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First Early


First early potatoes are perfect if you want to grow small, new potatoes and should be planted from the end of February to late May. They'll be ready to harvest in about 10 weeks from the planting date. It's a good idea to 'chit' these varieties before planting - this produces long shoots from which the plants will grow. First early potatoes are ideal for growing in potato patio planters or containers.



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Potato 'Accord' - Part of the Alan Romans Collection

Solanum tuberosum

 

First early

'Accord' is fairly high yielding, disease resistant and general purpose. It is double eelworm resistant. Tuber blight resistance is higher than foliar. This is a useful variety for the gardener and a personal favourite but it is sometimes difficult to find. Some seed is grown in Scotland which tends to suggest that it is not particularly prone to the soft rots that preclude other earlies from the Continent being grown in the wetter, colder climate of the north.

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

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Potato 'Duke of York' - Part of the Alan Romans Collection

Solanum tuberosum

 

First early

Bred by William Sim of Fyvie, Aberdeenshire, "Dukes" quickly established themselves worldwide with a reputation for quality which survives to this day. The tubers are pale yellow, smooth and attractive. They are waxy, boiling, almost salad, potatoes at the start of their season but they quickly mature, dry matter increases and they become very versatile. Despite moans from the 'waxy' brigade about them disintegrating, they are a flavour reference as far as I am concerned.

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Potato 'Home Guard' - Part of the Alan Romans Collection

Solanum tuberosum

 

First early

This was introduced by McGill & Smith of Ayr during World War II. Members of the Home Guard helped promote its use and it quickly became a commercial success because of its early yield. It is still the main early in Ireland and is still popular with gardeners. In my opinion it is an early early which is best eaten early.

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Potato 'Sharpe's Express' - Part of the Alan Romans Collection

Solanum tuberosum

 

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This garden classic was produced by Charles Sharpe of Sleaford. He was a major miller, merchant and seedsman in the town and may not have been personally responsible for his company's varieties. 'Express' has high dry matter, very good flavour and cooks well although boiling requires care. It was TV gardener, Percy Thrower's favourite. Yield and disease resistance are poor but some of Scotland's leading growers used to certify a small patch to keep the variety going for their own family use.

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Potato 'Ulster Sceptre' - Part of the Alan Romans Collection

Solanum tuberosum

 

First early

This was John Clarke's most successful variety. Like the other 'Ulster' still available, it is best eaten early and fresh. The yield of waxy tubers is high, even by present standards.

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Potato 'Vanessa' - Part of the Alan Romans Collection

Solanum tuberosum

 

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'Vanessa' is very like an early 'Desiree' but the tubers tend to be smoother and more suitable for exhibition use. Even the foliage is very 'Desiree' like.

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