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botanical name:
Solanum tuberosum 'Désirée'
Solanum tuberosum 'Désirée' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Potato 'Désirée', Potato 'Desiree', Patata, Papa, Pomme De Terre, Kartoffel, Aardappel
synonyms:  Solanum tuberosum 'Desiree'
family:  Solanaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.80m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: green
flower colour: mauve
stem/bark: light green
main season: Summer
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
edible symbol edible
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun
conditions: moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 8 to 10
description:
Main Crop potato producing tubers with red skin and pale yellow, firm textured flesh. Foliage is green to bluish-green. Numerous very pale purple, almost white, flowers. Very popular variety.
Tender perennial usually treated as an annual crop.


cultivation:
Most fertile, well cultivated soils but dislikes very wet or heavy clay soil. Prefers a slightly acid rich soil with plenty of organic matter, the tubers can be subject to scab on limy, sandy or gravely soils or those deficient in humus. Likes a sunny position.
Resistant to drought but can be susceptible to scab and eelworm.

Plant out tubers in mid April for harvesting in August or September.

The top-growth is not frost hardy, though the tubers will tolerate a few degrees of frost.



propagation:
From tubers.

usage:
Culinary vegetable with good flavour. Good for baking, boiling, roasting or frying.

other notes:
Raised in Holland, 1962.

All the green parts of the plant, even green parts of exposed tubers, are poisonous, containing a toxic alkaloid called solanine.

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