First Early Seed Potatoes
Seed potatoes are classified according to the length of time they take to mature, but this can be influenced by the weather. First Early seed potatoes mature in 60-110 days. Compared to maincrop potatoes, First Earlies are lower yielding, usually have smaller tubers, need less space and escape some of the diseases, such as blight.
When do you plant First Early Potatoes?
Ideally, First Earlies should be planted towards the end of March, allowing them to be ready for lifting from late June or early July. However, First Early potatoes can be planted from mid March onwards as a rough guide, dependent on the weather.
When are first early potatoes ready to harvest?
First Earlies are generally harvested in 10-12 weeks from planting, which is usually around June and July. A clear indicator that their ready is when the potatoes are the size of an egg, and the plants are still flowering. They can be eaten as soon as they're harvested and be enjoyed as 'new potatoes.'