Today it is hard to imagine your diet without potatoes, which contains many useful components for the body. Zekura potato is one of the best table varieties, which gives a rich and high-quality harvest. You can start digging new potatoes two months after planting, and collect a full harvest in 90 days. However, this one has certain features that should be considered when planting and caring for the “earth apple”. This and much more will be discussed further.
Zekura potato variety is very popular among gardeners around the world. In addition, it is included in the State Register of the Russian Federation and is grown in the central region of the country. Despite the fact that this variety was bred in Germany, it is perfectly adapted to the particular climate and soil types of the CIS countries. Therefore, the majority of gardeners in our country plant this variety in their plots.
The Zekura potato, the variety description of which follows, surpasses other species in many criteria. The bushes are not too high, and the flowers have a purple color with a slight red tint. The base of the stems has a similar color. Fruits are rather large in size and oblong with a smooth golden skin.
Tubers have a low starch content, which is at 17 percent. The average weight of one potato is about 120 grams. In one bush the number of tubers can reach 15 pieces. When growing this variety on fertile soils in favorable climatic conditions, the yield can reach 320 centners of potatoes per hectare of land.
The potato Zekura, the description of which indicates its high value, was bred by German specialists. Initially it was supposed to grow this variety in European countries, but nowadays it is cultivated in many CIS countries.
According to most farmers, the benefits of potatoes are:
- excellent disease resistance
- high fertility,
- excellent taste of tubers.
The advantages listed above are key ones that Zekura has. The potato variety, reviews about it fully confirm this, is one of the best to date, suitable for cultivation in many regions of the globe.
Planting potatoes: professional advice
Zekura variety is very easy to maintain and unpretentious to watering. In addition, it perfectly retains its taste and commodity appearance during long-term storage. However, to get a quality crop, you must follow some of the rules of planting.
Experienced farmers recommend adhering to the following tips and recommendations:
- Carefully select planting material.
- It is recommended to plant potatoes Zekura at the end of spring, when the ground is warm enough. This is necessary so that the tubers sprout quickly and do not start to rot.
- The optimum depth of landing is from 8 to 10 centimeters.
According to professional agronomists, it is possible to significantly increase the yield of Zekura variety by adding various fertilizers to the well when planting potatoes. European bioorganic fertilizers are best suited for this purpose. In addition, in order to eliminate the annual decline in yields, which is a completely natural process, the planting material should be updated periodically.
How to care for Zekura variety?
Zekura potatoes are very unpretentious, so taking care of them is quite simple. It perfectly adapts to any climatic conditions, and also tolerates drought, extreme heat and short frosts. This variety gives high yields in any region in which it is grown, be it Siberia, Krasnodar Territory or Kazakhstan steppes.
Nevertheless, despite the unpretentiousness, there are still some recommendations for the care that gardeners should follow when cultivating this variety.
Mandatory activities for the care of potatoes
7 days after planting the potatoes in the ground should be surface treatment of the soil. To do this, loosen it a little with a rake to ensure the tubers air flow. If the potato was planted in the beginning or in the middle of spring, then in order not to be killed by frosts, it is necessary to complete the hilling of bushes. According to the farmers, at least three hilling should be performed in one season.
No less important is the mulching of the soil. This will protect the tubers from negative environmental factors, as well as reduce the monetary and physical costs of watering, weeding and loosening the soil. Mulching slows down the heating of the soil in depth and prevents the evaporation of moisture. You can use conifer branches, humus or sawdust.
If the mulching was not done on time and the earth began to dry, then in order for the Zekura potato to grow normally, irrigation and watering should be done. At the same time it is very important that the water soaked not only the soil, but also wetted the bush itself. After the moisture reaches the potato tubers, it is very important to loosen the soil. This will not only increase the flow of oxygen to all tubers, but also prevent the formation of a peel on the soil, which will impede the penetration of moisture and worsen the quality of irrigation.
What do agronomists say about this variety?
As mentioned earlier, Zekura potatoes, which have only positive reviews, are very popular among farmers all over the world. According to experienced agronomists, this variety is one of the most unpretentious and easy to cultivate.
Not only European farmers, for whom this variety was originally developed, but also domestic agronomists, positively respond to potato Zekura. Most gardeners note the high resistance of potatoes to various diseases, viruses, pests and difficult climatic conditions.
