potato - second early, Scottish basic seed potato
- available to order from winter
- 2 kg bag
- Standard (dispatched separately)
- We sell potatoes by weight but you can expect to receive about 25 tubers of this variety in a 2kg bag.
- Position: sun-partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well drained
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Harvesting period: July to August
- Hardiness: protect tubers from frost
Not only do the smooth oval tubers of 'Nicola' look good, but they are also one of the tastiest salad potatoes. Easy to grow in pots, bags or borders, they produce a generous crop, and as they store well, you will usually be able to enjoy them over a couple of months.
- Garden care: As soon as the potato tubers have been delivered you should unpack them and start the chitting (sprouting) process. Place them in single layer in a seed tray without compost and leave in a light, cool area protected from frost. This can be started about six weeks before you intend to plant them. Early varieties can be planted out under frost fleece protection, but the later varieties should be planted after the worst frosts have passed in your area - this is generally mid March to mid April. Dig a trench 8 - 13cm (3 - 5in) deep adding a general purpose fertiliser to the bottom of the trench. Plant the potato tubers in the trenches about 30cm (12in) apart, being careful not to knock the shoots off the tubers, and keeping the shoots facing upwards. Then lightly cover with soil. As the plants get to around 20cm (8in) tall you need to bank up the soil around the plant, so the soil covers the bottom two thirds of the plant. Watering your plants well will help improve crop yield and discourage potato scab.