Pink Pearl

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Leaf Flowers Plant
Sprout Sliced tuber Tuber

General

  • Origin & Breeding: bred by Agriculture Canada from the cross (Ultimus x Katahdin) and selected at the St. John's West Research Station, Newfoundland, in 1962.
  • Year registered in Canada: 1969
  • Registration number: 1196
  • Maturity: mid-season to late

Botanical Features

  • Plants: medium large, upright; nodes slightly swollen; wings slightly prominent.
  • Leaves: open, smooth, dark green; young leaves slightly yellowish; midribs reddish purple, slightly pubescent.
    Terminal leaflets: elliptical to ovate.
    Primary leaflets: elliptical, mainly three pairs.
    Secondary leaflets: numerous.
    Tertiary leaflets: few, small.
  • Flowers: numerous, large, red-purple with white tips; green buds having purple bronze pigmentation.
  • Tubers: oval, smooth, medium size; pink skin; shallow eyes, predominantly apical; white flesh.
  • Sprouts: red purple.

Agricultural Features

High yielding variety; high tuber set; good storability; medium specific gravity. Wide spacing (up to 46 cm) has increased marketable yields; tubers separate readily from stolons.

  • Utilization: good for boiling and baking.
  • Chief Market: fresh market in Newfoundland.

Reaction to Diseases

Resistant: potato wart (races 1,2,6,8)
Moderately resistant: black leg, leaf roll, PVA, PVS, PVX, PVY, late blight.
Susceptible: common scab.

References: 1, 6.

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