New Idea for Detecting Potato Growing Problems

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The Organic Potato Plant Detective is an award-winning kit that includes two potato varieties that help diagnose potato-growing problems.Click To Enlarge

The Organic Potato Plant Detective is an award-winning kit that includes two potato varieties that help diagnose potato-growing problems.

Photo: Wood Prairie Family Farm

If you've had problems growing potatoes, perhaps you need a plant detective to solve them. That's the idea behind Wood Prairie Family Farm's new award-winning product.

The Organic Potato Plant Detective is a one-of-a-kind diagnostic tool that helps vegetable gardeners diagnose their potato-growing problems.

The Direct Gardening Association awarded Wood Prairie Family Farm's new approach to plant diagnostics with a 2018 Green Thumb Award. It's a potato diagnostic kit that you can eat!

The Organic Potato Plant Detective kit includes a 12-tuber collection of two organic Maine-certified seed potato varieties, a how-to plant diagnosis flow chart, an organic potato growing guide and a Wood Prairie Family Farm Potato recipe booklet ($19.95).

The two problem-solving potato varieties are King Harry and Island Sunshine. Both are traditionally bred, non-GMO potato varieties:

  • King Harry is an early-season white potato with hairy plant leaves that repel insect pests.
  • Island Sunshine is a late-season potato that's known for its resistance to potato plant diseases, like Potato Late Blight.

When gardeners plant these two "detectives" in their gardens, the plants help diagnose whether the potato problems are caused by insect pests or plant diseases.

For example, if King Harry begins to show plant problems, it means the problem is because of a plant disease (because King Harry resists insects).

If Island Sunshine shows problems, insect pests are the possible culprits (because Island Sunshine resists plant diseases).

In the meantime, gardeners get to plant, grow, and harvest two hardy, award-winning potato varieties.

For more information about The Organic Potato Plant Detective, contact Wood Prairie Family Farm, located in Maine's Aroostook County (207-429-9765).


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