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botanical name:
Solanum tuberosum 'Kestrel'
Solanum tuberosum 'Kestrel' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Potato 'Kestrel'
family:  Solanaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.75m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: green
flower colour: violet
stem/bark: light green
main season: Summer
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
edible symbol edible
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun
conditions: moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 8 to 10
description:
Second Early variety, producing long oval, white-skinned tubers with violet-purple eyes. Good flavour and disease resistant.

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.
Good disease and pest resistance.


propagation:
From tubers.

usage:
Culinary vegetable. Good for all-round use, excellent for chips and roasting.

other notes:
Raised in Scotland, 1970, by J.Dunnett, Caithness

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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