Which potato variety is better to choose?
When we acquire planting material for growing potatoes, we need, first of all, to decide what we want to get in the end. Either we want to get an early harvest, or we are more interested in its starchiness and taste, or we are going to lay the potatoes for storage, and therefore the yield and keeping quality of the variety are important to us.
In order to choose what we want, you need to know the quality of the potato. Here are the characteristics of some varieties selected in Belarus. Early varieties include potato "Lilya" and "Uladar". Lilea has a wonderful combination of early ripeness and resistance to late blight. And "Uladar" is less prone to scab and disease.
In the mid-season group, “Breeze” potatoes are distinguished - productive, resistant to scab. Varieties “Dubrava”, “Krinitsa”, “Universal”, “Yanka” are referred to the same group.
Later varieties are Zhuravinka, Lasunak, and Ragnedu. In addition, Ragned is still a lot of tuber. This means that when planting it will require significantly less tubers (about 20%) than if another variety were planted.
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The content of starch is not equal to the variety "Willow." Potato starch can be determined independently. To do this, cut the tuber. Rub the halves against each other and then put them together. Then grab the top of the tuber, pick it up, and if it doesn’t fall apart, then there is enough starch in it.
One of the most mellow and productive varieties is the "Skarb" variety. It is stored until July, without sprouting and without losing its taste. Such varieties as Dolphin and Neptune can be stored for a long time. The maximum productivity (700-850 kg. Per hundred square meters) of Yavar, Zdabytka, Uladara, Neptune, Lasunka. And Zdabytak potatoes are recognized as the best variety in Sweden, Poland, and Germany as a variety containing more starch.
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So, guided by these characteristics of the varieties, you can choose the one that best meets your desires, tasks and goals.