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A First Early Seed Potato ideal for an early season crop. 2kg bag contains 16-28 tubers.
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Swift Seed Potatoes are one of the quickest growing varieties of seed potato, producing considerable crops of white skinned oval tubers with a creamy, waxy flesh that has a delicate, sweet flavour.
They are ideal for growing in pots & containers or under cover due to their short, bushy foliage.
These small new potatoes are ideal for summer kitchen dishes and can excel when used for boiling, steaming, salads and sautéing.
Plant First Early planting potatoes, such as Swift, from March onwards. Plant 10cm deep and 20cm apart in a line, making sure to leave at least 30cm between lines to allow growing space.
Before 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.
When ready to harvest, 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 use in the kitchen.
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