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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 (16-18 potato tubers)

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    • Despatch: By end of April 2017
    • £5.99
    • 2kg (32-36 potato tubers)

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    • Despatch: By end of April 2017
    • £8.99
    • 4kg (64-72 potato tubers)

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    • Despatch: By end of April 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. Good blight resistance

    By James Gamble 08-02-2017

    I chose this variety for my first attempt at growing potatoes, having recently taken on an allotment. Not the cheapest, and I was slightly disappointed at how small the 1kg delivery looked, although they were in excellent condition when they arrived. I planted them late May 2016 in two batches, a week apart. They grew very well, and produced a good number of nicely shaped tubers, which tasted very good, although perhaps all spuds do when they are on your plate just 2 hours after digging them up. Best of all, they were almost entirely undamaged by late blight which swept across the allotments site in July. The foliage did show slight damage on a few plants, and I lost three tubers, but the King Edwards which I had planted later were wiped out. I have ordered some more Athlete to grow in 2017.

    Faye
    09-02-2017

    Thank you very much for your review. I am glad that you have been happy with your purchase and thank you so much for taking the time to let us know. I hope we can continue to be of service to you in the future.

  2. Good Potatao

    By ravi mittal 18-01-2017

    good

    Ryan
    18-01-2017

    Thank you very much for your review. I am glad that you have been happy with your purchase. I hope we can continue to be of service to you in the future.

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