One of the most popular early varieties of potatoes commonly used as part of salads. The Charlotte variety is one of the larger species of second earlies and boasts a better disease resistance than most others, making it the go-to type for novice or beginner gardeners. The yield is regular, providing bright yellow tubers with firm, waxy skin which makes them perfect for either hot or cold serving. Can be used in salads, boiled or roasted and will still maintain firmness and full flavour.
Seed potatoes are generally chitted before planting. Anywhere between 2 – 6 weeks before planting is generally the timeframe. Keep the rounded, blunt end of the seed potato facing upwards and under full sun. once the shoots are around 3cm long (1 inch) they can then be moved into their final position in the ground or in potato bags.
Plant in a position with full sun and moist, fertile soil. Susceptible to frost damage so some organic mulch is advised. Mound the soil around the tubers and stems or cover them with a layer of black polythene as they grow to keep them healthy and protected from frost. Water regularly.
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