potato 'Sarpo Mira' (PBR)
potato - maincrop Scottish basic seed potato
- available to order from winter
- 10 tubers
- Standard £4.95
- Position: sun-partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well drained
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Harvesting period: July
- Hardiness: protect tubers from frost
A high yielding , red-skinned late maincrop variety, ‘Sarpo Mira’ (pronounced Sharpo), produces a good amount of weed-smothering foliage, but it is the potatoes natural resistance to blight that makes it stand out from the crowd. Years of research at the Sárvári Research Trust (SRT), which is a not-for-profit company based at Bangnor university in North Wales, has produced a couple of new varieties with high levels of blight resistance - and this one is regarded as the best of the best. It is a good all rounder in the kitchen and has a floury texture that is great for baking, roasting and making chips. It also has good crop yields and stores well so the good harvest potential will mean you do not have to eat them all at once.
- 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.