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Potato 'Desiree'

Solanum tuberosum

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Desiree is a popular variety of Potato, which belongs to the Solanum genus (Solanum tuberosum 'Desiree').

Originally bred in the Netherlands in 1962. Main crop. It has yellow flesh with a distinctive flavour and is a favourite with allotment-holders because of its resistance to drought, although it is not well suited to organic growing. It is a versatile, fairly waxy variety which is firm and holds its shape and useful for all methods of cooking; from roasting to mashing and salads.

This variety is a Vegetable that typically grows as an Perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. Desiree is known for growing to a height of approximately 3.90 feet (that's 1.20 metres in metric).

Chile is believed to be where Desiree originates from.

As Desiree Potato is a low maintanence plant, it is great for beginner gardeners and those that like gardens that don't need much overseeing.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Desiree have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Desiree

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Try to plant in a location that enjoys partial sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Desiree is thought of as tender, so it is really important to ensure that the outside temperature is well above freezing before planting or moving outdoors. Ensure your soil is loamy and clay and has a ph of between 5.0 and 6.0 as Potato is a moderately acidic soil to weakly acidic soil loving plant.

Growing Desiree from seed

Potatoes are generally grown from the eyes of another potato and not from seed.

Look to ensure a distance 11.7 inches (30.0 cm) between seeds when sowing - bury at a depth of at least 5.85 inches (15.0 cm) deep.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Desiree about 14 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Desiree

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Desiree is a tender plant.

Harvesting Desiree

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by late autumn.

Potato Desiree Etymology

The English word potato comes from Spanish patata.

Other Names for Potato 'Desiree'


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