The solanum tuberosum "Maris Piper" potato is the most commonly grown potato variety in the UK. It's a great all-round potato that can be used for an array of culinary purposes, and is rated the best variety to use for making chips. The creamy-white flesh of the dry, floury tubers rarely discolours on cooking and provides a great taste. The plants are tall-growing and produce attractive light purple flowers and plenty of dark berries. Originally created via a massive potato breeding programme at the Plant Breeding Institute in Cambridge, the key benefit of the Maris Piper is its resistance to potato cyst eelworm. This variety also has one of the highest yields, and keeps longer than most other varieties making it popular with supermarkets.
Potatoes are easy to grow. Below we address some common queries:
Soil Preparation: ensure the soil is well-drained and dig in plenty of manure.
Planting Distance: plant seeds around 25cm (10in) apart, around 10cm (4in) deep into the soil. Rows should be around 75cm (2ft 6in) apart.
Pest Control: take precautions against cutworms, slugs, wireworms, and potato cyst eelworms.
Watering Requirements: water regularly, particularly during dry spells.
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