A red-skinned, heavy cropping variety of potato, the Desiree is a versatile spud that does best when used in roasting or made into chips. Tolerant of drought and resistant to potato virus Y and powdery scab, you will be sure to have a large harvest to keep you sustained through autumn. Plant in late April for a crop ready for harvesting by August.
Content: 2kg of seeding potatoes of various sizing, brown paper packaging
Planting variety: maincrop
Before planting: Be sure to chit your potatoes, leaving them in open air to allow sprouts to grow from the eyes, which are positioned on the blunter end of the potato. Stand the potatoes with the eyes facing up in natural light and plant out when chutes are 1.5-2.5cm in length.
Plant: Plant out once the soil has started to warm up, from March onwards. Plant between 7.5-13cm deep in a trench with a sprinkling of fertiliser and spaced 30cm apart with 40-50cm between rows. Ensure that the potatoes are planted with the chutes pointing upwards. As shoots appear, cover them with a ridge of soil so that a mound of 15cm is present around each plant by the end of the season.