- Variety: Cara, Main Crop
- Certified seed potatoes, free from disease
- Smooth skinned and shallow eyes, pleasant and easy to handle in kitchen
- They do well in drought and dry soil conditions, ideal for allotments
- Can be stored after harvest for use at a later date
Cara potatoes are a favourite in the kitchen due to the pleasant smooth pink tinted skin and the shallow eyes, making them very easily to handle and prepare. They have a moist, floury flesh making them ideal for those autumn warming dishes. They are considered easy to grow and can do very well in dry soil conditions. They have an excellent level of eelworm and blight resistance. They are a firm favourite among allotment planters as they don't need constant attention. After harvest they store very well, allowing growers to enjoy ground to plate goodness well into the winter.
In order to yield the best results from your seed potatoes, it is recommended that you chit them before planting. This allows for the development of strong sprouts. It is not considered an essential step but it is highly recommended among experts especially for earlies. To chit potatoes, just place them, barely touching in a seed tray or a similar segmented tray with the rose end facing upwards. The rose is the end where the majority of the eyes occur on the potato. It is in the eyes, where the chits will form. Place the trays in a cool light area with temperatures averaging in and around 7°C. The aim of this chitting is to encourage the development of strong dark purple and green shoots. If the shoots are developing into long white thin string like shoots it may be a sign they are getting too much heat and not enough light.
Potatoes do well in most soil types however they are best suited to well-drained and loamy soil that is not too heavy and dense. The soil should be deep and have good quality compost mixed into it. Ideally the plot should be cleared and dug the previous autumn/winter, this allows winter frost to break down any dense soil structure leaving the soil in optimal condition for spring sowing. They should be placed approximately 30cm apart and 10cm deep, with the rows at 2ft apart. When the shoots break the soil surface it is then time to earth up the rows. This is the process of covering the shoots with soil taken from around the shoots and creating a peaked ridge over the shoots. This covering of the shoots protects them from late seasonal frosts. Continue to repeat this process until ridges are no higher than 20cm. Maincrop potaotes on average are ready for harvest approximately 18 - 20 weeks after sowing.
|WEIGHT :||5.000 KG|