Nicola seed potatoes produce a long, oval shaped tuber, with yellow skins and waxy, light yellow flesh - perfect for boiling and salads.
Disease-wise, Nicola are resistant to potato cyst nematode (PCN), common-scab, potato leaf roll virus, potato virus Y and bruising.
Nicola potatoes are also a very popular variety for late planting and harvesting at Christmas time. Second earlies are typically ready for harvesting around 15-22 weeks from planting depending on how far north you are.
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.