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Potato 'Kestrel'Solanum tuberosum

3 Options from £4.49

Tender Tuber
What is Tender Tuber?
Plant that grows from an underground storage organ. Generally supplied in a
dormant condition with no top growth. Susceptible to damage
or death at temperatures below 5C.
6 Reviews
1kg (16-18 potato tubers) £4.49 Out of Stock
2kg (32-36 potato tubers) £6.99 Out of Stock
4kg (64-72 potato tubers) £11.99 Out of Stock
Description How to Grow More Info Delivery Reviews

Second early.

The gardeners' favourite second early variety, producing tubers of consistent size and shape, with attractive, smooth skins and violet eyes. Potato 'Kestrel' shows good slug resistance, Golden eelworm and partial white eelworm resistance. For growing unmarked exhibition quality tubers we recommend using our exhibitor growing bags. Height and spread: 60cm (24").

Useful links:

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

Patio, Kitchen Garden


Full sun

Up to 60cm (23.6in)

Up to 60cm (23.6in)

Easy for all

Easy for all

1kg (16-18 Potato Tubers) (T72320)
2kg (32-36 Potato Tubers) (T72319)
4kg (64-72 Potato Tubers) (T72374P)

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. Second early crops can be harvested approximately 13 weeks from planting when the foliage begins to turn yellow and die back.

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.


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 delivery charge of £1.95.

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Update to 23-01-2017 2017-01-30

Thought I should amend my review below, as T&M have said they will send on a replacement pack,to amend for the shortfall in my previous delivery. I hadn't expected that at all. I've always had T&M spuds in the past with no issues at all, so when something does happen to go awry, it's good to know it is sorted quickly and beyond expectation. So, many thanks, chaps.

T&M replied on 2017-01-31: Thank you very much for your review. I am very pleased 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.

4 doz per 4 kg 2017-01-23

Although they arrived surprisingly quickly, my tuber count was 49 in 4kg, way short of the advised 5 1/2 dozen, which will leave 1 of my 3 spud beds empty. I now need to go out and get another couple of kg from somewhere...

T&M replied on 2017-01-24: Thank you for your review. I am very sorry to learn of your disappointment with your purchase. At your earliest convenience please contact our Customer Care Department at, one of our agents will be more than happy to look into this further for you.

Fab potatoes 2016-01-08

I have just finished lifting these from my allotment in the north. Lovely potato - firm and good taste. No slug damage. Some grew to quite a size. Will be growing again next year

T&M replied on 2016-08-01: 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.

Great potato 2015-08-09

Grown now for several years in the ground and in sacks, we have a very alkaline soil so we get lots of scab, these are relativly resistant compared to M Piper ,tho this last year was good for us and no Smith Periods ,even when I lost a whole row of other variety to blight ,these pulled thru. We use these mainly for chips and I feel they have a delicate flavour, however potatoes are greatly influenced by both weather and soil for thier taste,we use peanut /groundnut oil which does not seem to mask the potatoes flavour. I steam rather than boil . I was sorry to read the dissapointment of the other reviewers , It was certainly not my experience over about 5 years.

T&M replied on 2015-09-08: Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I am glad to hear that you have been happy with your order. I hope we can continue to be of service to you in the future.

Poor Quality 2014-01-08

If you like a floury tasteless potato that disintegrates on cooking then this is for you. Maybe OK for mash or roasting but little pleasure to eat. The only positive is its good yield and blight-resistance.

T&M replied on 2014-08-04: Thank you for your review. I am very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your recent purchase. If you would like to contact our Customer care team on, one of our agents will be happy to investigate this matter further.

Kestrel potatoes 2011-08-15

These potatoes produced very large potatoes and were not affected by mildew or slugs. Excellent crop!!!