Forum home Problem solving

Why do my Charlotte potatoes turn to mush when boiled.

I have grown Charlotte potatoes for the last 2 years in raised beds. On cooking they have just turned to mush . I have tried steaming and the result has been the same. What is the problem.   The raised beds were constructed last year and filled with top soil and compost. I,topped up,n compost this year.  It's very disheartening. Also the plants did not flower.


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    Received wisdom on this says a dry period at the wrong time can cause this, which might match well with your raised beds - I've found it tricky to keep mine watered enough this year.  It also might be worth trying a couple of different varieties next year, as some are more prone than others.  In general, 'waxy' types should be less affected.  By trying lots of varieties for a few years, I eventually found ones which cope with the pests and conditions in my particular garden, as well as tasting good. :)
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • PurplerainPurplerain Posts: 1,053
    I harvested most of my first earlies "rocket" last week and was pleased with them. Some folk think they are bland, but they cook well when boiled. Add butter and mint and they are delicious.

    I grew them in hadopots around March (can't quite remember) and watered every second day or so. The yield wasn't massive but I was pleased enough to do them again next year.

    I did chit some Charlottes, but decided against them, and after your cooking result I don't think I will consider them in the future.
    SW Scotland
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,665
    We had the same problem and decided they need gentle cooking for a short period. I think that's just what Charlotte potatoes do, turn to mush if you overcook them.

    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
Sign In or Register to comment.