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Potato 'BP1'

Solanum tuberosum 'BP1'

Potato (Eng), Aartappel (Afr.)

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BP1 produces oval tubers with a smooth skin and firm white flesh and has an outstanding yield potential. This variety produces copious blue fragrant flowers and under favourable conditions produces a few berries.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Summer, Winter, Spring

Harvesting

BP1 takes 90-110 days to produce a full harvest. New potatoes can be harvested within 2 months after planting as soon as the plant starts to flower. Final harvest within 3-4 weeks after flowering.

Propagation

Tubers
Sow seed tubers in early spring or a​utumn, 7-10 cm deep and 15-20 cm apart. Allow eyes to start growing and then place them in shallow holes, adding soil as the plants start to grow.

Special features

Crop rotation
Potatoes are heavy feeders and need plenty of nutrients. Rotate crops yearly.
Pot plant
Potatoes are often grown in stackable containers or bags that can be rolled up, filling them up as the plants grow and making harvest easier.

Geography

Origin
South Africa
Natural climate
Cool to temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Wet
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Acid
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible
The tubers are edible but turn blue-grey to black on cooking, not suitable for fried chips.
Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Solanaceae
Flower colour
Blue with white edges
Scent
Mild

Problems

Susceptible to late blight, early blight, PVY, aphids, flea beetles, leaf hoppers, potato scab, moderately susceptible to potato leaf roll virus and very susceptible to common scab.

Companion plants

Sweetcorn, eggplant, beans, peas, strawberries, peppers

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