Also, many are satisfied with the high yield and excellent taste of tubers, thanks to which potatoes of this variety are very widely used in cooking. The vegetable is very fleshy and does not boil well, which makes it ideal for cooking not only homemade, but also restaurant dishes.
Another indisputable advantage in favor of the Zekura variety is that, if properly stored, it is able to maintain its excellent taste and presentation for a long period of time. Optimal conditions for storage are protected from light places with air temperature around zero degrees. By following these rules, you can enjoy the vegetable until the new harvest.
Description and characteristics
Worldwide recognition Potato Variety Zekura, the variety description of which is given in this section, has won for its simplicity and ease of cultivation. Shrubs in this culture do not differ excessive spreading, which greatly simplifies all procedures for the care of them.
The peculiarity of this type is the compact size of the potato nest, which allows placing a maximum of landing units on the beds of limited size. In addition, it greatly simplifies the procedure of harvesting potato crops.
The shape of the tubers in this class is usually oblong, the eyes on them are small. Both peel and pulp varietal potatoes Zekura has a yellowish tint.
When describing the following parameters are noted:
- The weight of one tuber often reaches 150 grams.
- The minimum mass of potato zekura can be about 59 grams.
- The starch content in the fruit varies from 13 to 18.2 percent, which guarantees their long-term storage in storage conditions (at least 3-4 months).
When assessing the yield of this variety, it is noted that from 12 to 25 tubers can grow in one nest. Taking into account competently organized cultivation and careful care of planted tubers from one hectare, it is often possible to harvest up to 320 centners.
Planting Zekura potato on the characteristics of which was described earlier, is organized in compliance with the following rules:
- Pre-germinated tubers are transferred to the soil around mid-May.
- For the cultivation of Zekura varieties, not too heavy and well-loosened soils with high moisture content are selected.
Additional Information. In the absence of material for disembarking, you can buy it at any specialty store.
- By the time of planting, the earth should have time to warm up to + 8-10 degrees (depending on humidity) to a depth of about 10-15 cm.
- Potato blanks should be planted in the ground in straight rows, deepening them by about 8-10 cm (the exact value depends on the quality of the soil).
To increase the yield in each well, it is recommended to add a few handfuls of ash and peat. To maintain it at the proper level, experts advise every few years to update the variety planting material.
Variety Zekura absolutely unpretentious in the cultivation and care, which boils down to the following mandatory operations:
- Timely weeding and watering.
- Loosening the soil, which is recommended immediately after rainfall or watering (during the growing season, hilling is organized at least 3 times).
- Mulching landings using rotten sawdust or humus.
All these procedures protect the soil from excessive moisture evaporation and overheating. Watering the plant is organized according to the standard scheme, involving the introduction of moisture at least once every two weeks. In very hot weather, the frequency of watering can be doubled.
Nitrogen-containing compounds applied after the first shoots, as well as potassium and phosphorus added to the soil three weeks before harvesting are used as feedings for potatoes.
Important! At the same time, it is recommended to pour half a liter of slurry under each potato bush.
Inserted organic dressings significantly improve the quality of the soil under the bushes and make it more friable.
Basically, this variety is reliably protected from most of the known types of garden pests and diseases. Despite this, insects such as the wireworm, the bear, and the Colorado potato beetle pose a rather serious threat to it.
Loosening Zekura Potatoes
Nutrient medium for wireworms, in particular, are acidic soils, so that most often it can be found on poorly prepared areas or in the soil with a high content of manure, sawdust and wheat grass. To protect against these pests, the plants are periodically sprayed with special disinfectants based on copper sulfate.
The advantages and disadvantages of the variety
The varietal benefits of this type of potato culture include:
- Undemanding during the growing season and care.
- No need to apply fertilizer throughout the growing period.
- Resistance to adverse weather conditions, including heat, severe drought, and sharp fluctuations in soil temperature and ambient air.
To this should be added the possibility of long-term storage of the crop with minimal natural loss of its taste. This variety also has excellent product characteristics, thanks to which, among the collected potatoes, almost no defective or ugly samples with a large range of sizes are caught.
The disadvantages of this variety include the property of potatoes during cooking to fall apart into small pieces, as well as shredding its tubers when there is a shortage of moisture and heat.
It will be possible to get all the information about Zekura potato varieties if you take advantage of the capabilities of search services on the Internet.
