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The Rosalind early potato from the Europlant originator is included in the State Register for the Central Federal District. The value of this variety is the guaranteed nematode resistance, as well as the friendly return of early vegetable products and the high yield of marketable tubers, which are characterized by evenness and good taste.
Early ripe potatoes of the Rosalind variety for table use form bushes of medium height, intermediate growth type, semi-upright. Leaves of medium size, open type and green staining.
The root crops are oval-round, elongated, covered with a smooth peel of red color and have small, superficial type of eyes. The average weight of one tuber does not exceed 115 g. The pulp is yellow in color, with a starch content of not more than 17.3%.
The variety belongs to the category of early ripe and forms a high crop of marketable root crops for two and a half months. Marketability 89-94%, at the standard level. Potato "Rosalind" is characterized by susceptibility to the causative agent of late blight on tops and tubers, therefore, preplant treatment of seed material and soil from late blight should be treated with increased attention.
How to prepare potatoes for planting
Rosalind potatoes need light, well-prepared and fertile soils. Planting is carried out in rows located from north to south, according to the pattern of 60 x 35 cm with a sowing depth of 8-10 cm.
- The best precursors for potatoes are winter breads, if organic and mineral fertilizers were applied under them, as well as any annual bean crops, including peas, vetch, lentils and beans.
- One of the main conditions that ensure a high yield of potatoes is to create a powerful and loose, well-aerated and moist arable soil layer.
- Processing seed tubers before planting is carried out using highly effective and modern means, such as Vitavax 200 with a flow rate of 2 ml per kg of tubers or Kolfugo Super, used at the rate of 3-5 ml per kg of planting material.
- Preplanting treatment of seed material with Fitosporin-M with a flow rate of 10 ml / kg shows very good effectiveness against rhizoctoniosis and late blight.
- Disinfection of the soil, as well as the protection of planting material after planting from wireworms can be ensured by introducing into the soil when planting the granulated preparation “Force” or “Aktara”.
- Properly processed and prepared planting material is planted when the soil temperature at a depth of about 8-10 cm reaches a temperature of at least 6-8 ° C.
Good organic fertilizers that must be applied during the cultivation of potatoes are semi-matured manure from straw bedding, as well as peat and manure composts. It is recommended to supplement this type of fertilizer with wood ash, which is applied locally, directly when planting tubers in holes or trenches.
Rosalind is a potato that is very responsive to high agricultural technology and can significantly increase productivity with proper care. If with standard cultivation technology at the first digging a crop of about 100 kg / ha can be obtained, good care increases these indicators by at least 15-20%. The main activities should be aimed at weeding, increasing soil air permeability through shallow loosening, as well as hilling, in order to create the area necessary for the formation of tubers.
The lack of resistance of this variety to late blight of tubers and potato tops requires paying special attention to systematic preventive spraying, which can significantly reduce the risk of late blight at all stages of vegetation. For this purpose, it is recommended to use such chemical fungicidal agents as Fitosporin-M, Gamair, Ditan M-45, Acrobat MC, Metaxil, Alirin-B and Planriz.
Guided by the so-called "tips" of inexperienced potato growers or illiterate gardeners, beginning vegetable growers very often delay the start of harvesting early potato varieties, which negatively affects the quality and quantity of the crop. Such potato varieties should be harvested until mid-August. However, the late blight, to which the Rosalind variety is subject, sometimes necessitates an earlier harvesting, and rains, on the contrary, can delay harvesting for a very indefinite period.
Potato growers reviews
Experienced potato growers caution against acquiring seed material of this variety from unknown producers. Judging by the reviews, quite often lately, Rosalind seed potatoes are affected, affected by rot, disease and black inside the tubers. Of course, such seed material will not allow to appreciate all the advantages of this variety and can cause damage to the soil by pathogenic microflora.
How to grow potatoes
High-quality potatoes "Rosalind" is deservedly popular among most gardeners and consumers of vegetable products. This variety is one of the first to be sold out upon sale. According to housewives, Rosalind potatoes taste very good, moderately starchy and boiled, great for preparing many dishes.