I harvested my first Kipfler potatoes this week. They are the first of the 4 different varieties I have planted this year to be ready. They were pot grown ones. I planted them in August and used two different methods for growing them, although both involved 40cm pots. One pot I simply filled with potting mix and submerged the potatoes and left them to grow. Then other pot I only filled a 3rd full of potting mix and then over the next couple of months topped up the potting mix as the plants grew.
Interestingly (or not, as this experiment was far from scientific – too many variables…) the former method – filling the pot completely initially yielded the most potatoes – 47 from 3 tubers. The second method only produced 27. I had a similar experience last year also from Kipflers.
Here are the potatoes from the completely filled pot: (that is my daughters hand – ever since she had her photo taken at Kindergarten she has fancied herself as something of a model…)
And a more meagre pile from the second pot:
I haven’t eaten any yet as we have been at my folks place for the last couple of days and we also harvested my fathers. For the record I should mention he got well over 50 (much larger) tubers from a 50 cm pot using the top up the potting mix method. His pots get full sun all day, compared with my half days sun. Even so I did feel a bit of harvest envy……
I did get to eat his though – a salad for a family Christmas get together and they were delicious but the texture was a lot more floury than Kipflers I have had in the past. We got our seed potatoes from the same source so it will be interesting to see if mine are the same. Perhaps its because they went straight from ground to pot but generally I expect a more creamy, slightly waxy texture from Kipflers.
P.S on 02/01/2012: I harvested a third pot of Kipflers last week – 38 but weighing in at 1.25kg which was about the same yield as the other 2 pots combined. I used the hilling up method for this pot which just goes to show there are many ways to skin a cat, or indeed grow potatoes.