Potato Rosagold' - TuberSolanum tuberosum Rosagold'
Tasty medium early table potato
The potato 'Rosagold' is a medium early potato. Under the red skin this table potato has a lovely yellow colour. It prefers clay soil, although it will do well in any soil with a good structure. Brimming with vitamins and minerals but above all, chemical free. Natural resistance to most potato diseases. This variety requires only moderate feeding to produce a wonderful harvest.Show more
Show moreIn the winter the soil should have been fertilised with well rotted manure, fertiliser pellets or a mixed organic fertiliser. From the end of March, Solanum tuberosum 'Rosagold' seed potatoes can be started off in crates with a bit of peat or potting compost. Stand the crates in the light by a temperature of 10-15 ˚C. Harden your potatoes to outside temperatures first and then April is the best time to plant. All danger of frost is more than likely passed by then and the young shoots will not be damaged. Cut large seedlings up, leaving at least three eyes showing per piece. Fork the soil well loose prior to planting and scatter 45 grams of potash and Epsom salts per square metre. Planting the seed potatoes (in a sunny spot), in rows, will make hoeing and weeding much easier later on. Row distance should be about 70 cm, with 30 cm between each potato. Garden fleece is handy for covering young shoots if there is after all some frost.
Show moreEarth up your potatoes, mid June at the latest, to prevent them turning green - this means piling more soil up around the plants. Repeat if the plants grow as high as 20 cm. Mulch with straw or black plastic to stop the soil drying out – it also keeps the weeds down. Water more frequently in periods of drought. To prevent sickness and pests, potatoes should not be grown more than once every four years on any ground. It is also important to buy new seed potatoes from pest resistant strains every year, and to switch crops too.
Harvesting potatoes'Rosagold' potatoes can be harvested once the flowers are fully opened – depending on the weather, usually around July. Use a blunted garden fork and allow the potatoes to dry out for a bit where they lie. Potatoes are easily stored in a dark cellar or frost free shed.
Show moreSolanum tuberosum 'Rosagold' is a red skinned potato, delicious boiled, making excellent fried chips too. The Solanum is a waxy, but slightly floury variety. Originally from South America, the potato has been eaten there for thousands of years already and only came to Europe in the 1700s. Of course the potato is now the number one vegetable in Europe! Potatoes contain starch, potassium and vitamin C. Beware of the tiny green fruits that sometimes show amongst the leaves as these are very poisonous.
Switching cropsTo prevent sickness and pests, potatoes should not be grown more than once every four years on any ground. It is also important to buy new seed potatoes from pest resistant strains every year, and to switch crops too. Potatoes, leafy veg, courgettes etc, can be grouped together. After those, salad crops and onions can be planted on that ground.