Potato - early maincrop Scottish basic seed potato

Potato 'King Edward'

Potato - early maincrop Scottish basic seed potato - Potato  'King Edward'

Common Name: Potato - early maincrop Scottish basic seed potato
Genus: Potato
Cultivar: 'King Edward'

Category: Fruit & Vegetables
Growth Rate: Fast growing

Height: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained


  • Hardiness: protect tubers from frost

    Probably the most famous potato on the market, this early maincrop cooks well and tastes delicious. It also produces a high number of tubers per plant. It has good resistance to common scab, powdery scab, spraing mild mosaic virus, slugs and bruising. A firm favourite which has creamy-white flesh that rarely discolours on cooking, it is perfect for roasting and general kitchen use.

  • Garden care: As soon as the potato tubers have been delivered you should unpack them and start the chitting (sprouting) process. Place them in a single layer in a seed tray without compost and leave in a light cool area protected from frost. This can be started about six weeks before you intend to plant them. Early varieties can be planted out under frost fleece protection but the later varieties should be planted after the worst frosts have passed in your area - this is generally mid March to mid April. Dig a trench 8 - 13cm (3 - 5in) deep adding a general purpose fertiliser to the bottom of the trench. Plant the potato tubers in the trenches about 30cm (12in) apart, being careful not to knock the shoots off the tubers and keeping the shoots facing upwards. Then lightly cover with soil. As the plants get to around 20cm (8in) tall you need to bank up the soil around the plant so the soil covers the bottom two thirds of the plant. Watering your plants well will help improve crop yield and discourage potato scab.