Potato "Fortress": resistant to heat and drought variety

Potato "Fortress": resistant to heat and drought variety

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Potato "Fortress" from the originator VNIIKH named after A.G. Lorch was obtained as a result of breeding with the Shurminsky-2 variety and hybrid form 2953-34. This promising early variety was included in the State Register in 2005 and recommended for cultivation on the territory of the Central Black Earth Region.

Grade characteristics

Potato "Fortress" is grown on personal plots relatively recently. Its bushes are medium in height, stem type, semi-spreading. Corollas of flowers are red-violet, medium size. The leaves are light green, medium in size, with a moderately pronounced dissection.

Root crops have a aligned oval shape and are covered with smooth peel of light beige color. The average weight of the root crop is not more than 130 g. Eyes on root crops are predominantly small in size. The pulp of the root vegetable has a cream color and contains no more than 11.2% starch.

The average number of tubers is 7-8 pieces per bush. The total yield of the variety is not less than 30-55 t / ha, marketability reaches 86-99%, keeping quality is about 97%.

The variety belongs to the category of early-ripening varieties demanded by the household economy, with the maturity of tubers coming to maturity in 70-75 days. Potato "Fortress" is resistant to nematode, potato cancer, viral diseases and scab.

Damage to tubers and tops of late blight is rare in this variety.

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Planting Rules

Potato "Fortress" is recommended to grow on well-lit and level areas that quickly warm in the spring and do not have stagnation of moisture. When carrying out planting work, you need to pay attention to the following nuances:

  • seed should go through a full range of preparatory activities, including germination, gardening of tubers and spraying or soaking against major potato diseases;
  • preplant treatment seed tubers and foliar spraying with growth regulators help increase plant immunity to the pathogens of fungal diseases;
  • the soil should be deeply dug and well fertilized in the autumn; You should also conduct a small digging and loosening of the upper layer in the spring, in the pre-planting period;
  • in lowlands and in areas with stagnant water and increased soil moisture seed potatoes should be planted on ridges or by comb method;
  • optimal planting time for seed potatoes should be determined strictly individually for each site, taking into account the level of preparation of the seed material, as well as the timing of heating the soil at a depth of 10 cm;
  • the soil of the landing area must be warmed up to +8 ° C and more, both in the daytime and at night, otherwise there will be a delay in the germination of the seed material and its decay;
  • it is very useful to mulch soil. After planting the seed material, the soil should be covered with mulch (crushed weeds mixed with straw, peat or compost mixed with Bionex).

Care Features

Potato variety "Fortress" needs proper care, which includes all aspects of growing technology.

  1. The first loosening is carried out a couple of weeks after planting potatoes, and before loosening row-spacings and hilling plants, it is advisable to fertilize using soluble fertilizers, manure or bird droppings.
  2. Loosening is especially important when growing potatoes on heavy soils: it is carried out immediately after emergence and before flowering several times, depending on the state of the soil and the presence of weeds.
  3. Insufficient hilling of this variety leads to a decrease in the yield and quality of tubers, which is associated with the ability of the Krepysh potato to develop at a depth of not more than 20 cm. Hilling of rows is best done in one direction.
  4. Potatoes are not too picky about watering, but to get a good harvest, plants should be irrigated during the budding and flowering phases.
  5. To increase productivity, you need to do three top dressings per season. The optimal fertilizer system for potatoes is organomineral.
  6. The extremely convenient in-line technology for harvesting potato tubers allows digging, sorting, drying and laying the crop for storage in one day.

Reviews of potato growers about the variety "Fortress"

"Fortress" attracts potato growers not only with good taste and optimal amount of starch in the pulp, but also with high keeping quality of tubers during storage. The pulp of the potato does not darken after cooking, and also almost does not change color when raw when peeled.

It is convenient to clean the potatoes manually, since the tubers are very even, and the eyes are small and shallow. The variety "Krepysh" has a high resistance to disease and, judging by the reviews of gardeners, to high temperatures and drought, which plays an important role in cultivation in the southern regions.

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