The Ecos purple potato shows good frost resistance in the ground and naturally produces a perennial type potato able to reproduce without replanting. Vines can spread 5-10 ft. in one direction. 'Perennializing' this potato works best in drier mineral like soil similar to the alpine environment of its home. Our plantings have always reproduced over winter where the smaller tubers often survive in frozen soil. This potato has a great flavor similar to many fingerlings and is perfect for potato salad, soup or mashed. Because of its low maintenance and resistance to disease and insects it can be used in mixed landscapes and harvested periodically as a perennial tuber.
This selection was given to me many years ago from a horticulture professor as a cast away in a breeding program. It has always been a reliable producer no matter what mother nature throws at it. It rarely has Colorado potato beetle damage and does not suffer from drought. Once I threw a batch into a snow bank in February in a paper bag. They sprouted fine in spring. Another time I put some in a freezer for a month-they too sprouted fine. This is unusual in that the tuber can then be propagated like a daylily and treated like a perennial. It does not flower usually and if it does, it does not fruit.
Spacing of three to five feet in the row and rows of ten feet is ideal. Tubers available in the fall starting in September and going through March.
Shipped starting in March of 2024 unless you request a fall ship date in 2023. Each tuber can be cut into quarters before planting so easily you can get 100 plants the first year. Some tubers are dime size others but most vary from 1-3 inches long. The harvest is put up as soon as it is in inventory meaning only a few tubers are harvested at a time depending on the location of the plantings at my farm. Harvest is done in the fall only.
|Genus & Species||Solanum x hybrid ajanhuiri|
|Seed Source||Ecos---In the Purple Peru category. Is likely a ajanhuiri hybrid. Called "Sisu azul" from Lake Titicaca, this species shows high resistance against late blight.|
|Hardiness||-15F or more. Treat like a die back perennial like sunchoke. Root hardy in frozen soil. Made it through freezer tests here at our farm.|
|Soil||Sandy is best but produces well in a variety of soils including muck soils.|
|Climate||Zone 5-9. Adaptable to cold and heat.|
|Ease of Cultivation||Very easy and tolerates light shade. No disease issues. Anyone can grow this even if you failed with the tried and true potato varieties. Smaller tubers are produced which aid in its regeneration but no true seeds are produced. This plant rarely flowers if at all in some locations and if flower buds are produced they quickly fall off. This potato can be spring or fall planted. Best in sandy soil.|