‘Casablanca’ is a fairly new variety of first early potatoes, which can be planted from February to April and ready to harvest as ‘new’ potatoes from 9-14 weeks after planting. Easy to grow, this variety has good resistance to disease (including common scab, blackleg and golden eelworm) and produces lots of tasty, small potatoes that have smooth, white skins, shallow eyes and delicious creamy flesh.
A good all-rounder, its floury texture is ideal for roasting, boiling and baking – and it makes superb chips! It is fast becoming a household favourite – as well as being popular amongst chefs for its cooking ability and versatility. With evenly formed, attractive crops, it is also a top choice amongst competitive growers who want to produce the perfect specimen for the showing bench. Receiving consistently high reviews, it is easy to see why this variety has already been given the RHS Award of Garden Merit.
These potatoes are best used fresh from the garden but will keep well for up to 5 days in a cool, dark and dry place. Plant in fertile, well-drained soil in a sunny or semi-shaded, sheltered position, or in large containers or growbags. Water well in dry conditions for optimum cropping.
Supplied as a 2.5kg bag of seed potatoes ready to prepare indoors for planting out from February to April. Early plantings will benefit from frost protection.
Supplied as a 2.5kg bag of seed potatoes containing approx. 30-35 tubers ready to prepare indoors for planting out from February to April.
Grows to 60cm (24in) height by 45cm (18in) spread.
Harvest from May to July.
Performance subject to growing conditions.
Seed potatoes are not for consumption.
How to grow ‘Casablanca’ first early potatoes
Unpack your seed potatoes immediately on delivery.
They will need chitting prior to planting. Stand them rose end up (the end with the most small eyes in the skin) in an egg box or shallow tray in a cool but frost-free, light and well-ventilated room so they can begin chitting (shooting). A temperature of 10°C (50°F) is ideal.
Leave for 3-4 weeks, and short dark shoots (chits) will emerge from the rose end. They will be ready to plant when these shoots are about 3cm (1in) long. Rub off the weaker shoots, leaving about 4 per tuber. If you leave all the shoots on, you will get more potatoes but they will be smaller. Take care not to damage the shoots when handling or planting.
Soil should be fertile and well-draining. For optimum harvests, particularly if the soil is heavy, dig in some well-rotted manure into the soil in the autumn/winter before planting. For lighter soils, just add some well-rotted manure or compost to the trench at the time of planting.
Planting can be done from the end of February. Early plantings will benefit from fleece protection.
Dig a trench about 10cm (4in) deep and add some of our Organic Potato Fertiliser to the soil. Place the tubers in the trench, rose end up, about 10cm (4in) deep, 30cm (12in) apart, with 60cm (24in) between rows. Alternatively, plant to the same depth and distance apart in a large container or growing bag. Cover with soil and water in.
As soon as growth appears, protect the young shoots from frost by drawing up soil around them or moving pots or bags into a more sheltered position, such as a cool greenhouse. When the stems reach 23cm (9in), draw up more soil around them to prevent the tubers near the surface from turning green.
Keep weed-free and well watered through the growing season, particularly in warmer weather. Dry conditions will result in a reduced crop.
Top-dress with our Organic Potato Fertiliser every 4-6 weeks according to packet instructions, working it into the top inch or so of soil around the plants.
Harvest first early ‘new’ potatoes as required when the plants begin to flower, from about 9-10 weeks and up to 14 weeks after planting. If not using immediately, brush the soil off the skins, allow to dry, and store for up to 5 days in a cool, dry and dark position.