Potatoes are one of the most rewarding vegetables to grow. There’s the nurturing process of chitting, planting and earthing-up, the anticipation of a good harvest as you dig through the soil and, of course, the unbeatable taste of fresh, home-grown, potatoes.

All potatoes (except for maincrops) will benefit from ‘chitting’ prior to planting out. The chitting process encourages the seed to sprout, which then when planted, helps them to establish more readily, leading to bigger crops. Simply place them, blunt end up, in an old egg box until the shoots are approximately 1½ to 2½cm (½ to 1in)

Sharpe’s Express Seed Potatoes are a Lincolnshire born and bred new potato, introduced over a century ago.

Created by Charles Sharpe of Sleaford in 1900, Sharpe’s Express Seed Potatoes are well known for their excellent new potato taste. They can be harvested between June and July and can be enjoyed best hot or cold.

A personal favourite of British gardener Percy Thrower.

  • Ideal for salads, mashing, boiling and roasting
  • British grown Seed Potatoes
  • Recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit

Planting Guide

We recommend planting First Early potato tubers, such as Sharpe’s Express, outside from March onwards, 10cm deep and 20cm apart in a line. Leave at least 30cm between lines to allow growing space.

Prior to planting, encourage Seed Potatoes to sprout by placing them on a cool, bright windowsill for 4-6 weeks.