JBA Seed Potatoes Sharpes Express Seed Potatoes
Sharpes Express seed potatoes are one of JBA's exclusive heritage potatoes.
Sharpes Express seed potatoes are one of JBA's exclusive heritage potatoes. First added to the national potato variety list in 1901, Sharpes Express have been going strong ever since.
Sharpes Express tubers are long and oval shaped with white skins and pale, lemon-coloured flesh. Their highly dry matter makes them a great potato in the kitchen with great all-round cooking use. These seed potatoes have a fine flavour and are best suited to boiling, roasting and chipping.
They have good resistance to common scab.
One of Jamieson Brothers' Heritage varieties of 'New' potatoes, Sharpes Express are a great tasting spud and good potato to plant for an early harvest.
First Early varieties generally are ready to harvest 10 – 12 weeks after planting, with the traditional planting time being March – April. Sharpes potatoes has good resistance to common scab.
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 25cm from the next, with rows spaced 60cm 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.