Breeders from Germany to achieve endurance of the root, disease resistance, short periods of ripening, excellent taste of the vegetable. Important for them was the shelf life. Zekura confirmed that it is possible now this variety is known by summer residents and gardeners of all Russia, successfully growing even under conditions of a short Siberian summergiving wonderful yields.
Zekura potato: variety description and photos
Potatoes of this variety have gained popularity due to their unpretentiousness and simple farming techniques. The erect Shrubs bushes are not spreading, which facilitates weeding and loosening. The flowers are purple. The nests are very compact, are formed close to the surface, which facilitates harvesting.
Tubers are even, oblong, small eyes, yellow skin and skin. The weight of tubers can reach 60-150 grams, in the nest there are 17-20 pieces. Potatoes are high in starch, long retains marketable appearance.
The taste of potatoes is largely dependent on the amount of starch in its tubers. In the table below you can see what this indicator is for different varieties:
Zekura is resistant to golden nematode, cancer, late blight, relatively high resistance to scab, leaf curl, rotting. What makes this variety attractive is that during storage, it does not lose its excellent taste for 3-4 months. The main thing is to choose a place for the winter and remember the dates.
Pictorial photos of Zekura potato:
Pros and cons varieties:
- Yellow potato pulp is perfect for mashing, frying, laid in soups, stews, boiled for salads. Keep in mind that it is easy to boil soft.
- Despite unpretentiousness, in conditions of drought or lack of heat, tubers may be smaller than expected, from 50 to 70 grams.
- Greatly stored potatoes of this variety in vegetable stores with a stable temperature of 1 - 2 degrees, moderate humidity.
- Very low percentage of excessively large or too small root crops, almost all of them smooth, without stains and roughness, green tubers also almost never happen.
- Well preserves varietal properties for several years.
It is best to plant Zekura potatoes in the middle of May, when the soil is warm enough. This variety shows the best results when it is planted in the soil, where perennials, mustard and lupine were cultivated before.
- Mandatory preliminary soil preparation: plowing, harrowing,
- Landing is carried out in open ground, to a depth of 10 centimeters,
- The distance between the seeds - up to 50 cm
- Seed pretreatment is not required
- Depending on the condition of the soil, it can be enriched with organic or mineral additives (humus, manure, sapropel, wood ash, peat, sawdust).
The Zekura variety is recommended for cultivation in central Russia, but even in Siberia and Kazakhstan it reaches technical ripeness by mid-August, 90 to 100 days from the time of planting.
Zekura also does not require special care.. The main ones are timely weeding and loosening after watering or rains. Weeds are removed in June, then - as needed. At the beginning of July it is worthwhile to pile up the bushes of potatoes, which will allow to keep moisture longer and will help the formation of a compact nest. Harvest from mid-August to mid-September.
There are many ways to grow potatoes. In our articles you will find interesting information about Dutch technologies, about growing in barrels or bags.
This variety, with proper care, gives up to 450-550 centners per hectare, that is, up to 45 kilograms per hectare at the summer cottage.
To compare the yield and keeping quality of a variety with others, you can use the table below:
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In order to preserve the grown crop, it is necessary to pre-disinfect the vault or cellar and dry it. Potato busting, removing all roots with signs of disease, damage, dry, clean from the ground.
It is best to lay it in wooden boxes or containers, but special storage nets are also suitable. The temperature in the storage should be maintained at a level of 1 - 2 degrees, which will help keep the potatoes longer. The room should be dark, it helps prevent germination.
Varietal, selected for planting tubers should be stored separately, 2 times a month, checking their condition and removing soft or rotting fruits. For 1 - 2 weeks before planting seed can be placed in a warm bright room.
For information on where and how to store peeled tubers and whether it is possible to keep the use of potato tubers in the refrigerator, see separate articles on our website.
Diseases and pests
Most of the disease variety Zekura not terrible, it is well opposed to almost everything. Pests can be dangerous: Colorado potato beetle, wireworm, caterpillar moth, and Medvedka. The wireworm breeds in poorly treated areas, in manure and sawdust, likes wheat grass.
Prevent the growth of weeds, in the case of a large number of pests in the soil, conduct autumn plowing of the soil to destroy the wireworm. Этот вредитель любит селиться в кислых почвах, поэтому помогают в борьбе с ним следующие методы:
- Известкование (1 кг гашеной соды на каждые 10 квадратных метров)
- Древесная зола (2 10–литровых ведра на 10 квадратных метров почвы) поможет и удобрить землю, и избавиться от вредителей.
