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GardenersDream Maris Peer - Seed Potatoes (Second Earlies)

  • £11.99
  • RRP £13.99
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  • Supplied as: 2.5kg bag of seeding potatoes
  • Characteristics: Second early variety of seed potatoes producing smaller, uniform shaped tubers with smooth, cream-yellow flesh. Excellent flavour and firm texture perfect for baking.
  • Growing Period: Usually planted from mid-March to April depending on weather. Second early varieties mature in around 4 – 5 months from planting to be harvested in Summer around August.
  • Planting Instructions: Chitting before planting is advised until sprout is about 3cm long. Plant in potato bags or in the ground. Draw soil over or cover the stems and tubers to avoid frost and light damage and help development.
  • Care & maintenance: Plant in a sunny position in fertile soil and water regularly. Susceptible to frost damage so protection is advised via organic mulching and trenching. Good disease resistance but beware of blight damage.

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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