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Potatoes! Lovely Potatoes! We love potatoes at WYOG and we show that by selling hundreds of seed potatoes every year at Potato Day. But we also have potato resources right here.

You can find out guide to growing potatoes below.

You can find the WYOG potato matrix of what potatoes are best for what cooking method below too.

Look below for our A-Z of potato information, with guidance on what they are good for, what they are resistant and susceptible to as well as a note on flavour. The potatoes are organised into first early, second early, maincrop or heritage varieties.


First Early

First early seed potatoes are planted between February and April and normally harvested in June and July, prior to other varieties. They produce smaller potatoes that can be used new, boiled, steamed or sauteed. 

First and second early potaotes are expensive in the shops and taste better when just been harvested, so many people grow these. They also take up less room and are less prone to potato blight, as they are generally harvested before the disease has taken hold.

Go to the First Early Potato List

Second Early

Second early potatoes take 14-16 weeks to mature. As with first earlies, plant them 30cm apart, in rows 60cm apart, 12cm deep.

Plant: March (with frost protection)
Harvest: July and August

Go to the Second Early Potato List

Maincrop

Go to the Maincrop Potato List

Ambo

Belmonda

Carolus

Desiree

Fortyfold

Foxton

Golden Wonder

Hunter

International Kidney

Kerr's Pink

King Edward

Maris Piper

Mr Little's Yetholm Gypsy

Orla

Paru

Picasso

Pink Gypsy

Purple Majesty

Record

Red Emmalie

Remaka

Robinta

Romano

Rooster

Sárpo Axona

Sárpo Blue Danube

Sárpo Gwyn

Sárpo Kifli

Sárpo Mira

Sárpo Shona

Sárpo Una

Setanta

Vales Sovereign

Valor

Violetta

Heritage Varieties

Go To The Heritage Variety List

Arran Victory

Belle de Fonternay

British Queen

Dunbar Rover

Highland Burgundy Red

Peachbloom

Pink Fir Apple

Red King Edward

Salad Blue

Shetland Black

Trixie

Witchhill

Potato Growing Guide

How to grow your spuds

Early, second early, maincrop  - what‘s all that about then?

There are dozens of different potato varieties, usually described as early, second early and maincrop potatoes. These names indicate when they crop, and how closely and when they can be planted. Concentrate on earlies if you’re short of space, and remember earlies are less likely to have pest problems as they’re lifted earlier in the year. Maincrops take the most space in the garden, but they tend to be the best varieties for storage.

Chitting 

Chitting means encouraging seed potatoes to sprout before planting. Start from late January or early February, about six weeks before planting. Each potato has a more rounded, blunt end that has a number of ‘eyes’. Stand the tubers with the blunt end uppermost in trays or old egg boxes, somewhere cool with plenty of natural light. Potatoes are ready to plant when shoots are 1.5-2.5cm (0.5-1in) long. Leaving two or three chits will tend to give you fewer, larger spuds. Leaving them all will tend to give you a greater number of smaller ones.

Planting 

Plant when the soil has warmed up, usually from mid-March or early April. The earlier you plant the more likely you are to have to cover the leaves overnight to protect from frost. See table for planting distances. Handle chitted tubers carefully, so as not to break the shoots. Cover the potatoes lightly with soil. As soon as shoots appear, earth up plants by covering with a ridge of soil so the shoots are just buried and the leaves poking out. Keep earthing up throughout the season.

Harvesting

Potatoes will be ready for lifting from June until September, depending on varieties and growing conditions. Earlies can be lifted as soon as they’re ready, when above-ground growth is still green, and usually as soon as the flowers open. Second and maincrops can be left until September. Two weeks before you lift, cut the tops off at ground level. This gives the skins time to toughen up, making them less prone to damage from lifting and better for storing.

Potato Cooking Matrix

Find the best potatoes the different cooking methods and then search for more information on each potato in our potato variety lists:

Best Potatoes for Boiling

First Earlies

All first earlies boil well

Second Earlies

Anya
Cosmos
Edzell Blue

Marfona
Maris Peer
Estima

Nadine
Saxon

Kestrel
Wilja

Main Crop

Ambo
Arran Victory
Cara
Celine

Maris Piper
Maxine
Pentland Squire
Picasso

Romano
Sarpo Mira
Stemster
Pink Fir Apple

Desiree
Harmony
King Edward
Kondor

Best Potatoes for Baking

First Earlies

Arran Pilot
Duke of York
Epicure

Red Duke of York
Rocket
Swift

Foremost
Pentland Javelin

Vanessa
Winston

Second Earlies

Cosmos
Edzell Blue
Estima

Maris Peer
Nadine

Kestrel
Marfona

Saxon
Wilja

Main Crop

Ambo
Arran Victory
Cara
Celine

Maris Piper
Maxine
Pentland Squire
Picasso

Desiree
Harmony
King Edward
Kondor

Pink Fir Apple
Romano
Sarpo Mira
Stemster

Best Potatoes for Roasting

First Earlies

Accent

Ulster Chieftain

Swift

 

Second Earlies

Catriona
Cosmos

Mona Lisa
Osprey

Edzell Blue
Kestrel

Wilja

Main Crop

Arran Victory
Cara
Celine
Desiree

Maxine
Picasso
Remarka
Romano

Dunbar Standard
King Edward
Kondor
Maris Piper

Sante
Stemster
Valor

Best Potatoes for Chipping

First Earlies

Accent
International Kidney

Swift

Premiere

Winston

Second Earlies

Kestrel

Saxon

Yukon Gold

Nadine

Main Crop

Cara
Celine
Desiree

King Edward
Majestic
Maris Piper

Dunbar Standard
Golden Wonder
Kerrs Pink

Pentland Dell
Stemster
Valor

Best Potatoes for Mashing

First Earlies

Accent

Winston

Epicure

 

Second Earlies

Cosmos
Kestrel

Nadine
Osprey

Merlin

Wilja

Main Crop

Arran Victory
Desiree
Harmony
Kerrs Pink

Maxine
Pentland Crown
Remarka

King Edward
Majestic
Maris Piper

Sante
Sarpo Mira
Stemster

Best Potatoes for Salads

First Earlies

Amandine
Belle de Fontenay
BF15

International Kidney
Pomfine
Red Duke of York

Cherie
Anoe (Claire)
Duke of York

Rosabelle
Swift
Ulster Chieftain

Second Earlies

Altesse
Anya
Carlingford

Linzer Delikatess
Maris Piper
Nicola

Charlotte
Franceline
Juliette

Roseval
Wilja

Main Crop

Pink Fir Apple

Ratte

Pompadour

Sarpo Mira