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Potato Selector Guide

Potato Selector Guide

Step 1 - Cropping Type  |  Step 2 - Potato Variety  |  Step 3 - Planting up  |  Step 4 - Enjoy!


If you're not sure what type of potato you want to grow, or you're not really sure what the difference between a 'first early' and a 'maincrop' is then use our easy-to-use potato selector guide to help you find your perfect potato!


Step 1: Select your potato cropping type

Firstly, you need to decide what type of potato you want to grow. There are 4 main types of potato, which are explained below:


First Early Potatoes

  • - These are generally best if you want to grow small, new potatoes.
  • - Plant up from the end of February to late May.
  • - First early potatoes are ready to harvest approximately 10 weeks from planting date.
  • - Ideal for growing in bags or containers.
  • - First early potatoes will benefit from 'chitting' prior to being planted.

Second Early Potatoes

  • - These are generally best if you want to grow small, new potatoes.
  • - Plant up from March to late May.
  • - Second early potatoes are ready to harvest approximately 13 weeks from planting date.
  • - Ideal for growing in bags or containers.
  • - Second early potatoes will benefit from 'chitting' prior to being planted.

Maincrop Potatoes

  • - Maincrop potatoes tend to produce larger potatoes which are ideal for baking and roasting.
  • - Plant up from March to mid May.
  • - They are ready to harvest approximately 20 weeks from planting date.
  • - They are best grown in the ground where there is more room to grow but can also be grown in bags and containers.
  • - Maincrop potatoes will benefit from 'chitting' prior to being planted.

Second Cropping Potatoes

  • - Second cropping potatoes are also known as 'Christmas' potatoes as they can be lifted early and eaten in late Autumn, or stored ready for your Christmas dinner!
  • - Second cropping potatoes must be protected from frosts. You can bring them into your greenhouse or garden shed when the first frosts threaten. This makes them perfect for growing in bags as they can be easily moved.
  • - Plant up in bags or containers in Early August.
  • - They are ready to harvest approximately 11 weeks from planting date.
  • - Second cropping varieties do not require 'chitting'.

Step 2: Select your potato variety

First Early Potatoes  |  Second Early Potatoes  |  Maincrop potatoes  |  Second Cropping Potatoes

Now you have selected which type of potato you want to grow, you can now narrow your choice even further by selecting your potato variety based upon their culinary uses. Some varieties are better for roasting, whereas others are best for boiled potatoes. View our guides below for more information on potato culinary uses. You can either scroll down the page to browse or click on the cropping types above to view all varieties for that type, then simply click on the variety name for more information on that variety.


See below for our full list of First Early potato varieties:

First Early Potatoes General
Purpose 
  Chips    Wedges    Baked    Boiled    Mashed    Steamed    Roasted    Salad   New
Potato 
Potato 'Winston' (Exhibitor Grade)      
Potato 'Accord'      
Potato 'Arran Pilot'       
Potato 'Duke of York'        
Potato 'Epicure'      
Potato 'Foremost'      
Potato 'Home Guard'     
Potato 'Maris Bard'      
Potato 'Pentland Javelin'       
Potato 'Red Duke of York'   
Potato 'Sharpe's Express'   
Potato 'Lady Christl'        
Potato 'Rocket'       
Potato 'Swift'      
Potato 'Dunluce'      
Potato 'Orla'        
Potato 'Casablanca'       
Potato 'Elizabeth'       
Potato 'Ulster Sceptre'       
Potato 'Vanessa'       
Potato 'Customer
Favourites Collection'
        
Potato 'Baby New Potato Collection'      
Potato 'Beginners Collection'         
Potato 'Allotment Favourites
Collection'
         
Potato Exhibitor Collection         
Potato 'Multi Minis Collection'       
Potato 'Blight Dodgers
Collection'
      
Potato 'Favourite Earlies
Collection B'
      
Potato 'Patio Planter
Collection'
         
Potato 'Heritage Collection'        

