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King Edward Potato Seed

King Edward is an oval shaped floury variety. This makes King Edward a great variety for smooth creamy mash and light fluffy roast potatoes and even chips. King Edward is a traditional maincrop variety and has a white skin with very distinctive pink colouration which makes it an easy potato to identify. It has a creamy coloured flesh and a good flavour, it produces white tuber with red patches.  and is widely available. Probably England's best known potato. Some say King Edward is still the best roaster ever.!

Main culinary uses are Roasting and chipping.

Pack of 1kg potato tubers

  • enough for a 12ft row,

 

King Edward Potato Seed Grow Notes
When to Plant Seed Potatoes: April / May - Best sown direct outside
Cooking Comments: Moderately firm. Excellent flavour and texture, King Edward is suitable for a wide range of uses.
Maturity: Main crop Cover: Yes
Blight Resistance: Low Frost Hardy: No
Scab Resistance: High Eelworm (PCN) Resistance: Susceptible
Spacing Between Plants: 30cm Row Spacing: 60cm
Plant Height: 70cm Planting Position: Sun
Yearly Average Bag Counts
Count per bag depends on the previous growing season and size of the tuber grade out, below we list the average number across a count of 10 bags of this variety.
2022: TBC    

How To Grow King Edward Potatoes

Soil preparation for maincrop seed potatoes

Cara Seed Potatoes - The Allotment Choice.Prepare the soil for maincrop potato beds during November or December in the year prior to growing crops. Incorporate generous amounts of organic matter or well-rotted manure, which will help improve soil structure, retain moisture and to add vital nutrients to the soil. Light sandy soils and heavy clay soils may require additional compost to aid drainage, which is very important for the successful growing of potatoes.

Order or buy your maincrop seed potatoes in late February or early March so that you have them ready to plant in April when favourable conditions allow. 

All potatoes prefer an open sunny position and it’s always advisable not to plant seed potatoes in ground that has been previously used to grow potatoes for 2 years or more. Good practice is to rotate crops each year to help reduce the possibility of spreading disease.

Maincrop seed potatoes will benefit from chitting, which is the process of placing the sets in a light, cool place prior to planting. This will encourage the growth of new shoots, giving the tubers a safe head start.

Planting maincrop seed potatoes in beds

Planting is best carried out on a dry day in April, ensuring any frost has first lifted from the soil. Lightly rake the prepared beds, in which the potato crop will be grown, so that you have a manageable tilth. Next, using a spade, dig a straight and even trench approximately 10cm deep and then place the seed potatoes at a distance of 45cm apart. If growing more than one row, space each row at around 75cm apart. Each seed potato has a rose end, which usually has the most shoots, and this end should be facing upwards. Cover the seed potatoes with soil and lightly firm down with the foot or back of the spade.

A sprinkling of potato fertiliser can then be spread over the top of the soil and water applied. If frosts are prevalent, do not over water as this could cause damage should the water later freeze. Also to prevent damage to the emerging shoots, it is recommended you cover the planted trenches with cloches until the new shoots appear. Regular watering during dry spells will ensure the young tubers swell and stay firm and healthy.

Cara Potatoes, Lift in the AutumnGeneral aftercare

General aftercare consists of regular watering, especially during dry periods. Maincrop potatoes need quite a lot of water so it’s important the plants are not allowed to dry out.

As the young shoots grow you should “earth up” the potato stems to protect them from frosts and to ensure the new younger potatoes, nearest the surface are not exposed to light. If they are exposed to light they will begin to go green, making the potatoes inedible.  

During the growing season additional fertiliser can be applied every 2-3 weeks to ensure plants obtain sufficient nutrients to keep them growing strong and healthy.

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Customer Reviews
King Edward Potato Seed
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3 Reviews:

A real winner
Rating:
05 January 2015  |  Brian

I grew King Edward for the first time last year and had a great crop, they beat Maris Piper and Desiree


Excellent cooking and taste qualities.
Rating:
05 February 2013  |  Vitor

I have been growing this variety for three years, and every time i get a decent crop and good size potato.


A good taste but not the best of years!!
Rating:
29 December 2012  |  Kate

This was our first attempt at growing this variety and we were very pleased with the taste of the small harvest we did manage to gather. However the ridiculous amount of rain this year really affected the crop and some, too near surface, became mouldy due to the boggy ground. Didn't put us off though and will try again in 2013.