- To combat the pests of the above-ground part of the plant, there are many drugs, including "Commander", "Corado", bitobaxicillin. They must be applied strictly in accordance with the instructions that are necessarily attached to the packaging of the chemical agent.
- Among folk remedies, dusting with ashes, maize flour, and even cement or gypsum dust (with caution) has been well established.
- It is also used spraying herbal infusions and infusions of walnut, acacia, poplar leaves, shag.
- They do not like pests of smells of garlic, wormwood, tar, tobacco, and some other plants. On the plot it is worth planting with bushes or, if you prefer, with bouquets of garlic, marigold, nasturtium, calendula, coriander. This will scare away beetles and Medvedka.
Interesting and useful video about Zekura potato variety:
General characteristics and description of the variety
The appearance of Zekura gardeners are obliged to the Germans. Breeders were faced with the task of “fitting” in one plant several advantages of ordinary tubers at once, while retaining the nutritional qualities of the original table. And, it is worth noting, they did it - the variety has good indicators of resistance to weather changes and diseases, is not inferior in feed yields, but it is not deprived of taste.
Potatoes belong to the medium early ripening: it is desirable to begin harvesting after 100 days from the date of planting. In regions with a warm climate, this time is reduced by a week. Tubers grow small, but identical in size. The flesh has a rich yellow color, and the starch content in it does not exceed 20%.
Main characteristics of Zekura potato varieties:
- the bush is low and erect, it does not stand out too much,
- inflorescences purple,
- tubers oblong with a smooth yellowish skin and small "eyes",
- the weight of one potato varies in the region of 100–200 grams,
- on the roots of a bush, on average, up to 15 potatoes are formed,
- when planted in fertile soil and properly cared for, the crop can produce up to 300 centners of tubers per hectare.
Landing: tips from experienced agronomists
To potato variety Zekura pleased with the yield and taste, you need to follow some recommendations when disembarking. And start, of course, with planting material. Many people choose small or poorly edible tubers as “seeds”, which is wrong - a good bush will not grow from a bad potato.
Begin landing landing professionals at the end of spring. It is desirable that the soil has time to warm up, then the tubers will sprout quickly and definitely do not rot. The depth of planting usually does not exceed 10 centimeters, and the distance between the “material” is about 50 cm. There is no need to pre-process potatoes.
The surest way to improve the yield is to add top dressing to the soil, you can right at the time of planting. It can be both ready-made bio-organic fertilizers, and ordinary humus. If, before this, perennial grasses, mustard, flax, lupine, legumes or grain crops grew on the plot, this will also have a beneficial effect on the quality of future tubers.
Features of growing
Do not neglect the mandatory preliminary preparation of the soil, which includes plowing and harrowing. If necessary, at the same time, you can enrich the soil with both mineral and organic additives:
- leaf humus,
- rotted sawdust,
- wood ash,
- manure, etc.
The variety is recommended for cultivation in the central part of Russia, but it is successfully planted in Siberia or the southern regions.
Special care potatoes do not require. The main thing is not to forget about timely weeding and loosening as needed. After about a week, the soil is cultivated: you need to walk on it with a rake so that the germinating tubers are provided not only with sufficient nutrients and moisture, but also with oxygen.
In the case of early planting potatoes Zekura full hilling may be required - it will save the plant from possible frosts. Gardeners recommend to carry out this procedure at least three times during the whole season, because it creates favorable conditions for the formation of tubers.
In addition to earthing up, it will be useful to make soil mulching. For this conifer branches, sawdust or ordinary humus will do. They will protect shrubs from the negative effects of the environment and effectively prevent excess evaporation of moisture. So the soil can do for a long time without weeding and loosening.
The positive properties of potato Zekura
One of the most important positive qualities of the variety is the excellent taste of the potato. It is also resistant to diseases, can grow in various regions of the country (in the Moscow region, the regions beyond the Urals, in the North-West). It has very good yields on yields - an average of up to 500 centners per hectare of planting, but a lot depends on agricultural technology and crop care.
