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Solanum tuberosum 'Vivaldi'PBR
  • RHS AGM

potato (early) 'Vivaldi'

An easy to grow and high-yielding variety that may be lifted for baby potatoes or left in the ground longer for larger, early maincrop potatoes. Pale golden tubers are good boiled, baked, mashed or roasted. Can be grown in containers

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
1 year
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Solanaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
Harmful if eaten, except potato crop. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Solanum can be annuals, perennials, evergreen or deciduous shrubs or twining climbers, with simple or pinnnately lobed leaves and star- or bowl-shaped, 5-lobed flowers with prominent stamens, followed by fleshy fruits

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Before planting, enrich the ground with organic manure. Plant chitted seed potatoes 30cm apart in drills. Protect new growth from late frosts. Draw earth up around the emerging shoots (this excludes light and prevents green tubers). Harvest 9-12 weeks from planting. See potato cultivation for further information

Propagation

Propagate by chitting seed potatoes. This is done by standing them rose end up (the end with the most dents or eyes) in egg boxes or trays in a cool, light place. The potatoes are ready to plant when the shoots are about 3cm long

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to cutworms, slugs, wireworms and potato cyst eelworm

Diseases

May be susceptible to honey fungus (rarely), potato blight, potato blackleg, potato scabs and potato tuber rots

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