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Leaf Flowers Plant
Sprout Tuber Sliced tuber

General

  • Origin & Breeding: bred by the USDA from the cross (USDA 24642 x USDA 40568) in Presque Isle, Maine (USA) in 1923.
  • Year registered in Canada: 1932
  • Registration number: P-13
  • Maturity: late season

Botanical Features

  • Plants: medium to large, spreading; thick stems, prominently angled, weakly pigmented.
  • Leaves: dark green, large, close; petioles weakly pigmented.
    Terminal leaflets: large, broadly ovate; apex acute; base lobed.
    Primary leaflets: four to five pairs; broadly ovate.
    Secondary and tertiary leaflets: few.
  • Flowers: numerous, light lilac corolla with white tips; flower buds light green.
  • Tubers: round to oblong, large; smooth buff skin; few very shallow eyes; white flesh.
  • Sprouts: ovoid, lilac to reddish purple; highly pubescent; base strongly pigmented; apex weakly pigmented.

Agricultural Features

Medium to high yielding variety; slow development early in season then rapidly; widely adapted; tolerant to drought; washes well at maturity; excellent storability, grades well with few culls; medium dormancy period; medium specific gravity.

REMARKS: since tubers set high in hill, it is recommended that a large hill be formed early with a final hilling after tubers are set to avoid sunburn.

  • Utilization: moist texture; good for boiling and baking, suitable for chipping and french frying.
  • Chief Market: fresh market.

Reaction to Diseases

Resistant: PVA.
Moderately resistant: blackleg, net necrosis, verticillium wilt, PVS, PVX, PVY.
Susceptible: common scab, fusarium dry rot, late blight, leaf roll, rhizoctonia, potato wart.

References: 1, 6.

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