It should also be noted:
- Zekura's good keeping quality (when creating an optimal storage mode, the tubers will be perfectly kept until spring),
- preservation of all tastes throughout the storage period,
- unpretentious varieties,
- the absence of too small or very large tubers in the nest, usually all the fruits are leveled and beautiful,
- preservation of varietal characteristics for several years.
Zekura is one of the most resistant to scab and late blight potato varieties. It is little susceptible to viral infections, glandular spotting, cancer, rhizoctonia, nematode. The variety gives good yields when it is grown in soils with high humidity, although you still need to select more suitable areas for planting.
The disadvantages of potato Zekura
With all the unpretentiousness of the variety, it is still desirable for him to provide comprehensive care. Summer seasons are different every year, it is difficult to predict - drought, rainy or normal weather will stand. And even if the variety tolerates drought relatively well, the tubers may become shallow because of this.
Also to the disadvantages can be attributed to the fact that the tubers Zekury strongly boiled soft. For making mashed potatoes, they fit perfectly, but for frying you will have to choose another variety.
As for the rest, there are no special “minuses” in the Zekura variety, and possible insufficiently high yields are still the result of improper care.
First you need to prepare the site where the potatoes will grow. The soil should be fertile, with good aeration, without weeds and closely located groundwater. One of the conditions for the cultivation of crops is to observe the alternation of vegetables on the site, although this is difficult to do in ordinary gardens. It is recommended at least once every two years to change the landing, but in practice it does not work. Therefore, it is advisable to heal the soil by sowing siderats (in autumn or spring), planting the plants in the soil as a fertilizer.
Best of all, potatoes grow after cucumbers, legumes, and corn. On soils with high acidity, lime or dolomite flour is added in spring. Fertilizer is also desirable to make in the fall, using organic matter (humus, mullein), as well as superphosphate.
Ash, potash fertilizers can be added to the soil in spring. If fertilizer is not enough, then they are applied to the wells when planting tubers.
Preparation of tubers for planting
Some gardeners manage only by sprouting tubers, others additionally carry out their disinfection with various preparations. Variety Zekura is resistant to diseases, but for reliability, as well as to stimulate germination, tubers can be soaked in an infusion of ash, formulations with preparations Maxim, Aktar.
Sprouting spend about three weeks before the day of planting, putting the tubers in boxes in the room. It is necessary that they do not fall into the direct rays of the sun.
Terms when to plant potatoes in all regions will be different. According to folk signs, the best time is when the first leaves on birch trees begin to appear. Potatoes are planted in the soil when it warms up to + 8ºC ... + 9ºC, it is still not worth it before, as it will be cold to the tubers.
Rows with holes are made on the ridges, and potatoes are planted in the ridges - here all gardeners act according to their habits. The distance between Zekury tubers should be at least 30-40 cm, between rows - up to 80 cm.
The depth of planting is largely determined by the type of soil. On light soils, wells are made to a depth of 8–10 cm, and on heavy clayey deposits, up to 6 cm.
The first shoots on the beds appear after about 10-18 days, and this depends on a variety of factors: the weather, the degree of preparation of the tubers for planting, the soil. It is necessary for these days to carry out a light harrowing of the plot to loosen the soil, remove the weeds that have appeared.
This variety of potatoes does not need much watering, there is enough rainfall. But if there is a drought, then it is useful to water the ridge. Potato moisture is especially needed in the period when the seedlings reach about 10-12 cm, at the beginning of budding and already at the stage of tuber formation.
Water the potatoes under the root, trying to get less moisture on the bushes themselves. Excellent results are obtained by mulching potatoes, for which you can use:
- mowed grass
On heavy soils, it will be necessary to treat the rows between rows, that is, to break through the ridges. This will remove weeds, to prevent the emergence of solid crusts on the surface of the beds.
Mandatory method is hilling potatoes - two or three times per season. Powder the bottom of the potato bush with the earth, the formation of ridges helps to improve soil aeration, the formation of a larger number of stolons, and hence the tubers.
Combs protect the tubers from sunlight (especially if stolons are located close to the surface of the earth), increase soil looseness.
In potato varieties Zekura, the bushes are compact, therefore it is very easy to spud them. For work using choppers, hoes, as well as tillers (with mechanized care). Spud potatoes early in the morning, when there is still no intense heat or in the evening, it is advisable to choose the time after rain or watering. Spud dry soil is not only difficult, but also not particularly useful for potatoes, as it is possible to damage the roots and stolons.