See below for our full list of Second Early potato varieties:

Second Early Potatoes General
Purpose 
  Chips    Wedges    Baked    Boiled    Mashed    Steamed    Roasted    Salad   New
Potato 
Potato 'Kestrel' (Exhibitor Grade)         
Potato 'Ratte'       
Potato 'Maxine' Exhibitor Grade         
Potato 'British Queen'        
Potato 'Marfona'      
Potato 'Charlotte'       
Potato 'Maris Peer'       
Potato 'Yukon Gold'       
Potato 'Nadine' Exhibitor Grade         
Potato 'Kestrel'         
Potato 'International Kidney'      
Potato 'Aura'       
Potato 'Melody'       
Potato 'Novella'      
Potato 'Saxon'     
Potato 'Bonnie'      
Potato 'Nicola'      
Potato 'Edzell Blue'      
Potato 'Milva'        
Potato 'Wilja'       
Potato 'Gemson' NEW       
Potato 'Bambino' NEW        
Potato 'Sherine' NEW        
Potato Salad Collection       
Gourmet Potato Collection     
Potato 'Beginners Collection'         
Potato 'Allotment Favourites Collection'         
Potato Exhibitor Collection      
Potato Patio Planters Collection         
Potato 'Heritage Collection'

See below for our full list of Maincrop potato varieties:

Maincrop Potatoes General
Purpose 
  Chips    Wedges    Baked    Boiled    Mashed    Steamed    Roasted    Salad   New
Potato 
Potato 'Amour' NEW         
Potato 'Arran Victory'       
Potato 'Belle de Fontenay'       
Potato 'Bikini' NEW      
Potato 'Blue Danube'       
Potato 'Cara'        
Potato 'Chicago'     
Potato 'Desiree'       
Potato 'Golden Wonder'     
Potato 'Harlequin'        
Potato 'Highland Burgundy Red'     
Potato 'Infinity'     
Potato 'Kerr's Pink'     
Potato 'Kifli'       
Potato 'King Edward'        
Potato 'Lady Balfour'        
Potato 'Manitou'       
Potato 'Maris Piper'        
Potato 'Markies'     
Potato 'Mayan Gold'     
Potato 'Pentland Crown'         
Potato 'Picasso'        
Potato 'Pink Fir Apple'      
Potato 'Record'     
Potato 'Remarka'      
Potato 'Rubesse'         
Potato 'Sante'      
Potato 'Salad Blue'     
Potato 'Sarpo Axona'      
Potato 'Sarpo Gwyn'       
Potato 'Sarpo Mira'      
Potato 'Sarpo Una'   
Potato 'Sarpo Collection'      
Potato 'Setanta'      
Potato 'Sarpo Shona'          
Potato 'Stemster'      
Potato 'Valor'         
Potato 'Heritage Collection'    
Gourmet Potato Collection       
Potato 'Beginners Collection'         
Potato 'Allotment Favourites Collection'        

Step 3: Plant up your potato tubers

The next step is to decide whether you are going to plant your potato tubers in bags or in the ground. If you have plenty of space in your garden for a vegetable plot, or you are lucky enough to own an allotment, then you should probably grow yours in the ground. Click here to view our 'how to' guide for growing potatoes in the ground.

On the other hand, if you do not have much room in your garden, or you have no garden at all, you can grow potatoes in grow bags, patio planters or containers on your patio, balcony or simply tucked away in an unused corner of your garden. Click here to view our 'how to' guide for growing potatoes in bags and containers.


Step 4: Enjoy your delicious home-grown potatoes

Nothing is more satisfying than the fresh flavour of newly dug potatoes lifted straight from your own garden, and after weeks of caring for your potato plants you can now enjoy your yummy potato crop! Not only have you reduced your 'food miles' but you know exactly what has gone into growing them.

Potatoes can be very healthy, providing you don't cook them in fat! They are also a good source of vitamins C, B6, B1 and fibre (particularly the skins!). For more information on healthy eating, click here.


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