This variety is over 100 years old and still highly prized for its yield, shape, floury texture and delicious flavour. The oval, white skinned, floury-fleshed tubers make excellent general purpose potatoes and are particularly good for boiling, roasting and chips.
Plant second early potato crops from March. Prior to planting, 'chit' the seed potatoes by setting them out in a cool, bright position (10C) to allow them to sprout. Choose a sunny spot (avoid frost pockets) and dig to break down the soil, removing any clods. Dig a trench in the soil 15cm deep by 15cm wide before laying out the seed pottaoes with the shoots facing upwards. Position the seed potatoes 25-3ocm apart allowing 60cm between each row and cover over with the excess soil. First shoots should appear within a few weeks.
Once the first shoots begin to show cover with a new layer of soil to protect the crop. Once shoots are 5cm tall, cover the shoots with more soil to block out any light; this process is called ‘earthling up’. Repeat this process twice. Water the soil around the plants especially once foliage has formed.