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Potato, Red Luna

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Stunning red potato with delicious golden flesh.

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Get ready for one beauty of a red potato, a masterpiece of color, form and flavor. Picture-perfect rich-toned, red-skinned oblong tubers offer a lovely contrast: the rich red complemented by the golden-yellow flesh. Tender flesh, of low-to-medium moisture, is magical for salads, slicing, fries and chipping. High-yielding plants produce high yields—and show firm resistance to blight. Plant Variety Protection Pending. For Home Garden Use Only.
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Days To Maturity

68 days

Fruit Size

2-3 inches

Sun

Full Sun

Spread

35 inches

Height

45 inches

Sow Method

Direct Sow

Planting Time

Spring

Sow Time

2-4 weeks BLF

Thin

12 inches

Life Cycle

Annual

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  • How to Plant

    • Plant potatoes directly in the vegetable garden as soon as possible after you receive your mini-tubers. Potatoes are a cool season crop and mini-tubers should be planted prior to the last expected frost in spring. Potatoes may also be grown as a fall crop in milder regions.
    • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil. Make sure you did not grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplant or potatoes in the bed the previous year to avoid disease problems. Potatoes prefer a soil pH of 4.8 to 6.0. Avoid poorly drained soils. Do not plant potatoes in freshly turned grass sod to avoid wireworms.
    • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
    • Plant the entire mini-tuber, do not cut it up into smaller pieces. Lay the mini-tuber in a trench 4-5 inches deep and 6-8 inches wide and apply a light fertilizer at the bottom of the trench. Space the potatoes 10 to 12 inches apart with eyes up and cover with 2 or 3 inches of soil in rows spaced 2 feet apart.
    • If there is danger of frost cover the rows with newspaper until the shoots are 3-4 inches tall or the danger of frost is over. Plants emerge in 4-6 weeks.
    • When plants are about 5 inches tall, hill up the soil from the sides of the trench around each plant almost covering the foliage, but allowing 2 inches of foliage to remain above the soil.
    • Continue this hilling process as the plants grow, usually about every two weeks. The hills keep the plants cool and prevent the potatoes from forming near the surface where light will cause the tubers to turn green and become poisonous. Hilling suppresses weeds and keeps roots deep in the soil where more moisture is available.

    How to Grow

    • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.  Cultivate carefully so as not to bruise or cut the young tubers forming just below the soil.
    • It is important to keep plants well watered during the growing season to ensure enough water for potato development. They prefer 1-2 inches of water per week, more during hot, dry spells. Uneven growth caused by periods of drought when the tubers are forming (around flowering time) will decrease production and result in knobby, cracked or hollow tubers. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
    • In areas with sandy soil additional side dressings of fertilizer may be needed when the plants are about 12 inches tall and flowers first begin to appear.
    • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
    • Potato hills can be bordered with rows of other cool-season vegetables such as cabbage transplants, direct-Sown lettuce, celery, salad greens and root crops, onions, overwintered herbs, nasturtiums, and strawberry plants.

    Harvesting and Preserving Tips

    • Harvest “new potatoes” as soon as plants begin to flower, about 10 weeks after planting. Harvest mature potatoes about 15 weeks after planting.
    • When harvesting new potatoes work carefully to disturb the plants as little as possible. With your hands and a trowel gently lift the top layer of soil or mulch around the plants and pick as many potatoes as needed, then replace and firm the soil or mulch. Take only a few of these immature potatoes from each plant. The remaining potatoes will continue to grow and provide your main crop. For best flavor and vitamin content, plan to use new potatoes immediately after digging.
    • Dig mature potatoes for storing 2-3 weeks after the plants turn yellow and die back. Use a spading fork and work from the outside edge of each row, turning the soil over carefully so the potatoes are not damaged. Most of the crop will be in the top 6 inches of the soil. Harvest on a sunny day and leave them out to dry for an hour.
    • After harvesting store them in a dark, dry place for a week at 65-70 degrees F. Then store them at 35-40 degrees F out of the light.
    • Note: The leaves of potato plants are poisonous to humans and animals.
  • Days To Maturity
    68 days
    Fruit Size
    2-3 inches
    Sun
    Full Sun
    Spread
    35 inches
    Height
    45 inches
    Sow Method
    Direct Sow
    Planting Time
    Spring
    Sow Time
    2-4 weeks BLF
    Thin
    12 inches
    Life Cycle
    Annual
  • Potato, Red Luna is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Average yield, superior flavor! Red Lunas have outstanding flavor! These potatoes were juicy, meaty potatoes that left you feeling very satisfied. They were perfect additions to pot roasts,soups, and stews, and they also made delicious roasted potatoes. My only complaint is that there weren't enough! Each plant only yielded 2-3 good-sized potatoes (plus a few little ones, but I couldn't leave them in the ground any longer due to the threat of frosts). Despite this, these will definitely be included in future potato crops! Oh! And they are very forgiving to the novice gardener! I left them sitting out on my counter way too long before they were planted, I tried to drown them (unintentionally!), and my little gardeners pulled up a few plants early in the season. Through it all, these plants survived and produced good potatoes.
    Date published: 2016-01-12
    • 2016-02-06T07:17CST
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