Salad potatoes have grown in popularity in recent years, thanks to their delicious flavour and waxy texture. Solanum tuberosum ‘Orla’ is a blight-resistant salad potato, showing good resistance in both its leaves and tubers. The tubers have a cream skin and pale yellow flesh. Although it’s a first early variety, it can also be grown as a second early and early maincrop.
For best results dig over the soil well and incorporate plenty of compost or rotted manure before planting. Water the tubers thoroughly two weeks before lifting. Solanum tuberosum ‘Orla’ potatoes are delicious boiled or steamed.
Orla First Early Seed Potato's 2kg
WHEN TO CHIT / SPROUT ORLA POTATOES
We recommend that you start chitting / sprouting Orla potatoes in the third week of February. This will give them four to five weeks to develop healthy sprouts just at the time when they are ready to be planted out. Keep the potatoes in cool but light conditions to ensure they grow short, green sprouts. .
WHEN TO PLANT ORLA POTATOES
Orla potatoes are generally considered to be a first early variety but leave them in the ground a few weeks longer and they can also be grown as second earlies or early maincrop. The key factor governing the time for planting all potatoes is the date of the last frost in your area. Even a touch of frost can damage potato plants if their foliage is above ground, an unexpected severe frost can kill them completely.
The date for planting Orla seed potatoes can be calculated on the basis that seed potatoes will take four weeks before they appear above ground. Given also that you want them to appear above ground only when the danger of frost has passed (the last week of April is the average) the last week of March is about right time to plant them.
WHEN TO HARVEST ORLA POTATOES
The harvest date for all potatoes is not only dependent on when you plant your seed potatoes, it also depends on the weather conditions throughout the growing season. But on average you can expect your potatoes to be ready for harvest some time between the second and last week of August.
They can also be harvested up to four weeks later as second earlies or maincrops.