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Picasso Potato Seed.

Picasso is a modern disease resistant that produces round to oval tubers with white smooth skins and pink eyes. This is now a popular potato seed variety for allotment growers due to its high disease resistance. With Cara as one of its parents it has a great range of uses in the kitchen. Picasso produces huge yields and the tubers keep well

 

Pack of 1kg potato tubers

  • enough for a 12ft row,

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Picasso Potato Seed Grow Notes
When to Plant Seed Potatoes: April / May - Best sown direct outside
Cooking Comments: Mild flavour and good firm texture, suitable for a wide range of uses.
Maturity: Main crop Cover: Yes
Blight Resistance: Moderate Frost Hardy: No
Scab Resistance: High Eelworm (PCN) Resistance: Resistant
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 Picasso 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
Picasso Potato Seed
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5 Reviews:

Tried & tested
Rating:
17 January 2016  |  Christine

In 8 yrs of having the allotment, I find Picasso best performer, keeper and for flavour & versatility.
Keep up the good work, Simply Seeds


My favourite main crop
Rating:
27 December 2015  |  Peter

I've grown this variety for a number of years. They have excellent flavour & some of the tubers are quite large & suitable for baking.


Must Have Potato
Rating:
28 December 2014  |  Bryan

Have been growing potatoes for 25yrs and Picasso has to be the best buy yet.
Top class service from Simply Seed as well.


Brilliant potato
Rating:
03 September 2013  |  Caroline

We have just harvested our potatoes and the picasso produced the biggest yield and largest potatoes, we could not believe how many we had, almost twice as many as the other varieties we grew.


picasso
Rating:
09 December 2012  |  Derek

This potato is fantastic! Its production is huge, its tubers are huge. The only problem I have had was that it fell to the dreaded blight last season. But so did the rest of my crop. Try it !