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We have found that these potatoes give a great yield when in the ground from September until March (South Island, Canterbury).

They retain their beautiful purple colour when cooked.


Planting Time:

NORTH ISLAND: Plant Urenika in early July.
SOUTH ISLAND: Plant Urenika between end August and end of September. Until then store potatoes in a sealed container (to prevent moisture loss) in a dry and cold place. An earthen root cellar or the fridge is ideal to prevent them from growing long sprouts.


Planting Instructions:

We plant ours in deep trenches in September on Banks Peninsula (see recommendation above).
We dig two trenches (spade deep, which is about 20cm) along a garden bed and add good compost or well rotted manure along with some seaweed and wilted comfrey leaves.  
Position the seed potatoes at approximately 25 cm spacing along the trench before filling it in. We then mound them up at planting time and that's it. No more mounting later on.
We then cover the bed with autumn leaves and wood chips to retain moisture over summer and keep weeds down when potatoes are still young.
We cover the whole bed with a fine netting from the BHU (link here) to keep the Potato psyllid off the crop and have had great results with it. This is probably unnecessary with these potatoes, but we still do it for all our potatoes. The potatoes have been bigger and the harvest was abundant with the netting. Make sure to put it on loose enough so the potatoes have room to grow underneath. Hoops can be used to prop the netting up. Make sure there are no gaps all around the netting.
Urenika potatoes have a long growing season and we let them grow for at least 6 month. We plant our crop in September and harvest between March and May. In warmer regions you can plant them between June and August.
After harvest dry the potatoes, do not wash them and store in a dry and cool place like an earth cellar or south facing porch.

Data sheet

Ingredients
750g seed potatoes

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