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    Default Sarpo Mira tatties

    Okay, I've sorted my early tatties, now looking for a good, lateish maincrop. I was tempted by the blight resistance claims of Sarpo Mira on the T&M website but they only sell in bags of 20 - if I'm going to get that many of the same variety, I could do with some reassurance that they'll taste good as well as be blight resistant??? Anyone???

    (I did search the forums, mixed reaction last year, any updates?) .

    Failing that, any other good recommendations for a (hopefully) resistant but tasty late maincrop?
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    Just looking at the most useful piece of paper in the WORLD which is a sheet detailing all the Ryton seed potatoes with their charactaristics that I purcased for 20 pee, I have the following info for you...

    High Blight Resistant:

    Kestral - second early - white (taste FAB - chap at the Hill grew them and got a bumper crop and I had a few to taste - yum)
    Lady Balfour - Early maincrop - white, waxy - dunno about taste
    Robinta - early maincrop - red, floury - dunno about taste
    Winston - first early - white, waxy (oh - you only want maincrop?)

    Sarpo Axona - late maincrop - red, floury
    sarpo mira - late maincrop - red, floury (think that they sold out of these at Ryton)

    There are also some of the organic potatoes which are down as 'high' blight resistance - do you want a list of those too?

    Actually - if you want a copy of the sheet, I can scan it and email to you?
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    Try the Sarpo Axona moggssue, they are pretty much the same as the mira but are more evenly shaped. I have had good results with them over the last 3 years and they are indeed very blight resistant. They will carry on growing till the first frosts by which time the tubers are very starchy, I find it best to lift one in August to check on the size and take it from there.

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    I bought Pentland Javelin and Cara from my GC in their sale a coupla weeks ago so am okay for earlies, thats why I'm looking for mains Hazel. Also cos I'm looking for some winter roasters and get the impression that earlies are better boiled?

    Are there any different ones in the organic list? Don't see why we should sacrifice taste for blight resistance?

    And I will listen to the experienced and give Axona a go, cheers PW!
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    Cara is a maincrop, Sue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutecumber View Post
    Cara is a maincrop, Sue.
    that saved me consulting the books, had me thinking there for a mo

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    Oh hum - think I have the wrong name then! The label said PJ was a first early and the other (I thought Cara) a second early. back to the drawing board!
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    # Earlies: Colleen, Karlena, Orla.
    # Second earlies: Cosmos, Milva, Spunta
    # Early maincrop: Remarka, Robinta, Stirling
    # Late main crop: Cara, Valor, Verity, Arran Victory, Sarpo Mira

    From a list here:

    Blight resistant potatoes - Frequently Asked Questions - topical advice


    Has anyone grown Spunta - they're one of the Cypriot grown ones I think?
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