- when the potato bushes reach a height of 6-10 cm - this is the first time
- at the beginning of flowering - this is the second time.
Feeding is carried out only if fertilizers were not applied in the fall or spring (or there were only a few of them). Be sure to control the growth of plants, they set the vegetative mass, and if necessary, bring organic matter, complex fertilizers. By time feeding is carried out before hilling, at the time of budding and during flowering. In the first dressing you can take a mullein diluted in water, for the second one use potash fertilizers or an infusion of ash. For the third feeding, the optimal composition will be mullein and superphosphate.
Possible diseases and pests of the variety
Despite the fact that the Zekura variety is highly resistant to several diseases, we must not forget about prevention. It is also important to protect the crop from pests that are also not averse to eat delicious vegetables. The danger is (from insect pests):
- Colorado beetle,
- potato scoops
For potato diseases, phytophthora will come first, although Zekura potatoes are quite resistant to this disease. In addition, in its ripening period, Zekura manages to “get away” from the peak of the development of the disease.
Fusarium is dangerous when the plant begins to wither stalks, leafy plates, the bush begins to rot, and also alternaria - the appearance of brown spots on the leaves and the drying of the plants. Various rot bring a lot of harm, but Zekora practically does not give in to viral infections (mosaic, leaf curl).
Methods of dealing with them
Many problems in the cultivation of potatoes can be avoided, if we do not forget about prevention. Here are some recommendations:
For the prevention of diseases, as well as to prevent the appearance of pests, you can use various folk remedies. They are non-toxic, effective, and the components for the preparation of compositions are available and not so expensive. Suitable infusions of ash, garlic, dairy products (spraying the bushes), dusting the ashes between the ashes.
In the case of the appearance of pests, folk remedies may not be as effective as chemical preparations. They can and should be used, but only under the condition of very careful observance of all doses (the norms are indicated in the instructions).
Diseased plants must be carefully cleaned and destroyed, and only healthy and selected tubers should be stored.
Collection and storage
The approximate term of vegetation of the Zekura potato variety is 100 days. When planting in the beginning or in the middle of May, it is possible to start cleaning already from the second half of August.
Dig the potatoes on a clear day, then laying out the tubers on the garden to dry. After that, the potatoes are transferred into the room (basement, in the attic, under the shed), preventing rays of light from falling on the vegetables. After drying, the tubers are sorted, distributing potatoes for food, for seeds and removed for storage. The best options are the cellar, dry basement, special boxes on the loggia or balcony. You can store tubers in boxes, nets, as well as in bulk.
The optimum storage temperature is + 2ºC to + 4-5 ºC. It is important that the room was dry, dark, stable temperature conditions maintained.
Zekura is usually well preserved, almost all tubers planted in autumn remain until late spring. At the same time, when storing in bulk it is impossible to fill the potatoes with a layer of more than one and a half meters. Potatoes must be periodically inspected to notice the appearance of rot and dampness on tubers.
As you can see, the cultivation of varieties of potatoes Zekura does not differ any kind of complexity. In any case, you need to take care, comply with agricultural practices and then the result will be good.
Milena, Nizhny Novgorod Region
Last year, tried five new varieties, among them was Zekura. This variety has ripened before the others, the impressions from it are amazing. The tubers are very even, large, on the bush there were 12-14 pieces, and only a couple of small potatoes. Cooked “clean” potatoes for the first time to get a taste. Very good potato, tasty, pleasant. Honestly, I didn’t really believe the laudatory reviews, but I made sure that the variety was worth it. It is said that in a dry summer the tubers can be small, if you do not water the bushes. But there was no shortage of rain this summer with us, so I can’t say how things really are.
Three years growing Zekura. He took the tubers in the nursery, now has a lot of his potatoes of this variety. The yield is high, the taste is very good. This variety also has excellent keeping quality. I always have a problem with the storage of potatoes, and this variety lay until May.
I really liked the brand Adretta, but I degenerated it. And so they bought the tubers of Zecura. I really liked the look, so I waited for the same harvest. Not let down the potatoes, the harvest was what we need!
The taste is not inferior to Adrette potatoes (and we liked that variety), the yellow flesh is very tasty and moderately crumbly. In the soup Zekura is good, but it is best to make mashed potatoes and casseroles with it. I advise you to try this sort, no one will regret it.
