Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Blight-resistant potatoes update

Some of you may remember that earlier in the year I was kindly given some potato tubers by David Shaw of the Sarvari Trust. They were some of their blight-resistant varieties, Axona, Shona and Kifli.
Despite already having loads of other potatoes on the go, I planted some of these, because I was keen to see for myself whether their blight resistant qualities have been developed at the expense of taste and texture. That was a couple of months ago, so I thought it was time to give an update.

The potato plants have grown quite big now. Here you see them side-by-side. Left to right: Kifli,  Shona, Axona.

As expected, the haulm (foliage) is clean and healthy. This is "Kifli".

This is "Shona".

And this is "Axona". This one has fewer leaves, but it has very sturdy stems.

Here is a closer look at the main stem. It has a very odd shape - bulbous and twisted - and it has smaller leaves growing from the main leaf axils.

The main selling-point of these potatoes is their superior disease resistance, and I think this may well be put to the test before long, because the weather is warming up and getting more humid. These are ideal conditions for blight!

A couple of the seed tubers didn't get planted, but I don't think it's too late. Next time I have a container free, I think I'll plant this one. It's certainly well-chitted!


  1. It will be interesting to hear what you think of the taste as that's the most important thing really.

  2. Taste is so important. You don't seem to have a lot of trouble growing potatoes most of the time, but some years can be harder than others.

  3. Those plants certainly look healthy. I'm looking forward to seeing what the overturned pots reveal at harvest time.


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