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Potato 'Cara'Solanum tuberosum

3 Options from £3.99

4 Reviews

Best for baking

1kg (16-18 potato tubers) £3.99 Out of Stock
2kg (32-36 potato tubers) £5.99 Out of Stock
4kg (64-72 potato tubers) £9.99 Out of Stock
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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.

Useful links:

How to grow potatoes in the ground Potato Selector Guide
How to grow potatoes in bags How to stop blight

Kitchen Garden


Full sun

60cm (23.6in)

60cm (23.6in)

1kg (16-18 Potato Tubers) (T72322)
2kg (32-36 Potato Tubers) (T72321)
4kg (64-72 Potato Tubers) (T72375P)

Harvest Months

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.

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 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.


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.

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excellent yield 2016-07-02

I planted "cara" potatoes last year. Excellent yield. And indeed blight resistant. Good choice!

T&M replied on 2016-02-07: Thank you very much for your review. I am pleased to hear of the great success you have had! Thank you for taking the time to let us know.

query about Cara 2013-09-18

Why did my plants produce trusses above ground of small green tomato-like fruits? Potatoes under ground were ok. Sandy soil, full sun.

Best roaster 2011-06-11

Even my mother-in-law likes them

Excellent potato 2010-06-10

This is probably my favourite potato for the allotment. Although the past 4 years hasn't been great conditions to test its 'drought resistance' claims, this potato has had no problems with blight and gives good yield. Vigorous foliage, ensures little weeding is required once established. The biggest potatoes are probably smaller than the Desiree variety, but excellent allround for a variety of cooking purposes.