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‘Picasso’ is an award-winning, Main Crop allotment favourite, producing white-skinned tubers that are blight and drought resistant. 2kg bag contains 16-28 tubers.
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Picasso is a magnificent, allotment favourite, garden potato variety that is blight and drought resistant, high yielding, has fragrant flowers and is very easy for beginners to grow.
It produces pink-eyed, oval, white skinned tubers with a creamy, waxy but floury flesh that is full of flavour. These seed potatoes are great all rounders, store extremely well and are ideal for mashing, boiling and jackets.
Plant Main Crop potato tubers outside between March and April, 10cm deep and 20cm apart in a line, making sure to leave at least 30cm between lines to allow space to grow.
Prior to planting, Seed Potatoes should go through the process of ‘chitting’. This process involves leaving the potatoes on a cool, bright windowsill for 4-6 weeks in order to encourage sprouts and prepare the tubers for going into the ground.
After planting, draw up soil around the new shoots to protect them from frost damage and prolong the growing time. ‘Earthing up’ in this way also protects developing potatoes from sunlight which can cause 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, approximately 16-22 weeks after planting, cut back 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 using in the kitchen.
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