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Maincrop


Maincrop potato varieties produce larger varieties for baking and roasting. For best results, 'chit' the tubers and then plant up from March to mid May. The potatoes will be ready to harvest approximately 20 weeks after planting. Maincrop potatoes are best grown in the ground, where they will have more space. 'Sarpo' potatoes offer exceptional resistance to blight, a common problem in potatoes.



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Potato 'Sarpo Mira'

Solanum tuberosum

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Late maincrop.

This late maincrop variety has it all - unprecedented blight resistance, good slug resistance, vigorous weed suppressing foliage, and it grows well in a wide range of soils. Potato 'Sarpo Mira' produces huge yields of tasty, floury tubers that have a long storage potential. A real all-rounder for all cooking purposes. Height and spread: 60cm (24").


Organic 'Sarpo Mira' has Organic Certification approved by The Soil Association.


Useful links:

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

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Potato 'Cara'

Solanum tuberosum

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Maincrop.

Oval-round, pinkish, red-eyed tubers with soft moist flesh that is excellent for baking and chipping. Maincrop potato 'Cara' has excellent disease resistance, including golden eelworm and blight, and withstands drought well. An allotment favourite! Height and spread: 60cm (24").


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


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Potato 'Setanta'

Solanum tuberosum

  • 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.


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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'

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Potato 'King Edward'

Solanum tuberosum

Late maincrop.

Potato 'King Edward' is the classic Christmas variety and a firm favourite for roasting. The creamy white flesh has a light, floury texture and rarely discolours on cooking. A popular and well-loved late maincrop variety with good resistance to scab and slugs. Height and spread: 60cm (24").



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Potato 'Valor'

Solanum tuberosum

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Late maincrop.

This round to oval, white skinned and cream fleshed late maincrop, has double eelworm and blight resistance, offering a real bonus to the gardener. Potato 'Valor' produces exceptional yields of quality general purpose potatoes for all culinary uses. Height and spread: 60cm (24").



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Potato 'Carolus'

Solanum tuberosum

Early Maincrop.

Smooth-skinned pale yellow tubers with attractive shallow red eyes and pale yellow flesh. Carolus combines a slightly floury texture with excellent flavour. At our Capel Manor potato trials in September 2014, Carolus was voted No.1 as both a baker and chipper in taste tests, but we've roasted, boiled and mashed them in our own tests at home with superb results. The growing test produced a bumper crop of uniformly sized oval tubers with no signs of blight or rotting from a late September harvest. New to the amateur market, it has already performed exceptionally and was awarded an RHS AGM at the off site Capel Manor trials in September 2014.



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Potato 'International Kidney'

Solanum tuberosum

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Second early.

A heritage variety that has stood the test of time. If harvested as a second early, 'International Kidney' makes a perfect, very waxy, salad potato. Harvested later as an early maincrop, it produces floury, large, general purpose tubers. Height and spread: 60cm (24").



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Potato 'Late Blight Resistant Collection'

Solanum tuberosum

Early maincrop, maincrop.

Potato blight is a widespread disease that can destroy crops in just 10 days, particularly during the warm humid weather of late summer. These resilient early and maincrop varieties have been specially selected for their excellent resistance to late blight, to ensure that your potato crops can reach their full potential. Height and spread: 60cm (24").

  • Potato 'Late Blight Resistant Collection' comprises:
  • Potato 'Sárpo Mira' (maincrop) - With unprecedented blight resistance, and good slug resistance, this variety produces huge yields of tasty, floury tubers.
  • Potato 'Cara' (maincrop) - Oval-round, pinkish, red-eyed tubers with soft moist flesh that is excellent for baking and chipping.
  • Potato 'Sárpo Axona' (maincrop) - Similar to 'Sarpo Mira' but the tubers are more regular in shape and the flesh is slightly more creamy.
  • Potato 'Mayan Gold' (early maincrop) - Yellow skinned, long, oval, tubers with a deep golden flesh, a unique nutty flavour, and an extremely creamy, yet dry texture.
  • Potato 'Orla' (first early) - Creamy skinned, pale yellow fleshed, round-oval tubers.
  • Potato'Valor' (late maincrop) - Exceptional yields of quality general purpose potatoes for all culinary uses.


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Potato 'Lady Balfour'

Solanum tuberosum

Early maincrop.

Named after the Soil Association founder, Potato 'Lady Balfour' produces oval, pink splashed tubers with firm, moist creamy flesh. Showing impressive blight resistance and double eelworm resistance, this maincrop variety delivers huge yields, even in poorer soils. Potato 'Lady Balfour' also stores particularly well making it an excellent general purpose potato. Height and spread: 60cm (24").



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Potato 'Markies' (Early Maincrop)

Solanum tuberosum

  • Best for chips
We introduced Potato Markies in 2007 due to its vigorous, upright habit, excellent late blight resistance, high yields and quality, tasty tubers. We are pleased to have secured this top performing early maincrop variety again for the 2016 season. It performed so well in our recent Capel Manor College growing trials and taste tests, we just had to bring it back. Our taste testers rated it best of the bunch for chipping and baking, commending the fluffy texture, crispy skins and golden crunch when chipped. Potato Markies produces long oval tubers with pale yellow flesh and skin. A floury cooking texture and a high dry matter content results in less oil absorption when fried. The flesh has a low sugar content and a very low acrylamide content, making it a healthy potato option. Growers of this easy grow potato report full resistance to golden eelworm. Height:60cm (24"). Spread 60cm (24").
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Potato 'Manitou'

Solanum tuberosum

Early maincrop.

Manitou has a firmer flesh than popular Desirée, with good dry matter content suitable for baking, chipping, roasting and making lovely smooth mash. Manitou shows good spraing resistance and is golden eelworm resistant too - a boon if you've been troubled by this pest in the past.

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Potato 'Picasso'

Solanum tuberosum

Early maincrop.

Bred from 'Cara', this early maincrop variety has the same creamy skin and striking bright red eyes. Potato 'Picasso' produces huge yields of waxy fleshed tubers with good all round disease and drought resistance, although may be prone to slugs. Height and spread: 60cm (24").



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