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Super Sieglinde

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Super Sieglinde

Richard J. Hebda July 2016

I have always enjoyed the versatile yellow-fleshed Sieglinde. This year I tried an experiment with tubers overwintered in the ground. The winter was mild in Saanich, BC and tubers began to sprout in February. I dug them out, rinsed them clean, and replanted whole in well-drained raised beds, covered in horticultural fleece. The results were astounding!!

Sieglinde tubers harvested in Saanich, BC

2.6 kg yield from a single Sieglinde plant, Saanich 2016

The spring continued the winter-warm trend and the tubers grew into robust plants. New tubers began setting by late April on long stolons and we began removing young delicious potatoes by mid May, with out digging the plants. I continued light watering in the well-drained friable soil and plants began to yellow in June. At the end of the month I started harvesting and to my surprise found masses of fully formed and sized smooth-skinned beauties. Even though spaced 25 cm apart, a typical plant yielded 2.6 kg of excellent quality potatoes. In a 2.5 by 1 m (8 x 3.5 foot) space I estimate the yield was 20-25 kg! These yields match the best in any of our project trials of heritage potato varieties.

The bed was prepared with organic debris at 25 cm (10”) depth including small branches, and the overlying soil was lightly fertilized with moderately-aged horse manure. As might be expected in rich soil there was a trace of scabbing on a few tubers.

As a bonus, under the mild climate of Vancouver Island Sieglinde overwinters well in the soil and remains edible even in February.

Lessons learned:

Plant as early as you dare, the tubers will time their own emergence. Cover with row cloth to protect against late winter ground frosts. Ensure good drainage but do not be afraid to include organic matter even a bit of manure for this variety. Tubers take a bit of time to form but they size up quickly. Sieglinde is super potato !!

Canadian Heritage Potato Varieties – Is your favourite on the list?

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Every region of Canada has different potatoes, each with its own unique history.  Many of these have been maintained in home gardens for decades and shared between neighbours. To conserve this genetic diversity, we need to share what we know.

In Canada, the Potato Gene Resources Repository in Fredericton, NB preserves heritage varieties, to maintain a broad genetic base for future food security.  They have more than 140 varieties which are available to growers, breeders and researchers.

List of Potato Cultivars available from the Potato Gene Resources Repository

Name Origin
Abnaki  New Brunswick
AC Belmont  New Brunswick
AC Blue Pride  Newfoundland
AC Brador  New Brunswick
AC Chaleur  New Brunswick
AC Domino  Newfoundland
AC Novachip  New Brunswick
AC Ouelle  New Brunswick
AC Pocat  New Brunswick
AC Red Island  Newfoundland
AC Sunbury  New Brunswick
Acadia Russet  New Brunswick
All Red  Alberta
Angelina Mahoney’s Blue  Ontario
Anson  Newfoundland
Austrian Crescent  Ontario
Avon  New Brunswick
Banana  New Brunswick
Batoche  New Brunswick
Bauer Grun Rote Auge  Ontario
Beauty of Hebron  New Brunswick
Belleisle  New Brunswick
Black Mignion/The Cup  New Brunswick
Bliss Triumph  New Brunswick
Blue Mac  Newfoundland
Blue Shetland  Ontario
Brigus  Newfoundland
British Columbia Blue  Ontario
Cain’s Irish Rocks  Ontario
Calico  Ontario
Candy Cane  Ontario
Canso  New Brunswick
Canus  New Brunswick
Caribe  New Brunswick
Cariboo  New Brunswick
Carlton  New Brunswick
Cherokee  Alberta
Chinook  New Brunswick
Columbia Russet  New Brunswick
Conestoga  New Brunswick
Congo  Ontario
Corne de Mouton  Ontario
Cow Horn  Alberta
Crotte d’Ours  Ontario
Cupids  Newfoundland
Donna  New Brunswick
Dorita  New Brunswick
Earlaine  New Brunswick
Early Rose  New Brunswick
Elmer’s Blue  Ontario
Epicure  New Brunswick
Eramosa  New Brunswick
Fingerling  Ontario
Fortyfold  Ontario
Fundy  New Brunswick
Garnet Chili  New Brunswick
German Butterball  Alberta
Gold Coin  New Brunswick
Grand Falls  New Brunswick
Green Mountain  New Brunswick
Haida  Ontario
Hindenberg  New Brunswick
Houma  New Brunswick
Hunter  New Brunswick
Huron  New Brunswick
Irish Cobbler  Alberta
Jemseg  New Brunswick
Jogeva Yellow Estonian  Ontario
Keswick  New Brunswick
Kifli  Ontario
La Veine Rose  Ontario
Lenape  New Brunswick
Libertas  New Brunswick
LRC 4373-5b  New Brunswick
LRC-373-5  New Brunswick
Lumpers  Ontario
MacIntosh Black  Ontario
Manota  New Brunswick
Marc Warshaw’s Quebec  Ontario
Matsuyama  Ontario
McIntyre Blue  New Brunswick
Mirton Pearl  New Brunswick
Moursaka  New Brunswick
Mrs. Moehrle’s Yellow Fleshed  Ontario
Myatt’s Ashleaf  Ontario
Nipigon  New Brunswick
Niska  New Brunswick
Northern White  Ontario
Nova Scotia Blue  Ontario
OAC Royal Gold  New Brunswick
OAC Ruby Gold  New Brunswick
OAC Temagami  New Brunswick
Pink Fir Apple  Ontario
Pink Pearl  New Brunswick
Purple Chief  New Brunswick
Purple Viking  Alberta
Rambling Rose  Ontario
Raritan  New Brunswick
Red Acadian  Alberta
Red Dutch  Alberta
Red Gold  New Brunswick
Red Warba  New Brunswick
Richter’s Jubel  New Brunswick
Rideau  New Brunswick
River John Blue  New Brunswick
Rose Gold  New Brunswick
Royal Kidney  Ontario
Ruby Pulsiver’s Blue Noser  Ontario
Russet Burbank  New Brunswick
Sable  New Brunswick
Saginaw Gold  New Brunswick
Sharon’s Blue  Ontario
Shepody  New Brunswick
Siberian  Ontario
Simcoe  New Brunswick
Six Weeks  Saskatchewan
Skerry Blue  Ontario
Slovenian Crescent  Ontario
Straight Banana  Ontario
Tobique  New Brunswick
Trent  New Brunswick
Up-To-Date  New Brunswick
Urgenta  New Brunswick
USDA 41956  New Brunswick
USDA X96-56  New Brunswick
White Rose  New Brunswick
White Rural New Yorker  New Brunswick
Yam  Ontario
Yellow Fin  New Brunswick
York  New Brunswick
Yukon Gold  New Brunswick

 

 

 

 

 

 

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