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Potato, Yukon Gold

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Create a garden gold rush with these flavorful, yellow-skinned and yellow-fleshed potatoes.

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Plant these in your garden and you will have a goldmine of yellow-skinned, yellow-fleshed potatoes ready to harvest in 100 days. Potatoes are perfect for browning or your favorite recipe. All mini-tubers come from disease-free, certified seed potatoes. Easy-to-follow planting and culture guide included.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

65 days

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

3-4 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.

12 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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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
65 days
Fruit Size
3-4 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
12 inches
Height
18-24 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
Thin
12 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Potato, Yukon Gold is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hands down, the most delicious potatoes ever! I've grown these twice before and have yet to be disappointed. Rather than growing in the ground, I use a large galvanized tub with holes drilled into the bottom. Therefore, I don't get huge yields, but I get more than enough for several meals out of them. Mine usually get no bigger than a baseball and most are about half that size, which makes them great for roasting or boiling then mashing. They're deliciously buttery and hardly need any additions to them when cooking other than a little salt. I've had no problems with pests or disease and as long as I keep them watered when they dry out and give them just a bit of fertilizer, I get fantastic and delicious potatoes once the vines die out. Highly recommended for even the most beginner gardeners.
Date published: 2016-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Potato I really enjoyed digging up these beauties. They tasted just great and were easy to grow. I will look forward to getting more next year and maybe trying other kinds of potatoes.
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Potato We have planted these potatoes two years in a row now and have been very satisfied. They grow easily, tolerating short periods of drought and some soggy weather, too. With two packs of 10 mini tubers, our family of four has been able to grow enough to have extras to share with friends. We have found that these homegrown potatoes make an excellent "hostess gift" when taken to summer parties.
Date published: 2014-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Struck Gold My first shot at planting potatoes could not have gone better. Planted 10 of these tubers on March 30. Was surprised at how well the plants looked by May; they were about 2-3' tall. Hilled and strawed around the base of each plant in early June, also added rock phosphate. Was really upset in late June-early July when the plants started to look terrible - browning and falling over; could have been weather-related, not sure. But felt a potato under one plant and let them continue. By late July decided to see what I had. Forked under one plant and 4 terrific-looking potatoes fell out. Rooted around by hand and found another 3-4 more. Probably should have waited so I'd have more for the autumn but was so excited with the results that I harvested them all. Average yield per plant was 7-8. Growing was good but taste even better - unbelievably creamy and delicious. Everyone I shared with was amazed at how much better these are than store-bought. Am doubling space devoted to potatoes and going to try reds this autumn, before definitely doing these again next year. Try them - low maintenance, terrific results.
Date published: 2013-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice size! I planted 12 Yukon on May 2 that came up very fast. I had a freeze on June 10 that burnt the tops and slowed their progress but they were troopers and gave me some excellent tasting mashed potatoes. All done by late July. I will plant again.
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Potato Despite the Odds We bought 5 pounds of seed potatoes and planted 2 1/2 rows. We had 100% growth from all cuts!! Our first diggings have yielded HUGE potatoes- one would easily feed 2 people!! As a cause of our cool, wet spring, however, we were surprised to find potato 'berries' on just the Yukon Golds. Though harmless to the plant, they are poisonous to humans and animals. Also, due to our high soil alkalinity, we have some scab. Once again harmless to the plant or production. It only causes cosmetic damage though, and in no way is dangerous. May consider planting scab resistant varieties for a few years.
Date published: 2009-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A+ for Yukon Gold These are by far my favorite potato. We grow three different kinds and the flavor and creaminess of this gem cannot be beat.
Date published: 2009-08-19
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