We are often asked which the best potatoes for beginners to grow are. Growing your own vegetables is a wonderful hobby – the taste of freshly harvested potatoes and peas eaten an hour after harvest is just amazing. Potatoes are a relatively easy crop to grow, but like all things that grow they are susceptible to diseases and “eating things”. However, by choosing certain varieties, the beginner has more chance of success. We highly recommend “earlies” for beginners for two reasons – they are the quickest to mature and so enthusiasm will hopefully last and also they are likely to be harvested before blight sets it. Blight tends to occur later in the summer and can decimate a crop quite quickly and a beginner may not know what to look out for. The following list of best potatoes for beginners to grow is just some suggestions for you and not a definite list.
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The Best Potato For Beginners to Grow – Bambino
Short oval tuber with white skin and cream flesh. Lovely salad potatoes with a smooth light waxy texture. Great organic variety due to high blight, scab and blackleg resistance.
A slightly unusual choice – Ambo
The great thing about growing your own produce is that you can begin to experiment with colours, flavours and textures. It does not take long to find what grows well in your area and what you like.
Ambo is a very attractive early maturing versatile parti-coloured variety with good foliage and tuber late blight resistance. High yielding in a wide range of soil types and presents good drought resistance. Resistance to late blight on tubers. Popular with growers for its good blight and scab resistance the plant produces a high yield of floury potatoes which can be boiled or baked.
The Best Potato To Grow For Beginners – Casablanca
Chefs and cooks will love the versatility of the potato Casablanca. Good for all uses from boiling and chipping to mash and roasting.
This potato variety has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit because it has proved to be reliable in appropriate conditions and a good performing plant. For more information on RHS Award of Garden Merit plants visit .rhs.org.uk/plants
Blight resistant – Sarpo Una
Multipurpose variety which can produce nice waxy salad potatoes if harvested early or can be left in ground for a heavy crop of baking potatoes. It has good resistance to late blight as well as a range of other diseases. This variety has a lovely pinkish skin.
The Best Potato For Beginners to Grow – Charlotte
Charlotte is best known for its culinary excellence, of course it is French. Best eaten fresh as a salad it can be stored up till Christmas. It is noted for good resistance against slugs and common scab leading to good appearance. Charlotte potatoes have a fresh flavour which tastes great either hot or cold. They are ideal boiled as part of a salad as they hold their shape well and can even be roasted whole.
This is another potato with an Awards of Garden Merit.
This list is just some suggetions for you. However, you can browse all the earlies and indeed our entire collection. We have lots of information to help you chose which potato to grow, as well as a great FAQ on how to grow potatoes. We are here to help at any time with your potato questions.