How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Potato – Solanum tuberosum
Family Solanaceae (Nightshade family)

Plant Description

The edible and harvested parts of a potato plant are the starchy tubers that grow underground. Several types of potato varieties can be grown, with different uses for different varieties. Some common potato varieties to grow in California include Norgold Russet, Red la Soda, Kennebec, and White Rose.

Cultural Tips

Cultural practices such as proper site selection, soil preparation, planting, and watering are important for plant health, pest management and pest reduction when growing potatoes.

For more information about growing vegetables, visit the UC ANR California Garden Web website.

Harvested russet potatoes ready to go into storage.

Pests and disorders of Potato



Diseases (continued)

Environmental disorders



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