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May 4, 2011

Swift Early Potato

Filed under: potato — Tags: , , , , — TopVeg @ 8:55 am

Les told me last night that he was going to ‘try’ some of his Swift early potatoes next week.  I was impressed!

He said he always grows Swift & has the first boiling in early May!  Here are some of the secrets I picked up:

·         Swift are the earliest variety, ready within 7 weeks of planting

·         Les plants Swift in January

·         He grows them in flower buckets

·         The buckets are kept in the greenhouse all the time

·         Swift only have short tops, so don’t fall over

·         Les pulls the plant out of the bucket, picks of the largest potatoes & returns the plant to the bucket to continue growing!

Swift is ‘The earliest early” according to the British Potato Council variety database.

 Characteristics of  Potato Variety:

·         exceptionally early maturing potato variety

·         good yields

·         attractive, medium sized potatoes

·         good skins

·         good cooking quality

Click this link to buy Swift new potatoes from Unwins

Swift is a very early potato variety!

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  1. This is good to read!

    I tried Swift this year for the first time. They’re growing really well. I put them in during March, so I guess with a little bit of luck I should get some for June.

    Comment by Jono / Real Men Sow — May 9, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

  2. Hi Jono -

    Glad you like Swift! You may even get some in May- if you take a look! Depends how big you want them, I suppose!

    Good to hear from you


    Comment by TopVeg — May 9, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

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