Certified Seed Potato Purple Congo
Certified Seed Potato Purple Congo (Solanum tuberosum) is an unusual looking potato that features dark purple/black skin and striking purple flesh. This amazing variety is packed full of all the good antioxidants, and retains the unusual colour once cooked making it an exciting change on the plate. Purple Congo is a prolific variety, so good crops of the lumpy elongated tubers are very easy to grow. This variety is classified as a floury potato so it is suitable for boiling, steaming, mashing, salads, and they make a wonderfully unusual coloured gnocchi.
1/2 kg is approx.4-6 potatoes.
Certified seed potatoes are grown in controlled field conditions to ensure they are true to type and free from disease. Therefore plants will show vigorous growth and a greater yield.
For best results plant after frosts have finished in your area. Before planting, spread potatoes out in a well-lit warm place for several weeks so they get some short thick sprouts. Tubers can be cut so one or two eyes are evident on each piece but ensure cut pieces are allowed to dry before planting to minimise risk of rotting. Ensure pieces are not too small as this can reduce the yield.
Plant tubers about 15 cm deep in the soil and then cover with 25-30 cm of mulch or well prepared soil, making a hill around the planted tubers. Potatoes are usually ready for harvest 110-130 days from planting, or when the foliage has completely yellowed and stopped growing, but small early harvests can be taken once new potatoes reach a useable size. These Chats, or new potatoes are delicious but bear in mind this will reduce the yield of larger spuds.
Supplied as dormant tubers.
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- Suitable for areas with full sun
- Plant 30cm apart
- Grows to 30cm high
- Ideal Growing Regions:
- View growing regions on the Climate Map
Availability: OUT OF STOCK/OUT OF SEASON! Available to order from mid-June to August, unless sold out.
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Common Name: POTATOES
Also known as Certified Seed Potatoes
Botanical Name: Solanum tuberosum
Family Name: Solanaceae
Plant Type: Tuber
Planting Time: Winter to Spring
Flowering: Summer to Autumn
Planting Width: 20 – 25cm
Positioning: Full Sun
General Information: Known throughout the world as a staple food that can be prepared and eaten a number of different ways, potatoes can be grown in most parts of Australia and will be ready to harvest 60-90 frost free days after planting. Before planting, spread potatoes out in a well-lit warm place for several weeks so they get some short thick sprouts. Tubers can be cut so one or two eyes are evident on each piece but ensure cut pieces are allowed to dry before planting to minimise risk of rotting. Also, cutting into pieces too small can reduce the yield. Plant tubers about 15 cm deep in the soil and then cover with 25-30 cm of mulch.
Soil: Well drained, humus rich soil is required, but can also be grown in ‘no dig’ tyres, drums and large pots.
Watering: Need to be kept well watered. Potatoes will grow for longer periods of time when soil temperatures remain low and soil is moist, this results in a bigger harvest too.
Fertilising: Prepare soil well with a well-rotted animal manure or complete fertiliser before planting. Mulch over the emerging shoots with a deep straw mulch to encourage the formation of more tubers and to ensure the roots are not exposed to the sun. Liquid feed 3 – 4 times during the growing season.
Pruning/Harvest: Harvest when the leaves begin to die back, dry tubers as quickly as possible and store in a dark cool place. Potatoes exposed to light will turn green and these potatoes are poisonous and should not be eaten under any circumstances. Potatoes harvested early as ‘new’ potatoes do not store well.
Pests: Potatoes suffer from many pests and diseases; rotating crops every 3-4 yrs to avoid build up of pests and diseases in the soil and growing only Certified Seed Potatoes will help to avoid this.
Likes: Long periods of mild weather; this will help build a good crop.
Tips: Potatoes can be grown all year round in areas without heavy frost but as the weather gets warmer the risk of pest and disease increase.
QUARANTINE ISSUES: We are not permitted to send potatoes to WA, TAS & NT under current quarantine laws.
Establish which coloured region you live in and then consider the varieties listed as typically suited to that area. The Australian Climate Guide map is intended as a guide only as climatic conditions vary between specific locations. Factors such as local altitude, wind and the proximity of hills, mountains and bodies of water can cause variations from the generalised climate map. Note also that although a plant may be listed as suitable for a particular region, it may still require protection from extremes such as frost or strong winds. You should also consider its requirements for sun, shade and water.
Remember that you can often extend the range of plants that you can grow by creating micro-climates within your garden. Planting under trees, beside brick walls or in the shelter of a building, on high or low points in the garden can all have an effect. Even planting by a pond or surrounded by rocks can be used to advantage. Part of the joy of gardening can be experimenting and nothing is more pleasing that achieving success with a plant that is not usually seen in your area.
The map is based on Australian Bureau of Meteorology 30 year climatology data from 1961-1990. The zones are based on both temperature and humidity:
- Tropical – hot humid summer .
- Mild Tropical – warm humid summer
- Semi-arid – hot dry summer, cold winter
- Arid – hot dry summer, cold winter
- Temperate – warm summer, cool winter
- Cool – mild-warm summer, cool winter