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botanical name:
Solanum tuberosum 'Wilja'
Solanum tuberosum 'Wilja' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Potato 'Wilja', 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
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:
Second Early potato producing tubers with yellow skin and pale yellow, firm, dryish textured flesh.
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.

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, mashing, roasting and frying.
Reliable variety for allotments.

other notes:
Raised in the Netherlands, 1967.

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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