British Queens - Second Early Seed Potatoes - 2kg (Certified Seed)
British Queens are a 'Second Early' seed potato. This hugely popular variety is prized for it's very floury texture and it's reliable large yields at harvest.
- Pack Size - 2kg (Approx 25-30 tubers)
- Potato Type - Second Early
- Shape - Oval
- Skin - Cream/Smooth
- Texture - Very Floury
- Uses - Boiling, Baking, Roasting, Great All-Rounder
Seed Potato - Growing Tips
- Before sowing it is important to 'Chit' the seed potatoes. 'Chitting' is allowing them to sprout before planting, in order to give them a head start.
- To 'Chit' the seed potatoes, spread the seed out in a box or ideally an egg-carton and place in a light cool area. Protect from frost.
- Allow the sprouts to grow to around 2-3cm long prior to planting.
- Planting can take place as soon as the risk of frost has passed in your area. March-May.
- Prepare for planting by digging a trench 12-15cm deep and add fertiliser or manure.
- Place the tubers in the trench 30cm apart with sprouts facing upwards, in rows 60cm apart. Cover with soil being careful not to damage the sprouts.
- As the shoots appear above the ground they should be earthed up with soil to cover the plants. This should continue until you have a ridge of earth up to 15-20cm. This 'Earthing -Up' encourages higher yields, protects from frost and new tubers from sunlight.
- Watering your plants well during the season will improve crop yield and discourage scab.
- Keep an eye out for pests and blight warnings until harvest.
- Harvesting Times -
- First Earlies - June/July
- Second Earlies - July/September
- Maincrop - September/October