Caribou Russet Seed Potatoes
Caribou Russet Seed Potatoes
Superior baking potato for the North.
Developed by the University of Maine, Caribou Russet has the best classic baked potato flavor we've found. Also excellent for mashing. Moderate yields of very attractive, oval-to-oblong, russeted tubers that store well. Shape is generally more elongated than Gold Rush. Bred for cool climates, Caribou Russet performs best in the northern tier of the US. Resistant to golden nematode race Ro1; moderately resistant to common scab and Verticillium wilt. Plant Variety Protected.
- This product does not ship to Canada.
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- This product does not ship to the following states: AA, AE, AK, AP, AS, FM, GU, HI, MH, MP, PR, PW, VI.
Potatoes ship from late March through early April when weather moderates to avoid freezing in transit. Shipping schedule (subject to change due to inclement weather): Last Week of March: AL, AR, AZ, CA, FL, GA, HI, LA, MS, NC, NM, OK, SC, TN, TX First Week of April: CO, CT, DE, DC, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, MO, NE, NJ, NV, OH, OR, PA, RI, UT, VA, WA, WV Second Week of April: ID, MA, ME, MI, MN, MT, ND, NH, NY, SD, VT, WI, WY 25 and 50 lb. sizes ship via ground transportation and require a physical address for delivery (no PO Boxes). 5 lb. sizes can ship to a PO box.
CULTURE: Potatoes grow best in well-drained, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0. Cut tubers into pieces roughly 1 1/2-2 oz. (1-1 1/4" diameter) each, with at least one "eye" per piece. Small tubers may be planted whole. Potatoes can be planted in early to midspring as they tolerate cool soil and moderate frost. Plant seed pieces 2-3" deep, 12" apart, in rows 30-36" apart. Plants will emerge 2-3 weeks later. When the plants are 6-8" tall, hill them by mounding soil from each side of the row about 4" high along the base of the plants to protect developing tubers from greening. Repeat hilling process as plants grow until hills are about 12" high.
DISEASES: The best disease control is fertile soil, crop rotation, and consistent moisture.
INSECT PESTS: Row covers work well to exclude insect pests such as Colorado potato beetles, aphids, and leafhoppers. Otherwise, scout for yellow-orange potato beetle eggs on undersides of leaves and crush them; manually remove and dispose of larvae and adults. Potato beetles can also be controlled with a spinosad insecticide.
HARVEST: Small, "new" potatoes can be harvested beginning about 7-8 weeks after planting. After foliage has died back, leave main crop tubers in the ground for 2 weeks to set skin. Dig tubers, brush off soil, and allow skins to dry before storing. Store in a cool but not freezing 40°F (4.4°C) dark, humid place.
AVG. PLANTING RATE: 10 lb./80-100' at 12" spacing; 110 lb./1,000'; 1,600 lb./acre in rows 36" apart.
SEED SPECS: Avg. 8-10 pieces/lb.; fingerling type: avg. 20 pieces/lb.
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