Potato Growing Guide – Varieties

Grow your Own Potatoes - Quadgrow Root Veg PlanterIt’s the time of year for chitting out potatoes, ready to start planting them into your Quadgrow Root Veg Planter in late February to mid-March, however the most difficult part of growing potatoes is selecting which varieties of potato you will grow!

Our Gardening Angels love a good spud, so to help you make the most of your Quadgrow Root Veg Planter, we’ve picked out a few of our favourite potatoes that you can grow at home.

Potatoes come in many varieties which fall into two main categories; Earlies and Main Crop. Earlies are full of flavour and best eaten soon after harvesting, whilst Main Crops are best left longer to grown larger.

First Earlies: Pentland Javlin, Rocket and Home Guard

-          First earlies take around 10 weeks to grow

-          Best planted late February in frost free areas, otherwise wait until early march

Second Earlies: Maris Peer, Wilja

-          Second Earlies will take around 16 weeks to grow

-          Best planted throughout March

Main Crop: Sante, Maxine, Desiree, rooster

-          Main Crops will take around 18 weeks to grow.

-          Best planted in early April

Late crop in time for Christmas: Charlotte, Vivaldi and Maris Piper

-          Late Crop Potatoes can be planted later in the year and will take around 18 weeks to grow.

If you’re growing a late crop of potatoes, they will need protecting from frosts in the winter. Either move your Quadgrow Root Veg Planter to a greenhouse or cover the containers with frost protection fleece and put them in a sheltered spot away from the worst frosts.

If you are looking for more information on how to grow your own potatoes, which potatoes to grow or have a general gardening query, please feel free to get in touch with out Gardening Angels on 0845 602 3774 or drop us an email on info@greenhousesensation.co.uk. We’re always happy to help out fellow spud lovers!