If you ask which vegetable is the most beloved and popular, then the potato will rightfully take the first place. A rare dish costs without a tasty and crumbly potato, so the list of varieties is impressive. Breeders are constantly creating new useful species, among which should be noted potatoes Blue.
The name is unusual, but it does not stop the potato growers. They always choose varieties, the main characteristic of which is productivity, and the second is unpretentiousness. How are these criteria embodied in the grade? This question will be answered by a detailed description of the variety of potatoes Blue.
Description of Unusual Potatoes
We need to start with the fact that the variety of potatoes is blueness to mid-season. After 85-100 days after planting, you can harvest. More popular among summer residents than farmers. Main settings:
- Bush. Like gardeners for the average height and weak spreading. In the ridges of potatoes, the blueness looks very neat and beautiful.
- Leaves. Volumetric, juicy green coloring, long hold saturated color.
Unusual, bright cornflowers, decorating the site with its flowering. Due to their color, the variety received an extraordinary name.
- Tubers. Medium size, the weight of one potato is about 150 g. The shape of tubers makes it possible to distinguish blueness potatoes from other varieties. They have a dull vershinku, although the tuber itself is rounded. Mesh rind, white flesh. It does not darken during processing, crumbly, with a high content of starch.
Variety like many gardeners precisely for these qualities. Useful characteristics include its resistance to habitual diseases of potatoes:
- wet and ring rot;
- mosaic viruses.
Late blight potato varieties Blue sometimes sick, but to a lesser extent than other varieties. But drought resistance and the ability to tolerate heat is very high. Therefore, these gardeners love those gardeners who have difficulty with watering. Attention! Resistance to long-term cooling and the ability to grow with the close location of groundwater - the advantages of an unusual variety.
High yields, especially when grown on loamy and sandy soils. With one weave you can collect up to 1500 kg of quality tubers.
How to plant a variety of blue
According to the recommendations of breeders, the variety is planted in the first decade of May. It is necessary to control the temperature of the soil and not to rush if it keeps below 7 ° C. Tubers have good adaptation qualities, they tolerate insufficiently heated soil. Delay in planting should not be, because in this case, the keeping quality of potatoes will significantly decrease or it will not have time to ripen. When overdue planting starch content will be lower, which will affect the nutritional value of tubers.
Plant an unusual variety of potatoes on the ridges and ridges. It depends on the region. If you grow it in arid climate, it is better to use ridges, with high humidity - ridges. The most commonly used planting with a distance between the rows of 70 cm, with high humidity it is increased to 90 cm.
But the depth is calculated depending on the climate, the chosen method of planting and the quality of preparation of tubers.
When planted, the tubers are buried by 7-8 cm. The same parameter is kept on loams. Sandy loam and sandy soil allow planting varieties of blueness on flat rows with a depth of 6 cm.Important! Large tubers can be cut when planting without fear of reducing yields. This technique will not affect an important indicator.
In the designated wells contribute:
- compost or rotted manure (1 cup);
- wood ash (0.5 cups);
- powder bird droppings (1 tbsp. Spoon).
The mixture is mixed with the ground and top close up with a 2-cm layer of soil. Then plant tubers upwards with sprouts and top, cover with the ground and wait for shoots.
Competent care of potatoes
The peculiarity of the Blue variety is the need for fertilizers and dressings. This affects its growth, so getting a big crop without food will be harder. The first time they apply fertilizer when planting. This is described above. Then, during the growing season, it is fed with organic and mineral components. Among organics, bluish potato prefers:
- bird droppings;
- infusion of herbs or nettles.
Organic fertilizers are applied in the form of root dressings.
And mineral components make complex fertilizers. If you are well aware of the plant's needs for mineral components, then you can use nitrogen, phosphate and potash in a particular phase of potato development.
The second point of care is watering. Variety undemanding to regular irrigation. Its advantage lies in the good development even with a deficit of moisture.
To ensure a good harvest, it is necessary to protect the planting of blueness from diseases and pests.
To this end, spend at least three treatments from the Colorado potato beetle and phytophtoras.
If the disease could not be avoided, immediately treat the potatoes with Bordeaux mixture (1%). Replace the composition can be drug "Hom". The last treatment should not be later than three weeks before harvest. For the rest of the potato diseases, the blue variety exhibits good resistance.
The main pests are the Colorado potato beetle, a bear, a wireworm. The Colorado potato beetle does not tolerate the Commodore, Dilor, and Iskra DE preparations. Use according to the instructions. Medvetoks acts on Medvedka, and the wireworm is destroyed when digging along with the wheatgrass (his favorite habitat).
Harvesting begins in the second half of August.
Two weeks before the appointed time, cut the tops. This technique allows you to increase the yield of the variety. Tubers are stored at a temperature of 2-4 ° C. They have excellent shelf life, do not deteriorate during storage and retain their taste qualities until a new harvest.
We hope you can help you choose potatoes. Blueness variety description, photos, reviews of summer residents.Irina Petrovna Vinogradova, p. Nashchekovo I love the variety of potatoes Blue for its simplicity and good yield. At my age it is difficult to keep track of the condition of all plants, and this variety is almost never sick. Tatiana Zaitseva, Abakan. Permanent employment does not allow spending much time at the cottage. Potato Blue has chosen for its low watering and the possibility of saving. Variety tolerates planting parts of tubers, which for another species immediately affects the yield.