Pike Potato Fact Sheet

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Parentage – Allegany x Atlantic1,2,3

Breeder – Released for production by Cornell University and Pennsylvania Agricultural Experimental station in 19961,2,3

Maturity – Mid-late season1,2

Usage – Primarily grown for chipping; not well suited for tablestock due to sloughing and darkening after cooking1,2

Plant – Medium size with a relatively dense canopy; thick main stems with two prominent wings on opposite sides; weak to moderate stem purple pigmentation1,2

Leaves – Medium green color with an open silhouette; no anthocyanin pigmentation in leaf petioles or midribs2; three pairs of primary leaflets with typically the same number of secondary leaflets; three to four pairs of tertiary leaflets1,2,4   

Flowers – medium to large, white color with orange anthers1

Tubers – Medium size with shallow lateral eyes and moderately deep apical eyes; skin is buff colored with a flaky/netted appearance1,2,3; tuber dormancy is approximately two weeks longer than Atlantic and 3 weeks longer than Superior; tends to set heavy with small tuber size; white flesh; high specific gravity1

Strengths – Excellent common scab resistance; resistant to golden nematode and moderately resistant to late blight1,2

Weaknesses – Tubers are susceptible to internal heat necrosis which can look like net necrosis due to potato leafroll virus infection1,2

References: 1Plaisted, R. L. et al. 1998. Pike: A Full Season Scab and Golden Nematode Resistant Chipstock Variety. American Journal of Potato Research 75: 117-120. 2http://www.potatoassociation.org/industry/varieties/white-varieties/pike-solanum-tuberosum 3Wonning, P. R. 2015. Gardener’s Guide to Growing Potatoes in the Vegetable Garden: Growing a potato garden for beginners or veterans. P. 54. 4http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/plaveg/pbrpov/cropreport/pot/app00006308e.shtml 5www.potatovirus.com

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Last Revised: 8/23/2017

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