A versatile species of late second early variety that could almost be considered a maincrop. The ‘Estima’ variety is most popular when used for baking due to its smooth flesh and texture. It is more drought tolerant than most other types and produces a reliable yield of fewer but larger tubers. A great option for mashing due to its more subtle 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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