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Potato 'Belana'

Solanum tuberosum

Tender Tuber

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First early.

This early variety produces large yields of smooth skinned, oval, yellow tubers with a deep yellow flesh. Potato 'Belana' makes a delicious baby new potato. The tubers store well, maintaining a superb flavour for a long period. 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
    • 20 potato tubers

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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. Belana, a top quality spud!

    By Paul Baisley 02-10-2012

    After having problems with blight and scab with previous varieties of potato in my garden, i decided to give Belana a go. I was delighted to find that every potato I unearthed was perfect and not a hint of any defects etc.. The taste is fantastic with a really nice waxy yellow flesh. They cook really well and are quite versatile. Mine produced a large crop and have fed my family for months. I dug up the remaining few yesterday (1st of oct) which were sliced and baked as a topping for a cottage pie, yum! This superb spud will be variety I will definitely be planting every year from now on.

  2. Outstanding taste and storage

    By David Nice 16-09-2012

    I grew Belana for the first time this year (2012) and have been mightily impressed by their superb flavour which surpasses all other early varieties I have previously grown. They retain flavour well after lifting but equally store well in the ground well into September. The potato stamps and boils well, holding together whilst young and only starring to break up a little as the potatoes get older. Ideal as a new potato, in salads or steamed with a main meal, provides a good quality mash and fries well when thinly sliced. I will be growing thee continually as an excellent all rounder in future with just a complimentary main crop to provides a roasting potato and for longer term storage.

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