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Seed Potato 'Desiree' - Gro-Kit

Marshalls Garden

Catalogue Code: 10907114

RHS Award of Garden Merit
Sale price

Sold Out - Existing orders estimated for delivery by Late January

Regular price £19.46
Grow your own delicious red skinned tubers regardless of the space you have available. Known to be a heavy cropper making them a customer favourite Desiree continues to be enjoyed on dinner plates year after year. Including 1kg of Seed Potatoes, 75g of fertiliser and 3 x Grow Sack. This kit contains all you need for a successful harvest - just add compost!

Key Features

  • Perfect for pots and containers
  • Disease resistant
  • Prefers full sun
  • Prefers part shade

Pack Contents: 3 x Grow Sack, 1kg of Tubers & 75g of Feed


Potato Desiree our ultimate potato for creating your own wonderful fluffy mash potato. Desiree will provide you with a strong reliable cropper year after year. Its wonderful red flesh also makes it a great potato to boil and serve straight away. Probably why Desiree continues to be one of the UK’s favourite potatoes.



The kit contains:

  • 1kg pack seed potatoes (approx. 12-15 tubers)
  • 75g potato fertiliser
  • 3 x Potato Grow Sack (50L)


Once you receive your kit, it is best to start to 'chit' your seed potatoes as quickly as possible. This is a proccess that accelerates the growing process even before they are planted in the soil.

  • Select a top and bottom of each seed potato by checking for 'eyes' or dimples in the skin where the shoots will emerge from. The one with the most eyes can be the top.
  • Place these in a container that holds the potato upright with the top facing upwards - an old egg box is perfect for this - then simply place these in a cool, bright place and wait!
  • The shoots will start to grow slowly; you need them to be approx. 2-3cm long and with a purpleish hue to them before they are ready to plant. This should be approx. 4-6 weeks.
  • Now prepare your grow bag by adding suitable compost into the bottom, mixing in some of the fertilser and filling approx. 1/3 of the way up.
  • Plant your tubers in the soil by pushing them into the soil surface with the new shoots facing upwards. Cover with more soil so the tubers are not visible. Plant 3-4 tubers only per bag. More tubers lead to a greater yield but with smaller potatoes, while fewer tubers result in fewer potatoes that are larger in size.
  • Water the soil thoroughly. Once the shoots start to emerge wait until they are approx. 10cm high and add more soil until the shoots are almost covered again.

    Dont worry, this method encourages more potaoes to be produced but also stops the newly forming potatoes going green. This occurs when they are exposed to sunlight, hence you should add extra soil to maintain darkness.

    Continue this process every 2 weeks or so, until the shoots are out the top of the bag and you have filled it to about 3cm from the rim. The shoots will still continue to grow out of the top and may get very large - no need to worry; this is a sign the process is working.

    Keep watering often, as potaotes are very thirsty! You may even get flowers on your shoots, but wait until these shoots start to turn yellow and flop over. This is the magical moment when you know your potatoes are ready. Gather up the potatoes, rinse them off, then enjoy their deliciousness! Many varieties are very good at storing, somewhere cool and dry, away from vermin. Good luck!

    How you will receive your plants:

    Selected by our team of experts and sent from our nursery, you will receive seed potatoes in early January in a breathable net bag that can be recycled as for plastic bags. This keeps the potatoes together in a pack that is nice and airy – perfect to keep them healthy while in transit.

    Can’t plant straight away?

    Ideally, you should aim to start chitting your potatoes (see below) within a week of receiving them, but if this is not possible, store them in a cool, dark place until you are ready to use them.

    Planting tips and hints:

    To protect your potatoes from frost damage, cover them with a horticultural fleece when temperatures start to plummet at night. If your planters aren't too heavy, bring them indoors on cold nights and return them outdoors during the day.

    These potatoes are happiest when planted in full sun.

    Harvest first early potatoes in June or July, second earlies in July-August and maincrop potatoes from late August-October once their leaves have yellowed.

    Click here to view our full Potato Growing Guide.

    Growing Calendar

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    We know how important your garden is to you. We've listened to our customers and introduced a new improved speedy delivery service, meaning Express delivery comes as standard.

    *Orders to Northern Ireland have an automatic additional £3.00 delivery surcharge applied at checkout. 

    Order TypeDelivery ChargeDelivery Charge
    Seed only order£2.49If you purchase any other items you'll be charged the standard delivery rate of £5.99
    Plants, bulbs & gardening accessories£5.99If we need to split your order into separate deliveries we'll only charge one delivery fee
    Extra large or long plants & heavy items£9.99These are clearly displayed at check-out
    Compost (and any other large or heavy items)£5.99

    These items are subject to a delivery multiplier where orders containing 3 or 4 items will be subject to an additional £5.99 for every further 2 items added. This is automatically applied at check-out:

    • 1 - 2 bags £5.99
    • 3 - 4 bags £11.98
    • 5 - 6 bags £17.97
    • 7 - 8 bags £23.96
    • 9 - 10 bags £29.95

    If you'd like more than 10 bags of compost please call our Customer Service team who can arrange for a bespoke competitive quote on 01480 774555 (standard network charges apply)

    For more detail on specific delivery queries and compost delivery please click here

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    We now deliver to Northern Ireland, additional delivery surcharges automatically apply at checkout. 

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