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tomhumftomhumf Killamarsh, NE Derbyshire, UKPosts: 61
I lost the labels for my pots, they are Desiree and nadine. The top lot are slightly darker, would you think those are the Desiree? Thanks 🙏

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,155
    Desiree are red skinned and nadine are white, so yes, I think the top ones are desiree. Try wetting one and see what colour the skin is under the dirt.
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  • tomhumftomhumf Killamarsh, NE Derbyshire, UKPosts: 61
    Ok thanks, I tried that - see wet ones on left side but they both just look kinda brown. Maybe the seeds aren't red?
  • SkandiSkandi Northern DenmarkPosts: 1,508
    I think the bottom one is desiree, but just cut one you'll see what colour the skin is that way. Take one of the big ones cut it in 2 make sure there's an eye on both halves and you can still plant it.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,268
    edited 7 April
    I agree with @Skandi ... The wet one in the top tray doesn't look like Desirée to me.
    Seed potatoes are just potatoes grown in virus-free conditions.  They'll look the same as any other of the same variety. 
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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,155
    I missed the wet ones. I think Skandi is right.
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  • tomhumftomhumf Killamarsh, NE Derbyshire, UKPosts: 61
    Hmm. They both look same to me, no red? Maybe there was a mix up with my order, one of the pots arrived in a open bag like they had spilt it between orders, maybe they got mixed up there. It's mainly to know how many to put in these buckets. I was going to do 2 Desiree - indeterminate, or 4 Nadine - determinate. Just compost no fertilizer probably. I want big pots so maybe just 2 in a bucket, alternating types ? 



  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,625
    Neither of the cut ones look like Desiree to me :(.
    By the way, you can still plant the cut pieces as long as they have eyes/sprouts.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,039
    And you will need some fertiliser or added well-rotted manure or garden compost.   Planting compost on its own hasn't enough oomph and what it does have only lasts 90 days max so they'll need extra feed to grow a good crop.
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  • Penny_ForthemPenny_Forthem North WalesPosts: 258
    I'd send photos to the suppliers and ask them to identify them
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