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Potato 'Rocket'

Solanum tuberosum

Tender Tuber

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First early

A very early bulking and heavy cropping first early variety producing almost round, white skinned and fleshed tubers. Potato, 'Rocket' has good all round disease resistance including golden eelworm. Easy to grow and quick to produce 'baby new potatoes', Potato 'Rocket' is particular well suited to growing in containers and potato bags. Height and spread: 60cm (24").

Useful links:

How to grow potatoes in the groundPotato Selector Guide
How to grow potatoes in bags     How to stop blight

Ideal For:
patio, kitchen garden
full sun
    • 5 potato tubers

    • Despatch: By end of April 2015
    • £2.99
    • 5 potato tubers + 5 black growing bags

    • Despatch: By end of April 2015
    • £6.99
    • 20 potato tubers

    • Despatch: By end of April 2015
    • £4.99
    • 60 potato tubers

    • Despatch: By end of April 2015
    • £12.99

Plant first early potato crops from the end of February. Prior to planting, 'chit' the seed potatoes by setting them out in a cool, bright position (10C/ 50F) to allow them to sprout.

When growing first early potatoes in the ground avoid planting in soil where potatoes have grown for two years in succession to reduce the risk of disease. Prepare the planting area in a sheltered position in full sun on moist well drained soil. Dig in plenty of well rotted manure. Plant potatoes in rows at a spacing of 30cm (12"). Rows should be set out 60cm (2') apart. Place the seed potatoes into 10cm (4") deep trenches and backfill the soil to refill the trenches. When shoots reach 20cm (8"), mound up soil around the shoots leaving just a few cm showing. Repeat this process after a further 3 weeks.

Where space is limited, try growing potatoes in potato bags on the patio. Fill an 8 litre potato bag to just below the top of the bag with good quality compost mixed with some well rotted manure. Carefully plunge a single chitted potato tuber into the compost with the shoots pointing upwards at a depth of 12cm (5") from the soil surface. Place the bags in a sunny position and water regularly to keep the compost moist.

Weed between rows and keep potato plants well watered throughout the growing season. If the risk of frost threatens, draw some soil up around the stems to protect them, or move potato bags to a frost free position in a shed or greenhouse. First early crops can be harvested approximately 10 weeks from planting when the foliage begins to turn yellow and die back.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a P&P charge of £1.95.
Orders which include any other products will incur a P&P charge of £4.95.
Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products a maximum P&P charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Please see our Delivery / P&P page for further details and details of any surcharges that may apply to certain destinations.

For product weight information regarding how we despatch our quantities of potatoes, onions and garlic, please see the table below. Exact weights will depend on the individual variety, as well as the weather and growing conditions experienced by the grower.

ProductMinimum Weight
Potato 5 Tubers165g
Potato 10 Tubers320g
Potato 20 Tubers655g
Exhibitor Grade Potato 10 Tubers475g
Onions 50 Sets155g
Shallots 20 Sets355g
  1. Good growers

    By Samantha Pearce 01-09-2012

    New to vegetable growing this was my first crop of Earlies and certainly a good choice. Good growers, consistent quantity and quality to each plant and very versatile for cooking - even though the guide doesn't state wedges, I've done them in the oven and also oven potato slices with very tasty results. Really large potatoes when left in, so good value for money. Would definitely grow again.

  2. Very Fast

    By Ian Mackay 14-07-2011

    Planted out at the start of April, after a few weeks chitting, into an exposed Pennine site. They've grown quickly, and we're just finishing the last of them in July. Personally, I don't think the taste is as good as some slightly later First Earlies (I'm really enjoying my Lady Christl), but you can't argue with the speed to crop. Yield is about a kilo of tubers per plant if you leave them to bulk out; obviously less if you lift them earlier as baby news.

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