Hi all can anybody recomend spuds for next year iv just received Kings catalogue and not grown spuds before iv got theperfect spud selector on the pc but always try for recoms,that more experienced have done so any help on first earlie salad spuds second earlies and main for roasting if that makes sence  hopefully image

Alan4711 cheers


  • jean6jean6 Posts: 157

    sometimes its easier to go on a site & order as you get idea what type of pots are good for boiling/roasting etc..there are descriptions... this year I had arran but poor crop & went to mush when boiled ...desiree were not much better... am going to go for a whites for next year... image

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    4711, May I recommend you take a trip up to Newcastle Emlyn in Jan/Feb to the Garden Centre where they will have up to 90 varieties in stock and an expert on hand for advice.  You will be able to buy potatoes singly out of sacks if that is what you wish, or in larger quantities.

  • I grow every year:-

    First early   ' Sharpes Express'  

    Second early 'Charlotte' and 'Kestrel'(can also be left as a maincrop and makes good Jackets)

    Early Main 'Juliette'

    Maincrop 'King Edward' (multi purpose but makes good roast and chips)

    And then always try one or two other first earlies,but have not found any to beat Sharpes for flavour.

    It could be said that everyone likes something to their own taste,this selection it to our taste, and that certain soil types grow certain varieties better than others.

    As stated above try find just a few of a few varieties and see what suits you best.

  • jean6jean6 Posts: 157

    cheers for that.. I love charlotte..will look at all names I get as do want to land up from main crop with a good boiler...image

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,569

    many thanks Alan4711

  • Hi 4771, I normally grown Kestrel as a second early which do very well and Cara as a maincrop which roast beautifully. Always seem to get a good crop with Cara and this year was no exception. Not necessarily huge quatities of potatoes per plant but really big potatoes and yummy yummy yummy. Once you find some you like, plant those as your staple but then choose another variety as a test, that way you get a crop of those you know you like and who knows you could be surprised and find other varieties to your taste.

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