Potatoes Purple Majesty
- Distinctive deep color, particularly high in anthocyanins.
- Oblong, smooth skinned tubers add color and flavor to any dish, fantastic as chips or fries, bakes well.
- Developed at Colorado State University. Resistant to most viruses.
- SHIPS EARLY SPRING
Planting Directions: SOIL PREPARATION - potatoes grow in average soil, Avoid using fresh manure or lime in the soil where potatoes are to be grown, as it tends to cause scab on the potatoes. If you fertilize, mix your favorite type of fertilizer into soil, prior to planting. Work the soil to a depth of 12” especially if your soil is compacted. CUTTING POTATOES - Small potatoes are planted the whole. Large size potatoes can be cut them in half, or quarter them., be sure each has two or three 'growth eyes'. After cutting, let the cut surface callus-over before planting them, overnight is usually perfect. SPACING - . Plant a foot apart in rows which are spaced at least 2 feet apart. Plant to a depth of at least 6” so that the potato is completely covered during growth.If planted shallow, mound soil or straw so that the growing potatoes are not exposed to sunlight. You can grow potatoes in the ground, in stacks of straw or mulch, in black plastic bags, in garbage cans or to stacks of tires. Potatoes can be a fun and easy crop to grow Straw: For centuries, Scandinavians have grown potatoes in stacks of straw or other mulching material. Potatoes are planted above ground in the straw, and as the vines begin to grow, additional straw or mulch is mounded up around the base of the plants. This results in a yield of very clean potatoes. New potatoes can be harvested easily even before the potato vines mature completely. 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 - full sized potatoes when the vines turn yellow or have died-back. STORAGE - Keep them in the dark, in a spot where temperatures are about 40 degrees and off concrete floors.