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First Early Potatoes

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First Early Potatoes

Potatoes are classified according to the length of time they take to mature, but this can be influenced by weather. First early seed potatoes mature in 60-110 days. Planted towards the end of March, they are ready for lifting from late June or early July. They can be planted from mid-March onwards as a rough guide dependent on weather.

Compared to main crop potatoes, first and second earlies are lower yielding, usually have smaller tubers, need less space and escape some of the diseases, such as blight.

First Earlies are generally eaten as soon as harvested – enjoyed as ‘new potatoes’ – while main crop cultivars can either be used fresh from the ground or stored for winter use in hessian sacks.

Please see the varieties we have available below:

  • Arran Pilot
  • Casablanca
  • Epicure
  • Foremost
  • Home Guard
  • International Kidney (Jersey Royal)
  • Lady Christl
  • Maris Bard
  • Pentland Javelin
  • Premiere
  • Red Duke Of York
  • Rocket
  • Sharpes Express
  • Swift
  • Winston

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