Seed Potatoes in stock Wexford

Seed Potatoes Wexford How to Plant

Seed Potatoes at Beechdale Garden Centre Wexford

Time to start planning your Potatoe crop for the year ahead. Here at Beechdale Garden Centre we have 16 varieties in store with First Earlies, Second Earlies and Main Crop Potatoes to choose from including:

First Earlies – Plant End March, Harvest June-July

  • Colleen
  • Accord
  • Duke of York
  • Sharpe’s Express
  • Red Duke Of York

Second Earlies – Plant Mid April, Harvest July – August

  • British Queen
  • Carlingford

Main Crop – Plant Mid – Late April, harvest August – September

  • Arran Victory,
  • Sarpo Blue Danube (Blight Resistant)
  • Sarpo Axona (Blight Resistant)
  • Sapo Mira (Blight Resistant)
  • Golden Wonder
  • Cara (Blight Resistant)
  • King Edward
  • Kerrs Pinks
  • Maris Piper

Storage / Chitting Potatoes:

Remove potatoes from all packaging and place them nose end up (where most eyes appear) into either egg boxes or wooden trays containing 2.5cm ( 1″) of dry soil or compost. Store them in a light, frost-free room until several shoots (chits) appear. If there is a danger of frost, cover them lightly with dry compost and fleece for protection. When the shoots (chits) are about 2.5cm (1″) long the potatoes are then ready for planting.

Planting Potatoes:

Potatoes can be planted in any type of soil but should not be planted where they have already been grown within the last two years.  Before planting dig the soil well adding compost and a general fertiliser. Plant the potatoes in a narrow trench 12.5cm (5″) deep in a sunny spot away from frost pockets.

Cultivating Potatoes:

When the stems have reached a height of 22.5cm ( 9″) high it is time for ‘earthing up’. Remove any weeds and break up the soil between the rows with a fork. Pile up the loose soil against the stems using a draw hoe to produce a flat top ridge of about 15cm (6″) high. In dry weather water liberally especially when the tubers have started to form. Protect early varieties from the late night frosts by ‘earthing up’ the soil around the shoots or covering with fleece.

Harvesting Potatoes:

Carefully remove the soil from a small part of the ridge and if the ‘New Potatoes’ are about the size of ‘hens eggs’ they are ready for harvesting. Early varieties are ready for harvesting when the flower opens or the bud drops. Remove ALL tubers from the soil after harvesting to prevent pests and diseases.

Here’s a great traditional Irish recipe for Potatoes – the well known Boxty!

“Boxty is a traditional Irish dish made of potatoes. An old Irish rhyme goes: ‘Boxty on the griddle, boxty on the pan; if you can’t make boxty, you’ll never get a man’.” :O