Rich, mellow flavour and firmness even after boiling or baking make the ‘Maris Peer’ variety a well-known breed of second early potato. The seed tubers may also be left in the ground a little while longer than other varieties, staying in the ground as late as October without issue. The potatoes themselves are slightly smaller than average, though yield is very uniform, and the colour remains bright cream-yellow even after cooking. ‘Maris Peer’ also produces small, scented purple flowers making it a great option for patio container planting.
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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