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Potato, Chieftain (10 mini-tubers)
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Solanum tuberosum

A smooth red-skinned slightly oval tuber with shallow eyes and white flesh, medium size and very good flavor. Resistant to scab and late blight. It does better in clay soils than other reds. High overall yields from a spreading plant with attractive light-violet blossoms. Ships mid-February – May for spring; October-November for fall (Zones 8-10 only). Spring shipments based on grow Zone. May be delayed by weather conditions. Ships to Contiguous USA only.

Calendar Days to Harvest: 60-120

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231-07773-F Live, Potato, Chieftain (10 mini-tubers) (Fall)
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231-07774-F Live, Potato, Chieftain (20 mini-tubers) (Fall)
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  • Open Pollinated
  • Size: 2-3 feet
  • Disease Resistant: Scab and Late Blight
  • Hardiness: Tender Annual
  • Easy to Grow: Yes
  • Sun: Full
  • Water: Moderate
  • Seed Planting Depth: 8.00"
  • Plant spacing within a row: 10"-14"
  • Special Instructions:
    Fall plant only in frost-free areas - USDA Zones 8-10. Ships to Contiguous USA only.
Start From Seed: Detailed instructions for direct seeding, or starting seeds indoors and transplanting.
Plant certified, disease-free seed potatoes in early to mid-spring, planting can begin as early as 2 weeks before your last frost date, and as late as 4 weeks after the last frost date, but protect new shoots from frost if necessary by covering with soil or floating row covers. Use whole, 1½–2 inch diameter tubers or cut larger tubers into pieces with at least one reproductive bud or “eye.” Plant 8-12 inches apart in a 10-12 inch deep trench. Cover with just 3-4 inches of soil, filling in more later as the plants grow taller. Allow a minimum of 36-48 inches between rows to have enough room for hilling. When plants are 12 inches high, hill up soil around them to increase yield, smother weeds, and prevent greening. A side-dressing of mature compost in mid-season often boosts production. Keep evenly moist, especially after flowering when tubers are forming. Fall Planting in frost free Zones 8-10: Order seed potatoes for delivery in October-November. Chill the newly dug seed potatoes in a double brown paper bag in the refrigerator for 2-4 weeks (the double bag prevents drying out of the seed potatoes.) Remove from refrigerator and arrange in a single layer on a tray or in a shallow box. Place in a warm location (70 degrees F) in shady, indirect light to ‘pre-sprout’ the potatoes. This is called ‘chitting’. Sprouts should form in 2-4 weeks. Plant your just sprouting potatoes from October-November in a fertile, well drained location and cover with 3-4 inches of soil. Your potatoes should emerge by January and may grow 2 feet tall by March if the weather cooperates. Protect from frost. Harvest new baby potatoes just after flowering, and/or wait until the vines turn brown to harvest full sized, mature potatoes in late spring.
Growing Conditions: Growing seasons, soil types, water and fertility requirements.
Fertile, loamy, well drained soil is ideal, yet potatoes tolerate soils of varying textures and a wide pH range (4.8–8.0). Superior quality tubers require a steady, but not excessive, supply of water.
Pest Prevention: Organic solutions to common problems.
Certified seed prevents virus diseases. Practice 3-4 year crop rotations with all Solanaceae species (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, potatoes) to manage soilborne pathogens such as Fusarium and Verticillium Wilts. Fungal pathogens such as Late Blight are best minimized with good air flow, reduction or elimination of overhead irrigation, and immediate removal of diseased plants. Control Colorado potato beetles by covering plants with floating row covers, crushing beetles by hand, or spraying with Bt insecticide specific for potato beetles.
Harvest: Is it ready yet? When to harvest and how to store your garden produce.
New potatoes can be harvested two months after planting but must be consumed immediately because they will not store well. Primary harvest is in early fall when the foliage has dried down or the tubers are full size. Dig tubers and allow skin to dry and cure before storage. Brush off excess soil and store in brown paper bags or gunny sacks to keep light from causing greening. Keep in the root cellar or other dark, cool (38°–50° F), relatively humid environment. Wash with water only just before use.
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