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Potato 'Setanta'

Solanum tuberosum

Tender Tuber

  • Voted the best red-skinned roasties in T&M's taste test
  • Delicious crispy skins and buttery flesh
  • Shows resistance to blight
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Maincrop.

With the ever popular variety 'Rooster' as one of its parent lines, Potato 'Setanta' has a characteristically high dry matter - perfect for roasting, baking and chipping! This late maincrop variety triumphed over other varieties in our own taste tests. Potato 'Setanta' produces impressive yields of shallow-eyed, oval, red-skinned tubers with medium-yellow flesh. This superb potato has a reputation for being drought tolerant and free of pests and diseases, making it an ideal choice for the organic home gardener. Height and spread: 60cm (24").


Please note: Potato 'Setanta' CANNOT be sent to Northern Ireland or Eire.


Useful links:

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

Press release: Potato Setanta is voted 'Best Roastie'

Ideal For:
kitchen garden
Position:
full sun
    • 20 potato tubers

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    • Despatch: By end of January 2015
    • £5.99
    • 40 potato tubers

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    • Despatch: By end of January 2015
    • £9.99

Plant 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 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. Maincrop varieties can be harvested approximately 20 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. Yum

    By S Wilson 18-08-2014

    These potaoes are delicious. I agree with the other review that they make the best roast and baked potatoes. I got over 1.5 kg of potatoes from just one plant yesterday and they still have a couple of weeks before the main harvest :D They have earned a permanent place in our garden.

    Natalie
    19/08/14

    Thank you for your review. I hope we can continue to be of service.

  2. Superb.

    By Alyson Caddick 04-09-2013

    We've grown these in the ground and in bags this summer and we're just enjoying the delicious crop. So far we've had brilliant roast potatoes, crispy outside, floury and tender centre, and crunchy skinned baked potatoes. The average size is approximately the size of a tennis ball. Recommended if like us, you prefer floury to waxy textured spuds. We'll certainly be growing these again!

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