My potatoes were coming up beautifully (about 6" tall) when they got hit with a frost and knocked back to the ground. Its been a couple of weeks and I barely see anything coming back up yet. Should I be concerned?
I have had some with the same result. Here in Indiana people talk of planting on Saint Patrick's Day and certainly before April 1rst, so, I put out 60 or 70 and frost killed the tops. Some have returned and some have not. I hope I haven't lost any, hoping and waiting. I will not try and be so early again.
Yeah, the same March 17th tradition here across the border to your west. I didn't get mine in until the following Sunday. Same results. They were looking great coming up. Fortunately my yacon was a bit slower and missed getting their tops nipped.
I can't say that there was one cultivar that got hit worse than another. The regrowth was been spotty across all of them.
I got hit by a mild frost on April 12, plants had been in since March 1. I have about 300 hills. some plants did not even look fazed. Others were burnt on the ends. I have about 20 or 25 varieties out. The purple potatoes seemed to take the hardest hit. Most are ok and growing well. Last night I finally got curious and dug 3 small plants with varing degrees of damage. They all already had some nice tubers. The frost we got was probably no colder than 30 degrees F.
All the other plants are doing well and continue to grow. The only other observation I would note is, Some plants I expected to flower that had some damage on their tips have not flowered yet.
I had frost ,maybe about 10 april. All the plants (from tubers) died back to the ground. Recovering is slow,much slower than I expected. In fact the plants from tps that I planted a bit after the frost are ahead of the tubers now. Maybe to early planting is not worth the risk of frost damage. Maybe I'll try to find out wich of my 4 varieties recovered the best,not easy because I planted mixed in the rows.
Post by darthslater1 on May 1, 2012 22:42:12 GMT -8
This whole TPS thing has got me curious, I have never tried this before, let me see if I undertand this..you plant the seeds much like a tomato and then plant it in the garden..then when you harvest them they are all the size of peas or golfballs, and have to be planted the following year to get any size?
I live in NC. Around here you have to plant early, as we may get to hot a weather by late May as we did last year. A man at our farmers market had potatoes for sale last Sat. He had planted on Feb 15. A potato he called Lasota?
Sheet plastic over the rows when you are expecting a freeze will save them. Its a little work but better than getting planted to late and having no yield.
Post by snickeringbear on May 2, 2012 10:14:26 GMT -8
LaSoda - Breeder: Miller, Louisiana State University. Parentage: Triumph x Katahdin. Characteristics: not in production; high yield of oblong, white tubers; medium maturity, good for tablestock, medium tuber solids, medium dormancy, red skinned mutant of this cultivar, named Red LaSoda, has replaced it in commerce; medium-vigorous plant, upright, medium leaves; bright pinkish-red tubers semi-round to slightly oblong; medium to shallow eyes. Resistance: mosaic. Similar: Pontiac. Adaptation: all potato growing areas. American Potato Journal 25:89-91, 1948. 1948.
Red LaSoda - Breeder: Webb and Miller, USDA, Louisiana State University. Vendor: Certified Seed Growers. Parentage: red skinned sport of LaSoda. Characteristics: more intense skin coloration than LaSoda; otherwise identical. Similar: LaSoda. Adaptation: south and early northern areas. American Potato Journal 31:40, 1954. 1953.
Dar and others thanks for info. The potato looked like yellow skin with small red splotch here and there. I am going to buy some from the guy at the market Sat. to try. It must be early to have them now.