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Charlotte Seed Potatoes

Charlotte is now the most popular salad potato in the UK and produces excellent crops of shallow-eyed, long-oval tubers. The tubers will grow 50% bigger than other salad varieties if allowed, and have a firm yellow waxy flesh that make it a superb salad potato.

Cooking qualities are excellent and the potatoes are full of flavour and delicious hot or cold.

The plant is of medium height and ideal for container or bag growing.

Charlotte is a popular variety for planting in July / August and harvesting before Christmas and is a Winner of the RHS award of garden merit.

 

Pack of 1kg potato tubers

  • enough for a 12ft row,
  • or 3-4 potato planters.

Charlotte Potato Seed Grow Notes
When to Plant Seed Potatoes: April / May - Best sown direct outside
Cooking Comments: A salad potato, that is ideal for so much more than just salads. Stays firm when cooked and can be sauted and even roasted in its skin.
Maturity: Second Early Cover: Yes
Blight Resistance: Usually harvested before blight hits. Frost Hardy: No
Scab Resistance: Average Eelworm (PCN) Resistance: N / A
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.
2023: TBC    

How To Grow Charlotte Potatoes

Soil preparation for second early seed potatoes

Charlotte Seed Potatoes - The most popular variety for salad potatoes.Prepare the soil for open ground beds in November or December in the year prior to growing second early potato crops. Incorporate plenty of organic matter to improve soil structure, moisture retention and to add essential nutrients to the soil. On heavy clay soils and light sandy soils ensure ample amounts of organic matter or well-rotted manure is added to help improve soil quality and aid drainage.

Buy or order your second early seed potatoes in January or February so that you have them ready to plant in April when conditions allow.  

An open sunny position is best for all types of potatoes and it’s advisable not to plant seed potatoes in ground that has previously been used to grow potatoes for 2 years or longer. Rotating crops each year will help reduce the possibility of disease.

The same applies to soil, in which second early potatoes have been grown in containers. For best results use fresh soil each time. Second early seed potatoes will benefit from chitting, which is the process of placing the potatoes in a light, cool place prior to planting, so that new shoots are encouraged to sprout.

Planting second early seed potatoes in beds

Choose a dry day during mid to late April and ensure any frost has lifted from the soil. Lightly rake the soil, in which the potato crop will be grown, into a manageable fine tilth. Using a spade, dig a trench approximately 10cm deep and then place the seed potatoes at a distance of 37cm apart and 75cm between rows. Ensure the potatoes have the rose end, which usually has the most shoots, facing upwards. Finally, cover the seed potatoes with soil and lightly firm.

A light sprinkling of potato fertiliser can be spread over the top of the soil and water applied sparingly. Frosts can severely damage the emerging potato shoots so covering the planted trenches with polythene cloches is highly recommended during the first few weeks. Keep the young plants well watered during dry spells.

Growing second early seed potatoes in containers

Second early potatoes can be successfully grown in large containers with a capacity of at least 30 litres. Containers can be wooden, plastic, clay or metal as long as adequate drainage holes are present so that excess water can drain away freely. If containers are allowed to become water-logged, the potatoes will be damaged by rot and will become useless.

Fill containers to around two thirds capacity and then plant the seed potatoes with the rose end facing upwards. Cover the seed potatoes with 100cm of soil and press down the soil firmly. Potato fertiliser can be sprinkled over the top and a light watering may be required if the soil is particularly dry. It is advisable to cover the container with clear polythene until the green shoots appear. When the shoots are about 75cm high remove the polythene cover and water the plants. Containers can dry out very quickly, especially in warmer weather so ensure plants are kept well watered at all times.

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Customer Reviews
Charlotte Potato Seed
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10 Reviews:

Charlotte Second Earlies
Rating:
24 January 2022  |  Derek

I've had these before from Simply Seed. They're included in my latest order received at the weekend. They're great, clean quality seed potatoesalready chitting and I'm confident they will be as tasty as in previous years.


Charlotte
Rating:
01 January 2016  |  Simon

These are the best salad potato around and the added bonus is they store well we are still eating them in January


The Best
Rating:
05 January 2015  |  Brian

Charlotte are the best salad potato for taste and are so easy to grow. I never get a problem growing them and the keep well.


Excellent salad spuds
Rating:
16 November 2014  |  John

Produced a good crop this year and only just finished eating them. Unlike my Maris Piperís these didnít suffer from scab or the devastation caused by slugs. Will definitely be growing them again next year.


Charlotte potatoes
Rating:
20 December 2013  |  Dyfed

Grew this variety for the last 2 years and they give a good crop of reasonable size tubers and have a lovely flavour

Am very happy and will grow them every year.


brilliant
Rating:
22 August 2013  |  Caroline

We too found they stored really well, better than all the other varieties we grew, and were still eating them when we started digging up the first earlies, I was amazed how the flavour developed with keeping.


Stores well
Rating:
21 April 2013  |  Elly

We grew these last year . We washed them and lay them out to dry before storing them in a sack under the stairs. We finished them off in March. They only needed cutting into the required size and popping into a pan, and they tasted great to the very end.


Charlotte potatoes
Rating:
28 February 2013  |  Anna

Lovely flavour & texture, I enjoyed them as salad potatoes then left them in the ground and roasted them- delicious


the best
Rating:
09 January 2013  |  Ashley

grew this variety last year with very good results great yield great taste would recommend to any gardener.


The best
Rating:
01 January 2013  |  Steve

The best salad potato we have ever grown, we grow them year after year and they never let us down, superior yield and superior taste. A must for the garden everytime