Desiree Seed Potatoes are a popular red suitable for mashing, roasting and baking.
A late cropping potato, Desiree Seed Potatoes can be harvested from September to October to yield red skinned potatoes with a soft yellow flesh inside. They are drought tolerant in warm weather and hold good disease resistance during the growing season.
- Ideal for mashing, roasting and making chips
- British grown Seed Potatoes
- Awarded an RHS Award of Garden Merit
We recommend planting Main Crop potato tubers, such as Desiree, outside between March and April, 10cm deep and 20cm apart in a line. Leave at least 30cm between lines to allow growing space.
Prior to planting, encourage Seed Potatoes to sprout by placing them on a cool, bright windowsill for 4-6 weeks. This process is known as ‘chitting’ and will help prepare the potato tuber for going in the ground.
Once planted, ‘earth up’ the potatoes by drawing the soil up around new shoots to protect them from frost damage and prolong the growing time. Earthing up also protects developing potatoes from sunlight which causes them to turn green and poisonous. Keep potatoes well watered during warm weather.
Main Crop Seed Potatoes require a much longer growing time in the ground and would benefit from an added fertiliser during the Summer months.
When ready to harvest, cut back haulms (plant stalks) to ground level before gently lifting the plant up with a garden fork.
Carefully remove the potatoes from the plant and wash well before use in the kitchen.