Grow seed potatoes for the best in flavour. Savour the superb tastes and textures of fresh potatoes by, growing, and then digging and cooking them yourself; all in the space of a few hours.
A reliable general purpose choice producing tubers that show good resistance to eelworm and are a national favourite. Great beginner variety. Colour – white. Shape – oval. Boil, steam, mash, chip, saute, bake or roast. Maincrop variety.
Immediately upon arrival unpack your seed potatoes and keep them in trays in a light, airy, cool but frost free place for planting March/April. Plant into warm soil after the risk of frost has passed. Root development is best between 15 and 20ºC. Test by pushing your hand into loosened soil – if you can keep it there comfortably it is warm enough!
Chitting – If growing conditions are not suitable, seed potatoes which have started to sprout can be kept in good condition by placing them in a seed tray with the bud end uppermost to chit. Give maximum available exposure to light but protect from frost. A good chit is firm and green and will not knock off easily. Chitting speeds up growth and is particularly useful for encouraging the earliest possible crop but it does shorten the natural growing cycle at the end of the season.