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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