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.
Ideal soil conditions for growing potatoes are sandy loam soils which can be enriched with lots of organic matter to aid water retention and provide suitable feeding for you potatoes.
Heavy clay soils can be improved by adding sharp sand and lots of organic matter in the autumn of the year so that the new soil mixture can be exposed to frost which will help break up the soil structure and make it easier to work with.
If you are unable to get organic matter you can add compost to the area you wish to plant your potatoes in.
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.