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Potato 'Desiree'

Solanum tuberosum

Tender Tuber

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Early maincrop.

The world's most popular red potato, with pale yellow, firm waxy flesh. This well-loved maincrop potato has particularly good drought resistance. Potato 'Desiree' is versatile for all cooking purposes including roasting and baking. 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:
kitchen garden
Position:
full sun
    • 20 potato tubers

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    • Despatch:
    • £4.99
    • Out of stock

Plant early maincrop potatoes from March. 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 early maincrop 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 45cm (18"). Rows should be set out 75cm (2', 6") 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 the potato bags by one third with good quality compost mixed with some well rotted manure. Space 3 seed potatoes in each bag on top of the compost. Fill the bags by another third and place 2 more seed potatoes on top of the compost. Finally cover them with more compost until the bags are full. 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. Early maincrop varieties can be harvested approximately 15 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
Reviews
  1. Better than Sarpo Axona

    By Savvas Neophytou 06-10-2010

    Have found these to be an excellent potato and have not had any trouble with blight so would prefer to go for these than the Sarpo Axona if you are looking at organic options. Desiree has a much better yield and the potatoes are much tastier and less prone to scabbing.

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