potato 'Sarpo Una' (PBR)
potato - second early, Scottish basic seed potato
(shipped within 5-7 working days)
- 10 tubers
- Standard (dispatched separately)
- Next / named day
- Position: sun-partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well drained
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Harvesting period: June to August
- Hardiness: protect tubers from frost
The first 'second early' in the Sarpo range, this disease-resistant variety can be harvested and used as a waxy salad potato from mid-June onwards. Otherewise, leave it in the ground and it will go on to produce a heavy crop of larger potatoes, which are excellent for baking. Ideal for smaller gardens, this versatile potato can be grown in pots or bags, and when harvested, it has a pure white flesh with a subtle flavour.
- 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.