Blue Belle seed potatoes are full of promise for the keen exhibition grower with strong colour in the eyes; a real challenger to Kestrel as a showbench potato. These will soon become one of your 'bankers' to grow in your garden every year.
Very high resistance to both splitting and potato virus Y, Blue Belle are generally best suited to baking, boiling or mashing.
Maincrop seed potatoes mature in 125-140 days and, if planted in late April, can be harvested by mid August.
Choose a place in the garden which has not been used to grow garlic, onions, shallots or leeks for at least two years. The soil should be open, well drained and not have been manured for at least one year.
Each potato should be 35cm from the next, with rows spaced 70cm apart. Always make sure the eyes are facing upwards. Drills should be 15cm deep.
Water well in dry spells.
Harvest June-July. Dig up mature potatoes and store them in a cool, dry and dark location. Potatoes can be stored for several months. Tip: when harvesting, remove all foliage and small potatoes from the soil and discard, to avoid diseases on next year’s crop.
Plant as soon as possible after purchase. Keep in a dry, cool and well-ventilated place until planting. Keep free from frost.
Grown from cultivated stock.