potato 'Red Duke of York'
potato - first early, Scottish basic seed potato
- available to order from winter 2020
- 2 kg bag
- We sell potatoes by weight but you can expect to receive about 25 tubers of this variety in a 2kg bag. Please be aware that the skin colour of the potatoes you receive may not be as bright as those in the photo. That's because their skin colour fades when the potatoes have been out of the ground for a couple of weeks - and the potatoes in the picture had only just been lifted.
- Position: sun-partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well drained
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Harvesting period: early to mid JuneHardiness: protect tubers from frost
A Heritage early potato variety bred in 1942. This potato has a wonderful strong flavour and is a great all rounder - can be roasted, mashed, baked or used for making chips. Has deep red skin and pale yellow floury flesh, more vigorous with larger tubers than Duke of York.
- 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.