Potato Sharpe's Express (First Early Seed Potato)
One of our best Heritage varieties!
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Botanical Name: Solanum tuberosum
Pack quantity: 1.5kg pack
Item code: 49596
Despatch: From 11th January 2022.
A true heritage potato, having been introduced back in 1901 by Charles Sharpe of Lincolnshire. Over the past year we have spent time sourcing top quality stock of this wonderful variety and ensuring it’s back in our range, early to bulk up and with a superb flavour we will never know why it became so hard to find! Having kidney shaped, white fleshed tubers with a superb traditional flavour, this is one of few more floury early potatoes, boil or steam whole in their skins or try in the oven – the floury flesh lends itself to create the perfect roasted spuds! The more mature gardeners amongst us may remember this variety being the all-time favourite of TV gardener and author Percy Thrower.
A number of the seed potato varieties in our range are classic heritage varieties that have been favourites of ours for many years – some we’ve kept in the range since way back in 1908 when D.T. Brown was first established in 1908!
Some heritage varieties have been steadily gaining in popularity with our customers in recent years – and we believe there are good reasons for them making such a comeback or remaining so popular. Heritage varieties have unbeatable flavours and reliability of course….and many gardeners like the fact that there’s a story behind the varieties they grow.
Potatoes are one of the most rewarding vegetables to grow. There’s the nurturing process of chitting, planting and earthing-up, the anticipation of a good harvest as you dig through the soil and, of course, the unbeatable taste of fresh, home-grown, potatoes.
All potatoes (except for maincrops) will benefit from ‘chitting’ prior to planting out. The chitting process encourages the seed to sprout, which then when planted, helps them to establish more readily, leading to bigger crops. Simply place them, blunt end up, in an old egg box until the shoots are approximately 1½ to 2½cm (½ to 1in).
Potatoes are delivered in 1.5kg bags, each pack containing approx. 15-20 tubers.