Seed Potatoes now in stock
We are pleased to offer wide and varied range of seed potatoes. Earlies, Mid- Season and Lates, old favorites like Swift and Wilja and new varities like the blight resistant Carolus
Guide to growing seed potatoes
Growing an Early Crop
To get your crop going as soon as possible, choose those varieties that have a short growing season, the so-called ‘first earlies’ and ‘second earlies’. Once you have bought your seed potatoes, start them into growth by sprouting or chitting them four to six weeks before planting. The advantage of doing this is that it gets them into early growth ready for the season ahead.
Set the tubers on end, with their eyes uppermost in seed trays and place in good light in a cool, frost free place. A shed or garage is NOT suitable. Each potato will develop several sturdy green shoots. If the tubers are too dark the shoots will be pale, fragile and prone to breaking.
Another trick for achieving an early crop is the accelerate growth by increasing the soil temperature of the planting area by covering it with black plastic several weeks before planting. You can plant the potatoes through holes made in the plastic.
Plant your seed potatoes from early to late spring but remember that the shoots are very sensitive to the cold. If a frost is forecast once the shoots are showing through the soil, draw the soil right over their tops to protect them. Fleece, straw and newspaper can add extra insulation.
Blight is the most serious potato disease capable of destroying all the foliage during a wet season, usually during the months of July and August. Protective spraying is essential.
Early ‘new’ potatoes have skins that can be rubbed off with your thumb, but main crop for storing must have skins that are ‘set’ and firm to the touch. About 2 weeks before you intend to harvest the crop, cut off the top growth, this encourages the skins to set. Dig up the crop on a sunny dry day and leave the potatoes on the soil surface for a few hours to dry. Remove any damages tubers and the rest can be stored in hessian or paper sacks in a cool, dry, dark place. Never store in plastic bags as the potatoes will sweat and rot.