Potato Sonny care how to grow

In their summer cottages, gardeners grow different varieties of potatoes. Early ripe ones are good because young tubers can be dug up already 50 days after planting. Mid-ripening ripens a little later. But late ripening can be tried no earlier than 100 days from the moment of landing in the ground. This is the kind of potato Sonok belongs to.

Its origin is not known for certain, but there are several assumptions. One of the versions says that Leningrad breeders bred this potato, and according to the second variety, it appeared as a result of a folk experiment. There is some confusion with the name. In different regions he is called Bogatyr, Son, Russian Bogatyr. But no matter how they call him, he gained popularity among agronomists.

🥔 Potatoes sonny: variety description

This is a late-ripening variety that fully ripens only 120-140 days. Its yield is high, in one bush there can be 15-25 tubers, the average weight of which is 75-85 grams. The starch content is 13-14%.

The bush of this plant is erect, low (up to 65 cm), compact. If the soil is fertile, then the bushes grow much larger. A medium-sized leaf blade with a rich green hue, with slightly wavy edges. The flowers are large, white, gathered in high corollas. The berries are practically not formed due to the fact that the buds quickly fall off. But the root system is well developed and under favorable conditions can form up to 40 tubers. The keeping quality of the variety is quite high – 92-95%.

The sonny is resistant to all common diseases of the culture: common scab, potato crayfish, golden nematode and others. To increase the yield of this potato, experts recommend improving the nutritional value of the soil with the help of organic matter and strictly control watering.

🥔 Potatoes Sonny: description of tubers

Tubers have the following characteristics:

  • rounded flat shape;
  • outwardly neat potatoes, all about the same size;
  • the peel of a light cream shade, with a pink tint, thin, rough, with a mesh pattern;
  • the pulp is white;
  • eyes are medium-sized, superficial, mainly located on the tops of potatoes;
  • tubers are rich in amino acids, fiber and protein.

Potato Sonny care how to grow

Due to late maturation, the Sonny accumulates many nutrients and useful vitamins. This potato has excellent taste, but it also does not boil over, retains its color when boiled, and keeps its shape well when frying and baking. It can deservedly be called a universal product.

Sonny is a potato, the characteristic of which suits everyone. It is suitable for individual cultivation in summer cottages and for industrial cultivation.

🥔 Quality of the variety

Like any other agricultural crop, Sonny has its positive and negative traits. Let’s start with the first ones.

🌿 Advantages:

  1. Unpretentiousness to conditions. It can be successfully grown both in regions with a warm climate and in a temperate climatic zone. It tolerates light frosts, short heat and a period of prolonged rains well.
  2. It has good immunity to late blight of tubers and tops, is resistant to many pests and diseases.
  3. High productivity. Up to 5 kg of potatoes are harvested from one bush, and under ideal conditions, up to 10 kg.
  4. Sonny received positive reviews for the perfect preservation until the new harvest. Even tubers with mechanical damage will not rot and will stay until spring.
  5. The attractive appearance of the potatoes allows them to be grown for sale.
  6. Due to the excellent taste of this vegetable, you can experiment a lot with it in the kitchen (in the preparation of soups, casseroles, salads, side dishes for meat and fish dishes).
  7. Not only whole tubers, but also their cuttings serve as planting material.
  8. The compactness of the rhizome makes it possible to dig up tubers with minimal damage.


🌿 Disadvantages:

  1. The fruits do not have time to set and mature after flowering. This is a problem for those who collect potato seeds for reproduction.
  2. The question of the transgenicity of the variety remains open. Until it is included in the State Register, assumptions regarding genetic modification cannot be refuted.
  3. If the soil is not sufficiently nutritious, then many tubers will form in the bushes, but their size will be too small.

🥔 Features of cultivation

planting varieties sonnyPlanting potatoes Sonny is no different from the process of growing other varieties of this vegetable crop. An important plus among gardeners is that tubers can be cut for planting. It is recommended to germinate them first so that active sprouts are clearly visible. Immediately before planting, the potatoes are divided with a disinfected knife into parts with a minimum number of eyes – 2-3 pieces.

How to plant potatoes Sonny? The square-nested method has proven itself best. The holes are dug with a shovel, humus and ash are introduced into them, and then sprouted tubers or their cuttings are laid. To increase the resistance of the planting material to various viruses, fungi and diseases, you need to spray it with a pale pink solution of potassium permanganate, Bordeaux liquid or copper sulfate.

planting potatoes sonny

Crop care begins a week after planting. For the first time, shallow loosening with a rake is carried out, which is necessary in order to provide access to air and moisture. In addition, the crust is destroyed, which can hinder the germination of seedlings.

If the Sonny seed potatoes are planted correctly, he will quickly start growing. When the green mass reaches a height of 15 cm, the planting should be spud. This agrotechnical technique helps to strengthen the stems and better root formation. Large healthy tubers will form in piles under the bushes. But do not get too carried away, as high hilling can disrupt the heat balance.

hilling of potatoes

Now many summer residents use mechanical methods of planting, hilling and digging up potatoes. It is very convenient and saves physical and emotional resources.

📖 Conclusion

Now you know all the features of the Sonny potato and the basic rules for growing it. It remains only to find planting material, make a little effort and enjoy the taste of beautiful pinkish-beige tubers.

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