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Potato Orlando FL

The potato ranks with grains such as wheat, rice, and corn as one of the most important staple crops in the world. There has a resurgence of interest in home-grown potatoes in Orlando, especially now that they are available in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and tastes.

Lukas Nursery & Garden Shop
(407) 365-6163
1909 Slavia Road
Oviedo, FL
 
Green Jungle Nursery
(407) 277-7444
4116 S Goldenrod Rd
Orlando, FL
 
Sunshine Hydroponics Garden Center
(407) 647-4769
6100 Hanging Moss Rd
Orlando, FL
 
True Care Lawns & Pools
(407) 671-9900
6433 Pinecastle Boulevard Suite 1
Orlando, FL

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Colemans Nurseries
(407) 850-9554
2 W Holden Ave
Orlando, FL
 
Aylors Nursery
(407) 438-9300
1626 Waterwitch Dr
Orlando, FL
 
Palmers Garden & Goods
(407) 896-5951
2611 Corrine Dr
Orlando, FL
 
Seasons Garden & Gift
(407) 380-3425
1804 N Goldenrod Rd
Orlando, FL
 
The Garden LLC
(407) 999-9441
486 N Orange Blossom Trl
Orlando, FL
 
Blodgett Gardens & Nursery Inc
(407) 295-2363
3821 Edgewater Dr
Orlando, FL
 
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Potato

The potato ranks with grains such as wheat, rice, and corn as one of the most important staple crops in the world.

About This Plant

There has a resurgence of interest in home-grown potatoes, especially now that they are available in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and tastes. Most gardeners plant "seed" potatoes, a confusing term since these aren't seeds at all but rather small potato tubers. For best results, purchase certified seed potatoes; these will have been inspected to ensure they are free from disease. Avoid planting supermarket potatoes, because they may have been treated with a growth inhibitor to prevent them from sprouting. Consider trying some unusual varieties, such as fingerlings or blue potatoes.

Site Selection

Select a site with full sun and deep, well-drained soil. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost.

Planting Instructions

Buy seed potatoes of early varieties for planting as soon as soil can be worked in the spring. In the North, plant seed potatoes of later varieties from mid-May to early mid-June, 4 to 5 weeks after planting early varieties. In the South, plant seed potatoes of late varieties 1 to 2 weeks after early varieties. Cut seed potatoes into small pieces with two to three eyes per piece a few days before planting. Dig trenches 6 inches wide, 6 inches deep, and 30 to 36 inches apart. Space seed potatoes 10 to 15 inches apart in the trench and cover with about 4 inches of soil.

Care

Protect emerging plants with soil or other cover in case of a hard late spring frost. Hill the soil up against the plants about a week after leaves emerge from soil. Repeat 2 to 3 weeks later. Be sure to provide adequate water 6 to 10 weeks after planting, when the potatoes start to form. Contact your local County Extension office for controls of common potato pests such as Colorado potato beetle, European corn borer, and leafhoppers.

Harvesting

Harvest small, new potatoes about 10 weeks after planting. Harvest storage potatoes after the vines have died and tubers have developed tough outer skins. In the North, harvest before fall frosts arrive.

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