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Potato 'Athlete'

Solanum tuberosum

Tender Tuber

Second early.

Although previously available in supermarkets during the 2012 Olympic Games, Potato 'Athlete' has only just been released to the amateur gardener. Enjoy high yields of pale yellow tubers which won't disintegrate on boiling and maintain their superb taste whether eaten hot or cold. This second early potato also shows good resistance to golden eelworm and blackleg. 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

 

4 for 3 on all packs of potato tubers

Ideal For:
patio, kitchen garden
Flowering Period:
May, June, July, August, September, October
Position:
full sun
    • 1kg of potato tubers

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    • Despatch: By end of January 2017
    • £5.99
    • 2kg of potato tubers

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    • Despatch: By end of January 2017
    • £8.99
    • 4kg of potato tubers

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    • Despatch: By end of January 2017
    • £14.99

Plant second early potato crops 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 second 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 37cm (15"). 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 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. Second early crops can be harvested approximately 13 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.

ProductAmount
Potato 1kg packApprox. 15 tubers grade 35:55
Potato 2kg packApprox. 30 tubers grade 35:55
Potato 4kg packApprox. 60 tubers grade 35:55

Please note: Exact tuber count will depend on individual varieties, and on the actual weather and growing conditions experienced by the grower.

Reviews
  1. A Good Potato

    By Geoff Durrant 10-10-2016

    I had a more happy experience with Athlete. I was drawn to them because they have a high blight resistance and yes, the tops died off early but some decent tubers had grown although yield was not high. I would therefore classify this as a second early or early maincrop to keep you going before the big maincrop. Tasted great as a boiled potato and made the most amazingly delicious mash. Will grow a few again next year

    Ryan
    10-10-2016

    Thank you for your review. I am sorry to learn that the results that you experienced were mixed. I hope that you experience better results next year. Please get in touch if we can be of any help.

  2. worst potato iv ever grown

    By edmund parsons 18-09-2015

    this potato just about broke through the top of the ridge then they died. no idea why they failed but they were the worst of the four variety's i grew this year. would not recommend.

    Natalie
    21-09-15

    Thank you for your review. I am sorry to learn of your disappointment with your purchase. If you would like to contact our Customer Care Department at ccare@thompson-morgan.com, one of our agents will be more than happy to look in to this further for you.

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