Red Pontiac Potato

Growing Red Pontiac Potatoes



Red Pontiac Potato
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  • I once had a Red Pontiac that could do 0 - 60 in about 10 seconds, now I have Red Pontiac's that aren't nearly as fast. They take 80 - 100 days to mature but taste a lot better. Without that oily taste of my first red Pontiac.

    Red Pontiac potatoes are a mutation of the original standard pontiac potato grown in Florida which was named for an Ottawa Indian war chief of the 1700s.

    The red-skinned war chief was thick skinned in that he never gave up but was repeatedly defeated leaving him a bit bitter. The red-skinned potatoes aren't thick skinned or bitter at all. They have a fairly high sugar content and the skin is thin enough that a strong scrubbing will wash some of it off.

    They lend themselves well to mashing, salads such as red skin potato salad, and add an aesthetic appeal to any culinary dishes where potatoes are included.

    Potatoes aren't started by seed, they're started from Seed potatoes or "slips". Slips are shoots that are grown from a mature tuber. Seed potatoes from a catalog either online or print are generally the best way to go, as supermarket potatoes are treated with a chemical growth inhibitor to prevent sprouting.


    The soil should be evenly moist, but not wet or soggy. If the soil is waterlogged when you dig, your seed potatoes will probably rot before they grow. Potatoes are a hardy crop and can tolerate climatic aberrations, light frost etc..,but you should provide some frost-protectionfor the young plants. A temporary ground cover (ventilated), or mulch.


    Maturity at 80 - 100 days.

    Color - Skin: Red Flesh: White

    Size: Grade B / C - See Potato Sizes for explanation

    Spacing - 12"-14"

    USDA Hardiness Zones 3 - 9

    Full Sun - at least 6 hours of sunlight daily.

    Height 2 to 3 feet

    Spread 1.5 to 2 feet

    Soil ph 4.5 - 6.0 Acceptable. 4.8 - 5.5 is optimal.

    Average Yields. - Mid Season

    Potatoes do well in proximity of Beans, Cucumber, Corn, Kohlrabi, Parsnip, Pumpkin, Rutabaga, Squash family, Sunflower, Turnip, Fennel. Horseradish, planted at the edges of the potato patch will provide protection against some insect scourges, as will Marigolds