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Yukon Gold is a large thin skinned variety of potato developed in 1960s and not released until 1980. Under optimal conditions a pound of Yukon Gold seed potato can produce up to 15 lbs of golden yellow spuds.
Yukon Gold is a very popular yellow potato. It is an early variety which is one reason for its popularity. In addition to maturity in 60 - 80 days its golden yellow flesh has a superb creamy taste complimented by a smooth buttery texture. It stores well and is somewhat more drought tolerant than standard varieties.
In the culinary realm it retains its texture and taste under baking and frying as well as boiling and deep fry methods.
The potato skin is a light tan yellow, smooth skinned with shallow scattered eyes. It has buttery yellow flesh and is prized not only for its novelty coloration but its taste and texture as well as abundant yields. Yukon Gold produces better in cool regions, not frigid just cool - it will produce in warmer regions with slightly diminished yields.
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 60 - 80 days.
Color - Skin: TanYellow Flesh: YellowGold
Size: Grade B - 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.
Above Average Yields. - Early Season - Roughly 1 lb. per foot in rows.
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