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Potato 'Salad Blue'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

Maincrop.

Potato 'Salad Blue' is a vigorous maincrop variety that is more productive than 'Congo' with attractive blue/ purple flowers. Contrary to its name, the spectacular blue, floury flesh, of this unusual coloured potato is best suited to baking, roasting, mash, boiling or chips. 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


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) (T72338)
2kg (32-36 Potato Tubers) (T72337)
4kg (64-72 Potato Tubers) (T72385P)

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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. 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.

Delivery

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Reviews

Crispy blue roasties 2015-09-09

I'm going to increase the area dedicated to growing salad blue next after having grown just a few plants for the last 3 years. Unlike some other blue potatoes these keep their colour well after cooking and do not take on the look of zombie potatoes! Be careful with boiling and steaming though, they fall apart very suddenly and ignore their name, they are normal maincrops with no special growing considerations other than the fact that you can't tell if they have greened until you peel them. They look really fab on a roast dinner, adding an extra colour and make excellent tasty roast potatoes.

T&M replied on 2015-09-09: 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.

Not Just a Pretty Tater! 2014-06-09

Grew these mainly out of curiosity. Since I use potato bags the yield wasn't huge, but I had enough to make (blue) chips and (lavender) mash. Both were excellent! The potatoes themselves were very striking to look at, dark purple skin with marbled white and purple flesh. Great potato overall, these are definitely going into the rota!

T&M replied on 2014-09-08: Thank you for your review. I hope we can continue to be of service.

Salad Blue 2012 2012-08-14

This year has been a tough year with growing potatoes. This variety produces a striking coloured potato which tastes great and looks fab. The only downsides were finding the potatoes when picking them as they are harder to see than 'normal' coloured varieties and they were also much more susceptible to blight than other varieties down on my allotment. I would suggest buying them but growing them in potato bags. Well worth a try.