What are Kennebec potatoes good for:
Kennebec Potato, Botanically Solanum tuberosum classified as ‘Kennebec’. This potato is a hybrid variety that was made in 1941 in the greenhouse of the Plant Industry Station in Beltsville, Maryland. In 1948, it was commercially marketed by the USDA. Kennebec was named after a famous river in Maine. One of the most widely grown white potato varieties in the United States. These potatoes are widely available in Canada and the United States today. Potatoes are medium to large in size, slightly elongated and oval with round. Potatoes have white flesh with thin skin. Potatoes contain potassium, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin C and fiber. Ideal for potato salad, curry, soup, fried, baking, potato chips, french fries and boiling. Currently, various chipping potatoes such as Chipetas, Atlantics and Pike are sold under the name Kennebec. Potatoes have a high yield and good immunity. These potatoes are available all year round, producing in late summer and early winter.
Summary of Kennebec Potato:
Botanical Name: Solanum tuberosum ‘Kennebec’
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Height: 24 – 36 Inches
Spacing: 12 to 15 inches between plants and 30 to 36 inches between rows.
Spread: 18 – 24 inches.
Foliage: Green foliage.
Depth:3 to 5 inches.
Days to Maturity: 80 – 100 Days
Yield: 100 lbs. per 100-foot row.
Fruit: Very thin, smooth white skin, white smooth-textured flesh. Oval shaped.
Soil Preference: Loamy Soil, Sandy Soil
Growth Rate: Moderate growth rate.
Form: Vegetable, Potato
Flowers: Small white flowers.
Seed Count: 2 lbs. of seed potatoes will make approximately 10 – 15 potato sets when cut.
Size: 2 Lb Whole Potatoe
Growing Kennebec Potatoes
Kennebec is a simple growing potato variety that gives high yields of potatoes. It prevents blight and other diseases during growth. It can be long-lasting if stored well. It takes 80-100 days to maturity. Growing the potatoes is easy, but you can follow some steps to get the best out of your hard work.
If you want to grow this type of potato, start by germinating the seeds. This process of germination is called cheating. For planting, you need to germinate the potato seeds. Cheating will help you to know which eyes are open and which are not.
Potato seeds are small to medium in size, but plant whole potatoes. But if they are large, cut them in half or quarters. Note that each cut should have at least one or two ‘growth eyes’.
These potatoes grow on average soil so it is very important to prepare salt but add some compost. Either one of these two is very beneficial. Mix the fertilizer well before planting. Make planting rows 10 to 12 inches deep. You are now ready to plant.
The best time to plant some potatoes is in spring. Choose a sunny location and prepare it well. Make sure the soil is well aerated and can be cultivated properly. Plant rows of trees at a depth of 10 to 12 inches. Each germinated potato seed should be planted 4 to 6 inches deep. Properly soil them and wait for them to start growing.
Water your potato plants to provide adequate water during the growing season. Make sure that the soil covering the tubers is not washed away. Irregular watering gives rise to nabi potatoes or irregularly shaped potatoes. Excess water creates black or hollow centers in the potato. The best way to water potatoes is to water them according to soil temperature and once or twice a week in hot summer weather.
Potatoes take 80-100 days to mature. You can collect new young potatoes when the potatoes are swollen, and wait until they are ripe. When the vines turn yellow or die, you know the potatoes are ripe. When the potatoes are fully ripe, you can store them for longer.
Make sure to free the potatoes from the soil and keep them in the dark at a temperature of about 40 degrees.