Potato Blue - table variety. Bred by Russian breeders at the GNU VNIIKH them. A.G.Lorch in 1993 .It is popular with gardeners. A detailed description, characteristics and characteristics of the cultivation of this variety can be found below.
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Description of potato variety Blue
The bush is of medium height, with voluminous green leaves. Flowers bright color with cornflower blue tint. From here comes the name of the potato. Tubers are medium. In shape - oblong, with a blunt tip. Characterized mesh skin, white flesh .Does not darken when cooking, crumbles. The weight of root crops reaches 150 g.
- growing season - 3 months;
- high yielding;
- drought resistant;
- is limp;
- with excellent taste.
The blueness differs :
- by the number of tubers from 1 crop - 11-19;
- starchy - 16 - 18%;
- yield per 1 acre - 500 kg;
- marketability - 97%.
According to gardeners, the advantages of potatoes are that :
- Blue is not demanding on the soil .Get a good harvest on sandy and clay soils, loams.
- Yield increases by 20% when planting germinated tubers.
- Prostas in growing.
- Root crops retain the trade dress until spring.
- When transporting an , the is little damaged.
- Excellent taste .
Pros and cons of the variety
Advantages of potatoes Blue :
- drought-resistant, with a well-developed root system;
- high yielding( from 1 hectare - 40 tons);
- impervious to temperature extremes;
- resistant to viral diseases;
- suitable for all types of soil for cultivation.
Minus : prone to late blight and nematode. Under adverse weather conditions, tuber hollowness is possible.
How to grow Blue
The beginning of May is the time for planting seeds in the ground. Variety of potatoes The blue brings on fluctuations in temperature .Planted when the soil warms up to 6 degrees Celsius.
When planting, germinated seed quality is used. If necessary, cut large tubers into two parts, so that each half has 3-4 germs.
Apply comb and smooth planting methods:
- Planting on the ridges - with an excess of moisture at the site or on heavy soils.
- With a smooth planting, the seeds are buried up to 12 cm on light soils;up to 10 cm - on loamy;up to 5 cm - on clay.
Seeds are planted according to the scheme 30 x 70 cm .In each hole contribute ash and humus.
Potato care: rules for watering, fertilizing, hilling
The blue of does not require .Develops with a lack of moisture.
Potatoes are responsive to fertilizing with organic and mineral fertilizers that are applied for the first time when planted, then - during the growing season. Organics includes mullein, bird droppings, nettle tincture and other herbs that are used for root and foliar dressing.
With the advent of seedlings spud. The second time is when the tops reach a height of 20 cm. Loosening the soil, weeding weeds are agrotechnical methods in caring for potatoes.
Than, when and how to feed
Fertilizing culture is carried out with the emergence of seedlings, in the period of budding and flowering. When first feeding , 1 tablespoon of urea and bird droppings, 0.5 liters of mullein per 10 liters of water, is applied. For the second time, plants are fed with potassium sulfate( 1 tablespoon) and wood ash( 2-3 tablespoons) based on a bucket of water. During flowering, uses 2 tablespoons of superphosphate and 1 glass of mullein per bucket of liquid. Solution consumption per bush - 500 ml.
Disease resistance to diseases
Blue blues resistant to diseases : rhizoctoniosis and Alternaria, scab and cancer, mosaic viruses, wet and calcium rot. Less than other plants prone to late blight.
Pests: nematode, Colorado potato beetle, wireworm, bear. Apply chemicals and folk remedies.
The plot is processed 3-4 times from late blight. In the fight against late blight, uses Bordeaux mixture, copper oxychloride. Processing stops three weeks before the digging of tubers.
Harvesting potatoes begins in late August. Signal to harvest - drying tops , which mow two weeks before harvesting.
. Before storing, the tubers are dried and sorted. Store at temperatures from + 2 to + 4 degrees .
Blue variety potato - versatile. Does not require constant protection and care .Resistant to the vagaries of weather. Culinary dishes are distinguished by exquisite taste. Choose Blue as the planting stock for the garden and get a high yield!