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If you prefer varieties with excellent table qualities that you could use to prepare delicious homemade dishes, then Aurora potatoes are perfect for you and you will certainly be pleased with rich yields and large sizes of root crops.
Potatoes Aurora: variety description
|general characteristics||mid-season variety for table use with a fairly high yield with good taste|
|Ripening period||60-80 days|
|Mass of marketable tubers||90-130 gr|
|The number of tubers in the bush||20-40|
|Yield||300-400 c / ha|
|Consumer qualities||excellent taste, crumbly, suitable for making soups, mashed potatoes, casseroles|
|Preferred growing regions||Northern, North-Western, Central, Volgo-Vyatka, Central Black Earth, North Caucasian, Middle Volga, Far Eastern|
|Disease resistance||moderately susceptible to late blight|
|Growing features||adapts to all weather conditions|
|Originator||CJSC "Vsevolozhskaya breeding station" (Russia)|
Aurora was bred to ZAO Vsevolozhskaya breeding station, and entered the State Register of Russian varieties in 2006 (for the Northern, Northwestern, Volgo-Vyatka, Central, Central Black Earth, North Caucasian, Middle Volga and Far Eastern regions).
Vsevolozhskaya breeding station CJSC is the originator of the Aurora potato variety. It is a table potato, medium late variety, fully ripens 80–90 days after the first shoots. On average, about 21 - 38 tons of marketable crop is obtained from one hectare of crops, however, harvests of 40 t / ha were also recorded..
You can compare the yield and keeping quality of the variety with others using the table below:
|Variety name||Productivity (kg / ha)||Keeping quality (%)|
The tubers grow oblong, the peel is thin, smooth, light brown in color. The fruits are rather large, and weigh from 90 to 130 g... On average, one bush can form up to 10 - 15 of these rather large tubers.
The pulp has a soft creamy color and excellent taste, and the starch content ranges between 13 and 17%. As a rule, few eyes are formed, and they are very small and almost invisible. The marketability of tubers is quite good (83 - 93%), and keeping quality is 94%.
In the table below you can see what this indicator is for different varieties:
|Variety name||Starch content|
Bushes are tall, semi-erect, leaf type. The leaves are large, light green in color with medium waviness at the edges. During the flowering period, the plant is strewn with flowers with large red-violet corollas. They also fall off rather quickly, so you won't be able to admire the beauty for a long time.
You can see the Vsevolozhsk potato variety "Aurora" in the photo below:
Thanks to its wonderful taste, Aurora will become a welcome guest of any dining table. The fruits are noticeably crumbly, so they are ideal for making soups, casseroles and mashed potatoes. But when cooking with them, you need to be careful.
Besides, Aurora perfectly tolerates almost any natural whimsespecially successfully copes with drought. As for the soils, floodplain, sandy loam and sod-podzolic loamy soils are more suitable for its cultivation. Before planting, the planting material should be germinated, and it is better to start this process a month before planting in the beds. Naturally, germination should never be done in dark and warm rooms.
IMPORTANT! Well-plowed soil will help a very young plant. Moreover, it would also be nice to treat it with solutions of ammonium nitrate and urea.
If you strive to get a large and high-quality harvest, then in the future you must follow the basic rules for growing this variety:
- After planting in the ground and before the first shoots appear, it is recommended to harrow the soil.
- Aurora very much does not like the appearance of a crust on the ground, so one should not forget about periodic loosening of the soil.
- As soon as the potato bushes reach a dozen centimeters in height, it is imperative to hilling. It promotes better tuber and shoot formation.
- If the soil is poor in minerals, then fertilizing with slurry or bird droppings should be carried out.
- Many gardeners record increased harvest volumes when mulching the beds with hay and straw.
Diseases and pests
This variety is especially loved by many owners for the fact that it has good protection against many diseases and pests.
It is well protected against golden nematodes and cancer pathogens. And also has moderate protection against late blight of tops and tubers, and this, it should be noted, is the most terrible enemies of potatoes. Read also about alternariosis, fusarium and verticillosis of potatoes, common scab.
In general, if you monitor your harvest, carry out hilling, digging and fertilizing with minerals, then your plants will not need any additional protection from pests. Read more about how to feed potatoes, when and how to apply fertilizers and how to do it when planting, which ones are the best.
As for pests, the most dangerous and unpleasant of them are the Colorado potato beetle and its larvae, wireworm, bear, potato moth, cicadas, aphids. You can read about each of them, as well as about the control measures on our website.
You can see how you can quickly weed and spud potatoes using a walk-behind tractor in this video:
Aurora is a versatile potato that doesn’t require any supernatural maintenance, but still provides you with a bountiful harvest with wonderful flavors. And thanks to its pleasant appearance, the fruits of this variety are sold faster than many other competitors.
There are many interesting ways to grow potatoes. Read on our website everything about Dutch technologies, about working with early varieties and developing the potato business. About what varieties are loved in Russia and what is grown in other countries of the world. And also about alternative methods: under straw, in bags, in barrels, in boxes, from seeds.
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|Late ripening||Medium early||Mid late|
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|Slav||Lord of the open spaces||Nevsky|