potato - maincrop, Scottish basic seed potato
- Position: sun-partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well drained
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Harvesting period:
- Hardiness: protect tubers from frost
'Majestic' has been voted one of the 'best varieties of the year' by Sally Nex our Kitchen Garden blogger. She describes it as ''one of the best I’ve ever grown, putting in a fantastic yield''. First introduced in the 1940's, it is still in demand today because it will grow in most soil types, has a floury white flesh with a richly aromatic flavour. It stores well too.
- Garden care: As soon as the potato tubers have been delivered you should unpack them and start the chitting (sprouting) process. Place them in single layer in a seed tray without compost and leave in a light, cool area protected from frost. This can be started about six weeks before you intend to plant them. Early varieties can be planted out under frost fleece protection, but the later varieties should be planted after the worst frosts have passed in your area - this is generally mid March to mid April. Dig a trench 8 - 13cm (3 - 5in) deep adding a general purpose fertiliser to the bottom of the trench. Plant the potato tubers in the trenches about 30cm (12in) apart, being careful not to knock the shoots off the tubers, and keeping the shoots facing upwards. Then lightly cover with soil. As the plants get to around 20cm (8in) tall you need to bank up the soil around the plant, so the soil covers the bottom two thirds of the plant. Watering your plants well will help improve crop yield and discourage potato scab.
We sell potatoes by weight but you can expect to receive about 20 tubers of this variety in a 2kg bag.