Benefits of seed potatoes
The only way to savour the superb tastes and textures of new potatoes is when you dig, prepare and cook them, all in the space of an hour or two – and the only real way to do this is to grow your own! Later in the year it’sso rewarding to bake, roast or mash potatoes harvested from your own garden; and you can choose the varieties that crop well and taste the best.
Potato Growing Tips
Immediately upon arrival, unpack your seed potatoes and keep them in trays in a light, airy, frost-free place to sprout prior to planting from February to early May depending on variety.
IN THE GROUND
|Planting||Depth||Spacing in Row ||Width between rows |
|First Earlies ||10cm (4") ||30cm (12") ||60-70cm (24-28") |
|Second Earlies ||10cm (4") ||30-40cm (12-16") ||70-75cm (28-30") |
|Maincrop||10cm (4") ||40-45cm (16-18") ||70-75cm (28-30" ) |
- The first shoots should emerge from the ridges after 3–4 weeks. The row should be ridged up again to cover the shoots. Harvest when the flowers open or the buds drop.
- To plant draw out a shallow trench 10-15cm (4–6in) deep and space the potatoes 30–40cm (12–16in) apart. Draw the soil over the seed potatoes using a rake or hoe to cover and form ridges over the rows. Provided soil is moist watering should not be necessary at this stage.
- Soil should be well-worked and rich in humus (farm yard manure or garden compost).
- Earth up two to three times as the top grows, to avoid green tubers.
- Feed with a balanced fertiliser and always water well during dry weather.
IN PATIO CONTAINERS/GROW BAGS
- Try Charlotte, Maris Peer and Vivaldi or most early varieties.
- We recommend one or two tubers to a 20 litre pot, or 3 in our buckets/bags.
- In grow bags, reduce length by a third to give more depth and plant 3 tubers to a bag.
- Keep well watered. If any potatoes come to the surface, cover with more compost or black plastic to prevent the tubers turning green.
Suttons have been supplying the best potato varieties for over 25 years. We also grow them in our own gardens and allotments just like our customers so
you can rely on us to know our potatoes! We are constantly on the look out for interesting new varieties and regularly visit top breeders and growers to gather material for our trials.
Quality control – following inspection our seed potatoes receive a certification number (see bag label). They are size graded within riddle size 35mm x 60mm to achieve the ideal size, although shape will vary due to season and variety. A final visual examination takes place prior to packing. Note: a 1kg pack of a typical variety should contain over 10 tubers.
- Boiled potatoes have the 2nd highest concentration of folic acid after bread. Baked in its skin, an average sized spud contains over 30% of the Recommended Daily Allowance.
- Potatoes contain no cholesterol.
- Potatoes provide approx 15% of Britain's Vitamin C intake. Rice and pasta provide none whatever.
- The British Nutrition Foundation says that one of the keys to healthy weight-loss is to eat 'more carbohydrate-rich foods such as potatoes'.
- Potatoes are 72-75% water, 16-20% carbohydrate, 2-2.5% protein, 0.15% fatty acids, 1-1.8% dietary fibre.
- Potatoes actually top bananas in potassium content: a medium banana contains roughly 450 mg, while a medium baked potato or 20 French fries contains 750 mg.
- One medium potato supplies, on average, 30 mg vitamin C, nearly as much as in a glass of tomato juice and 1.5 mg iron, which is around the same amount as in an egg.
- The potato is now a staple food for two thirds of the World's population.
- An acre of land planted with potatoes produces four times as much food as the same plot planted with corn and is much easier to harvest and prepare.
- Potatoes are the world's leading non-grain food crop.
- Britain produces six million tonnes of potatoes a year involving 3,400 commercial growers.
Order Despatch: Potatoes are sent separately, in specially secure cartons, and will be despatched promptly, weather permitting. Please note that we monitor weather conditions daily during critical periods and do not despatch when frosty periods are forecast.