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Potato 'Orla'Solanum tuberosum

3 Options from £4.99

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.
3 Reviews
1kg (16-18 potato tubers) £4.99 Out of Stock
2kg (32-36 potato tubers) £7.99 Out of Stock
4kg (64-72 potato tubers) £12.99 Out of Stock
Description How to Grow More Info Delivery Reviews

First early.

Potato 'Orla' has outstanding foliage and tuber blight resistance, producing creamy skinned, pale yellow fleshed, round-oval tubers. This first early variety can also be grown as a second early and early maincrop from slightly later plantings, as tubers will bulk up well. Height and spread: 60cm (24").


Please note: Potato 'Orla' 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


Patio, Kitchen Garden

Tender

Full sun

Up to 60cm (23.6in)

Up to 60cm (23.6in)

Easy for all

Easy for all

1kg (16-18 Potato Tubers) (T72336)
2kg (32-36 Potato Tubers) (T72335)
4kg (64-72 Potato Tubers) (T72384P)

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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. First early crops can be harvested approximately 10 weeks from planting when the foliage begins to turn yellow and die back.

Plant first early potato crops from the end of February. 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 first 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 30cm (12"). Rows should be set out 60cm (2') 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.

Delivery

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.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £4.95.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details and details of any surcharges that may apply to certain destinations.

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For your complete peace of mind, our Home and Garden products may be returned to us within 30 days of purchase for a refund of the purchase price. Items must be returned unused, at your cost and in mint condition. All items carry a manufacturer's 12 month defects warranty.

Reviews

Slugs and worms love them 2016-10-23

Cropped well but lost 80% to slugs and other hole drilling beasties. Never had that problem with any other variety so i would not buy Orla again

T&M replied on 2016-10-24: Thank you for your review. I am sorry to learn of your disappointment with your purchase.

Reliable variety 2011-09-29

I found that Orla always tend to provide a good crop if grown in the ground regardless of variations in the weather and are less affected by disease and slugs. Last year I got some whoppers in my harvest which were ideal for serving up as baked potatoes.

Foliage needs supporting 2010-06-10

Terrible yield in planters. Also, if you are thinking about growing these on the patio, you should possibly buy Swift which has shorter foliage. The Orla foliage was very vigorous but soon toppled over and probably what affected the yield. So if you are to grow these in planters/pots/bags, make sure you support the plants.