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botanical name:
Solanum tuberosum 'Red Cara'
Solanum tuberosum 'Red Cara' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Potato 'Red Cara', Patata, Papa, Pomme De Terre, Kartoffel, Aardappel
family:  Solanaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.80m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: light green
stem/bark: light green
main season: Summer
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
edible symbol edible
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 8 to 10
description:
Late Main Crop potato producing large tubers with patchy reddish pink skin and pink eyes. Creamy white, soft, moist waxy textured flesh. Strong bushy growth habit and crops well in most situations.

Apart from the redder skin, similar to the normal 'Cara' but perhaps even more robust growing - a very good variety.

Tender perennial usually treated as an annual crop.


cultivation:
Succeeds in most soils but dislikes very wet or heavy clay soils. Prefers a slightly acid rich soil with plenty of organic matter, the tubers can be subject to scab on limy soils or those deficient in humus. Likes a sunny position.

Very good disease resistance and drought tolerant.

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. Good for boiling, baking or frying.
Reliable variety for allotments, giving good crops whatever the seasonal conditions. An excellent all-rounder.

other notes:
Raised by D.Feeley, Department of Agriculture, Dublin, Ireland, 1981

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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