The medium early potato variety Zekura is excellent for growing on the territory of central Russia and Siberia. Its ability to resist diseases and produce good yields even during periods of drought makes it popular among summer residents and gardeners.
No less attractive is that it is resistant to rotting and easy to grow. Smooth and beautiful tubers with yellowish pulp have a very pleasant taste and contain many useful substances, so they perfectly complement your diet.
We also offer you other varieties of potatoes with different ripening terms:
To begin, prepare the site where we will grow the culture. Zekura is demanding on the soil. The soil should be fertilized, loosened and without weeds. Also, the proximity of groundwater is not allowed.
The best way to get a good harvest is to alternate potatoes with other vegetables. In particular, potatoes grow well in the area where they grew cucumbers, corn or legumes last season.
If the soil is sour, then it is necessary to extinguish it. Do this with dolomite flour.
In the fall, make fertilizer. Ideal phosphorus-potassium. Potatoes do not like nitrogenous fertilizers, as they too strongly stimulate the growth of the tops, inhibiting the development of the root crop itself.
Landing is carried out in the beginning or in the middle of May. If it is a cold region, then perhaps in April. Landmark ambient temperature. It should be at least +9 degrees Celsius.
Zekura potatoes are planted according to the standard scheme. Between the holes make a distance of 25-30 cm, between the rows - 70 cm. Naturally, healthy potatoes with sprouts are selected for planting. Before planting, beforehand, the tubers are treated with special chemicals for various diseases.
Like any culture, Zekura loves good care.
Potatoes like timely watering. Water it three times a season. The first time, when the first sprouts appear, the second time at the beginning of flowering and the last time before its end. Watering the culture after flowering is not recommended, as there is a high probability of late blight.
When sprouts grow by 15 cm, the first hilling is performed. After about 2 weeks, spud potatoes a second time.
Store potatoes in a cool cellar. It should be clean, dry. Также, запрещено наличие различных грибковых заболеваний на стенках помещения, которые образуются при повышенной влажности.
Перед тем как поместить картофель в ящики, его необходимо отсортировать. Удаляются все поврежденные и больные корнеплоды.
Идеальная температура для хранения Зекуры – 1-2С. If there is light in the cellar, it will provoke earlier germination. For this reason, there must be darkness in the room.
Store the harvest is best in wooden boxes.
Immediately before planting, for 1-2 weeks, you can select the seed material and arrange it in a bright and warm room. This will trigger good tuber germination.
Pests and diseases
If you read the reviews, it becomes clear that Zekura has a fairly strong immunity, which protects her from most fungal diseases. If the culture is faced with a fungus, then special fungicides are used for the treatment.
Another thing is parasites, from which no immunity helps. You can use the following remedies for pest control:
- With strong invasions, insecticides are used.
- Alternatively, you can resort to the popular methods, which imply the treatment of ashes or corn flour.
- To insects around the site, garlic is planted near the potato. They do not tolerate its flavor.
Last year they planted 4 new varieties. Zekura was among them. Previously, they did not even hear about it and did not even see it in the photo when they read about potatoes on the Internet. And then I got it. Of all the varieties planted, this was the earliest. As for the tubers, the impressions are only positive. Potatoes of approximately the same size, regular shape. We in one hole had from 9 to 12 tubers. Met and peas. They watered abundantly, planted in fertile soil, which was treated last spring. No complaints. I cannot say how it behaves in difficult conditions. The taste is excellent, the potatoes are quite boiled soft.
Almost all my life that I know myself, I grew Adretta. But when once again degenerated, the market came across Zekura. The seller recommended, saying that Zekura is better than Adretta. Yes, and the second grade he was not. Bought. What can I say, the results are more than satisfied. My wife and I liked the taste. Early potatoes, yellow flesh. Razvaryvaetsya well. And fry, and you can cook.
We grow Zekura in the country. The harvest is good, the taste too. We water the potatoes only 2 times per season, since we no longer have the opportunity to come, and we have no water (cottage on the outskirts). The crop despite all this is pretty good. There are no small potatoes. The potato itself is razvaristy, consider this when planting. We rarely fry it, because it turns into porridge in a pan.
Normal variety. Do not believe those who say that he is super-duper. Normal variety. We grow 4 varieties of potatoes in the garden, all the same as a comb. The difference is only in the period of ripening and in cosmetic form. It tastes normal, but there are varieties and tastier.