Albert Bartlett 'Vivaldi' Second Early Seed Potatoes have become well known for their production of a high potato yield when they harvest. Each potato bears light yellow skin, a velvety texture and a lovely taste when used in salads to serve with main dishes. This firm, multi-purpose variety will also hold their shape whether they are hot or cold. Plant them in March and harvest from July - August. Place them in a sheltered plot of the garden in moist, well-drained soil. If space is limited, growing them in potato bags is also suitable.
Second early varieties are chitted between 2-6 weeks before planting. Keep the rounded, blunt end of the seed potato facing upwards and under full sun. Once the shoots are around 3cm long (1 inch), move them into their final position - the ground or in potato bags. Plant them in a sunny spot as they're susceptible to frost damage so some organic mulch is advised. As they grow, mound the soil around the tubers or cover them with a layer of black polythene to keep them protected from frost. Water regularly.
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