Friday, April 23, 2010

Second Potato Sprout

The Yukon Gold potatoes are now visible. Yay!

Even though slower to sprout than the Russian Fingerlings, they are billed as an early season variety, 70 to 90 days to maturity -- at least according to Territorial Seeds.

The Fingerlings are late season, 105 to 135 days. They have grown a lot in the past week and despite the classifications, appear to be well ahead of the Yukons.

I've been trying to find out exactly what is meant by "days to maturity" and there does not seem to be a clear consensus. In general, it means from planting time to harvest time, although some sources seem to count from germination to harvest. For tomatoes, eggplant, and other plants that are generally put out as transplants, it means from the time they go in the ground until harvest.

And the measures are not precise because they are greatly affected by growing conditions, which can vary wildly. I guess the main point of it all is to allow general comparison of different plants and varieties for better planning.

So I'm anticipating a Yukon Gold potato salad in early June, ten weeks from planting time in late March, and, about five weeks later, in mid-July, one of B.'s fabulous potato pizzas made with Russian Banana Fingerlings.

Now that's a plan!

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