Order your seed potatoes now already. We will deliver at the correct time for planting, from the end of February.
|Latin name:||Solanum tuberosum 'Eerstelingen'|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as bulb or tuber|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Growing Height:||10 cm|
|Planting distance:||30 cm|
In March the tubers of Solanum tuberosum ‘Eerstelingen’ can be set in boxes with a little peat or potting soil. Place the boxes in a sunny spot at 10-15˚ C. Cut large potatoes into 3 pieces, each piece must have at least three shoots. The best planting time is early April. Before planting out let the potatoes become acclimatized to the outside. Prepare the soil by working it loose and plant the potatoes in rows. The distance between the rows should be about 70 cm and 30 cm between the potatoes. Protect the young shoots from frost by covering with fleece or a temporary tunnel liner. Fertilise the soil in winter with a mixed organic fertilizer, cow manure pellets or old garden manure. Sprinkle the plant with 45 grams of potassium per square metre. Potatoes can be grown in a spot in full sun or partial shade.
By the beginning of June, it is important not to let the potato tubers turn green, to avoid this, place additional soil around the plant until the plants reach 20 cm high. Mulching, by using straw or black plastic, stops the soil from drying out and prevents weed growth. Give the plants extra water during dry periods
Harvesting the potatoes
Potatoes ‘Eerstelingen’ can be harvested when the flowers are fully open which is an indication that the tubers are swelling. This depends on the weather, but it is usually from late June. Carefully remove soil from the hill, using a grubbing fork with blunt teeth. When the potatoes have been lifted leave them for a few hours to dry off. These early potatoes are less suitable for storing.
Solanum tuberosum ‘Eerstelingen’ has a yellow skin. This variety is the earliest that can be harvested. It is a wonderful table potato, the flavour is extremely good and gives a high yield. The flesh is waxy to floury. The potato originated in South America where it has been eaten for thousands of years. We have been associated with it in Europe since the late 18th century. Nowadays this staple food tuber is number 1 in the Europe cuisine! Potatoes are high in starch, potassium and vitamin C. The small green fruits that can be found between the leaves are highly toxic.