Potatoes Blue - table variety. Bred by Russian breeders in 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.
Description of the 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. Mesh skin is characteristic, white flesh. Does not darken when cooking, crumbles. The weight of root crops reaches 150 g.Large potatoes Blue
- mid season;
- growing season - 3 months;
- drought resistant;
- with excellent taste.
Blueness is different:
- the number of tubers from 1 culture - 11-19;
- starchy - 16 - 18%;
- yield from 1 weave - 500 kg;
- marketability - 97%.
ReviewsFor the bright blue color of the flowers, the potato variety Blue and got its unusual name
According to reviews of gardeners, the dignity of potatoes lies in the fact that:
- Blue not demanding on soils. Get a good harvest on sandy and clay soils, loams.
- Productivity increases by 20% when planting germinated tubers.
- Is simple in growing.
- Root vegetables preserve marketable condition until spring.
- During transportation little damaged.
- A great taste.
Pros and cons varieties
Benefits of Potato Blue:
- drought-resistant, with a developed root system;
- high-yielding (from 1 ha - 40 tons);
- Immune to temperature extremes;
- resistant to viral diseases;
- Any type of soil is suitable for cultivation.
Minus: prone to late blight and nematode. Under adverse weather conditions, tuber hollowness is possible.
How to grow BlueThe beginning of May is considered to be the best period for planting potato varieties.
Beginning of May is the time for planting seeds in the ground. Variety of potatoes Blue brings the temperature fluctuations. Planted when the soil warms up to 6 degrees Celsius.
When planting, germinated quality seed material is used. If necessary, cut large tubers into two parts, so that each half has 3-4 sprouts.
Use comb and smooth landing methods:
- Landing on the ridges - when there is an excess of moisture on the site or on heavy soils.
- With a smooth fit seeds buried up to 12 cm on light soils; up to 10 cm - on loamy; up to 5 cm - on clay.
- Smooth landing
- Planting potatoes in the ridges
Seeds are planted according to the scheme 30 x 70 cm. In each hole contribute ash and humus.
Caring for potatoes: irrigation rules, fertilizers, hilling
Blue does not require watering. Develops with a lack of moisture.
Potatoes are responsive to fertilizing with organic and mineral fertilizers, which are applied for the first time when planted, then - during the growing season. Organics include mullein, bird droppings, nettle tincture and other herbs.which are used for root and foliar fertilizing.
HillingHilling of potatoes is necessary to increase yields and protect tubers from adverse weather conditions.
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.
What, when and how to feed
Top dressing of culture is carried out at emergence of shoots, during budding and flowering. With the first feeding 1 tablespoon of urea and bird droppings, 0.5 liters of mullein per 10 liters of water. Second time plants are fed with potassium sulfate (1 tablespoon) and wood ash (2-3 tablespoons) based on a bucket of water. During flowering use 2 tablespoons of superphosphate and 1 cup of mullein per bucket of liquid. Solution consumption per bush - 500 ml.
Disease resistance to disease
Blue disease resistant: Rhizoctoniosis and Alternaria, scab and cancer, mosaic viruses, wet and calcium rot. Less than other plants prone to late blight.To ensure a good harvest, it is necessary to protect the planting of blueness from diseases and pests.
Pests: nematode, Colorado potato beetle, wireworm, medvedka. Apply chemicals and folk remedies.
The plot is processed 3-4 times from late blight. In the fight against late blight use Bordeaux mixture, copper oxychloride. Processing stops three weeks before the digging of tubers.
Harvesting potatoes begins in late August. Signal to harvest - drying topswhich mow two weeks before cleaning.Harvesting begins in the second half of August
Before storing the tubers dried, sorted. Store at a temperature of + 2 to + 4 degrees.
Potato varieties Blue - 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!