• Eventual height: 0.6m
  • Eventual spread: 0.45m

potato 'Charlotte'

potato - second early, Scottish basic seed potato

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  • Position: Full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: Fertile, well drained
  • Rate of growth: Fast
  • Harvest period: June to July or November to December
  • Hardiness: Protect tubers from frost

    Popular and high-yielding, these pear-shaped salad potatoes have a waxy flesh that maintains a good flavour when eaten hot or cold. Reliable and easy to grow in a wide range of soils, they have some resistance to scab and a good resistance to blight.

  • If planted in summer, you can begin to harvest your new potatoes in late autumn to Christmas.

  • Garden care: For summer-planted seed potatoes, skip the chitting process. Instead, directly plant them in well-prepared trenches, spacing them about 30cm (12in) apart. Alternatively, use a potato grow-bag with at least 20cm (8") of compost beneath the potatoes. Add a general-purpose fertilizer at the bottom of the trench or grow-bag, then cover the potatoes with a 20cm layer of soil or compost. Ensure they are well-watered. As the plants reach around 20cm (8in) in height, mound up the soil around the base, covering the lower two-thirds of the plant. Adequate watering enhances crop yield and prevents potato scab. Protect the crop from frost, and expect harvesting in approximately 12 weeks.

    For spring-planting seed potatoes: Upon receiving the potato tubers, promptly unpack them and commence the chitting process. Place them in a seed tray or egg box, without compost, in a well-lit and cool area shielded from frost. Begin chitting approximately six weeks prior to your intended planting date. For early varieties, you can plant them with frost fleece protection, while later varieties should be planted after the harshest frosts have passed in your region (typically mid-March to mid-April). Dig a trench 8-13cm (3-5") deep, adding a general-purpose fertiliser at the trench's bottom. Plant the potato tubers in the trenches, ensuring they are about 30cm (12") apart, with shoots facing upward and being cautious not to damage them. Lightly cover them with soil. Once the plants reach around 20cm (8") in height, mound up the soil around the base, covering the lower two-thirds of the plant. Adequate watering enhances crop yield and prevents potato scab. Harvest in June - July.
  • Humans/Pets: Seed potatoes and plants - Harmful if eaten
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