowering day 40
Just 1 single flower buy I am pumped.
09 May 2012
Budding day 32
Buckets 1 and 2 are starting to bud.
19 Apr 2012
Sprouting day 12
Leaves are sprouting from all six spuds in three buckets.
07 Apr 2012
Sown day 0