Exploring Potato Varieties

Once you've tasted your first harvest of baby red-skinned potatoes, beautiful blues or flavorful fingerlings, you may never be satisfied with a bag of generic white potatoes again. See which of these varieties may be right for your garden.

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Potatoes are no harder to grow than any other vegetable crop, and you can get a generous harvest from just a few plants. They even make pretty and productive container plants. The hardest part of growing potatoes may be choosing from the hundreds of heirloom and hybrid varieties.

The number of days from planting until the tubers are fully mature (when the vines turn yellow) are usually separated into three groups: early (less than 90 days), midseason (90 to 110 days) and late (more than 110 days). You don't always have to wait that long to enjoy your harvest, though: You can start gathering "new" potatoes for fresh eating after the plants start to flower. Late-season varieties tend to be best to store for winter use.

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