First early seed potatoes will be excellent boiled, steamed or sautéed. Plant them between February and April and your crop will be ready to harvest in June and July, just before your second early potatoes.
Second early seed potatoes between March and April for cropping in June and July. Also known as ‘new potatoes’, second early potatoes are delicious served buttered and garnished with a sprig of mint.
Salad type seed potatoes are a delicious addition to any vegetable garden or allotment.
Maincrop seed potatoes between March and early May for harvesting from late August to October. Versatile maincrop potatoes can be mashed, boiled, roasted, baked or made into chips!
Seed Potato Tips
- You do not have to chit the potatoes to get a good crop. However, you might want to chit your potatoes if you notice them beginning to sprout or if you want an earlier harvest date. If you plan to eventually cut them before planting them, chit before cutting them.
- When planting whole seed potatoes or pieces of potatoes, in general, more eyes per piece equals more potatoes. Smaller potatoes with one or two eyes per piece mean fewer potatoes, but they will be larger.
- To further protect your seed potatoes, you can dust them with powdered sulfur right after cutting them. Place the potatoes in a bag, add the sulfur and shake. Then lay the pieces out and let them dry for three to four days.
- If you have to postpone planting because of weather or some other reason, move the seed potatoes to a cooler spot to slow down their growth. Don’t wait too long; the potatoes may start to dehydrate and shrivel.
- On average, one pound of seed potatoes should yield about 10 pounds of edible potatoes. One pound of seed potatoes should plant a 5- to 8-foot row, depending on the variety.
- Potatoes also perform well in grow bags, which is a good alternative if you have issues with voles in the garden. Fill a grow bag halfway with potting mix, plant the seed potatoes, and continue to add more soil to the bag as the potatoes grow. To harvest, spread out a tarp or sheet, and dump the bag. Kids especially enjoy sorting through the bag to find potatoes!