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Potato, Red Pontiac

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Scrumptious potatoes with thin red skin, shallow eyes and sweet white flesh.

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Our most popular red all-purpose potato with very sweet, white flesh. Thin skin makes a great "new" potato. Keeps well. One package (10 mini-tubers) will plant an 8-10' row. Mini-tubers have 3-5 eyes each. Complete instructions included.
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Potato, Red Pontiac
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Item #: 13037
1 pack (10 mini tubers)
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Product properties

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

80 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

2-3 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

8 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

18-24 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow


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Planting and Growing Potatoes
Potatoes are fun and easy to grow in the garden and even in containers. Their creamy nut-like flavor is heavenly.
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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 if possible. 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
80 days
Fruit Size
2-3 inches
Full Sun
8 inches
18-24 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
12 inches
Life Cycle
Potato, Red Pontiac is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Grew Quickly I bought these halfway through the summer because our 1st crop of potatoes had come and gone. We grew potatoes in potato bags for the 1st time this year. They worked beautifully! We will be growing them the same way next year. I ordered from here because I cannot find potatoes anywhere locally. Fortunately, this variety was delicious and fast-growing.
Date published: 2016-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bumper Crop We are now harvesting a great crop and much enjoying the eating. The plants grew quite tall and were commented on by the Secretary of Agriculture while on an urban farm/garden tour. Next year we'll plant twice as much.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tasty! Easy to grow I grew 5 of the tubers (gave the other 5 to my sister) in the orange Burpee Potato Planter and I was very pleased with these vegetables. They grew to a healthy size and have a great flavor. Out of 5 tubers I got about 20 potatoes, which may not be many, but for a single lady, that was plenty and enough to keep me happy.
Date published: 2014-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb Potato! Beautiful, red, firm potatoes. Much prettier than those shown in picture. This was my first time growing and the yield was less than I expected, but not disappointing. New potatoes were spectacular...was hard NOT to harvest all of them early! Mature potatoes were uniformly shaped, a nice red color, and far superb to potatoes in the store in size, quality, and taste. Three reasons may have contributed to my lower yield: First, I've never grown taters before so could have made some beginners's mistakes. Second, I grew them in 32 gallon trash bags (just like growing in refuse can) because I had better control over soil conditions that way Next year, I'll plant in raised bed to compare. And last, I had to harvest about a week-and-a-half early because our only heat wave came a little before harvest time. That probably had more to do with size rather than quantity, though. Even with a smaller yield than expected, I was 100% satisfied with these potatoes. I may have had unrealistic expectations too. Anyway, I don't think you'll be disappointed with these at all. Now I think I might try the red, white, and blue selection next year. Every blue/purple potato I've seen was a little soft at harvest--not firm, so that is my only hesitation at this point. Try'll like them!
Date published: 2010-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not very traditional in my plantings! Planted these little ol' taters last Spring and did it a little differently. Planted them in 5 foot buckets with the bottoms cut out and filled them as the sprouts came thru. Takes a little more time and a little bit more water, but the yields are fabulous and if you want the new size taters, then you just have pull up the handle a few inches and reach around. Might try the red, white, and blue taters for the heck of it this Spring. If it ever gets here!
Date published: 2008-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Reliable Fun and reliable to grow. In my experience, yields are less than advertised. The yields will be even lower if you harvest a few early for "new potatoes", but those small, thin skinned, beauties will make you so glad that you grew them.
Date published: 2008-02-01
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