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Orla Seed Potatoes (2Kg)

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Seed Potatoes - Description

  • Seed Potatoes
  • Variety: Orla
  • Season: Second Early
  • Variety Developed in Ireland
  • Quantity: 2Kg
  • Approx. 30 Tubers per 2 Kg
  • Skin Colour: Creamy With Yellow Flesh
  • Great Blight Resistance
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit Winner

Seed Potatoes - How to Grow

  • Orla potatoes are a second early potato meaning
    • They are larger crops than first earlies
    • They are slower to mature than first earlies
    • They take 16-17 weeks to mature
    • They are harvested from July to September
  • See our how to grow tab for full sowing instructions
  • Sow in early April

Seed Potatoes - Uses

  • Steaming, roasting, salads, gratins

Seed Potatoes - Pests & Disease

  • Great resistance to potato blight
  • Resistant to bruising & splitting

Seed Potatoes - Yields at Harvest

  • Yields from these will depend on your soil & conditions this Summer
  • A very good yield would be a 15:1 ratio
  • If you plant 1Kg of seed potatoes you would get about 15Kg of potatoes at harvest
  • But you can expect a yield of around 10Kg to every 1Kg planted on average
  • Orla are not a floury potato and are commonly described as waxy, wet or soapy potatoes
  • Soapy DOES NOT mean they taste like soap, it's just a term we use in Ireland for non floury potatoes
  • A lot of highly disease resistant spuds are non floury and this is a trade-off you have to accept when deciding what potatoes to sow


  • Overview
  • Choosing the Right Location
  • How to Chit Potatoes
  • Ground Preparation
  • How to Sow Seed Potatoes
  • How to Earth Up Your Potatoes
  • How to Harvest
  • Pests & Diseases


Potatoes are a still Ireland’s most popular vegetable. Since its introduction to Ireland by Sir Walter Raleigh it has become an integral part of our everyday cuisine with almost 150million Euros spent on potatoes every year.

There are 1000’s of different potato varieties, the most popular being: Rooster, Queen, Kerr’s Pink, Maris Piper and Golden Wonder. Each different spud has distinct colours, shapes and flavour and all are worth growing even if you only have the smallest of spaces.

Spuds are divided into 3 growing groups

  • Earlies: These can be sown in mid March to mid April and are small crops that mature fast allowing you to sow a second crop later in July
  • Second Earlies: These are slower to mature and take 16-17 weeks to mature. They can be harvested between July and September. Varieties include: Queens and Orla
  • Maincrop: The largest and longest in the ground, the mains are sown in mid April onwards and can be harvested late into autumn. Varieties include: Kerr’s pink, Golden Wonder and Records

The steps involved in growing potatoes are easy to follow, just read these simple steps and get out and get planting!

Choosing the Right Location for Growing Potatoes

  • Potatoes like deep, fertile soil with a low pH of approx 5.5. If you are unsure of your soil pH, we provide soil test kits and tips and advice on how to improve your soil
  • Locate your vegetable garden in full sun and a sheltered location that is not exposed to strong winds and in not in a low lying frost pocket

Chit Your Seed Potatoes (Optional)

How to Sow Your Seed Potatoes

Earthing Up Your Potatoes

  • Just cover up the growing stems as high as you can with soil from between drills
  • Earth up the potatoes when they are around 10-15cm high
  • Do this 3 times over the growing season

Harvesting Your Potatoes

  • Earlies can be harvested first, harvest earlies soon after flowering
  • Main crops require time in the soil to fill out after flowering
  • Water well one week before lifting
  • Use a garden fork to lift roots from soil
  • Be sure to dig down 2 foot into soil and remove all tubers, this is very important to prevent blight build up in the soil
  • Potatoes can be stored in the ground as late as October

Pests & Diseases for Potatoes

  • Pests: slugs, wireworms
  • Wireworms: A larvae which burrows into roots leaving small irregular holes throughout
  • Control: Common in poorly kept or newly developed vegetable patch. Avoid long grass and untidy plots
  • Chemical control an option if pest problem is severe
  • Disease: Blight, this is most common in midsummer in damp warm conditions, stay tuned to weather alerts such as Met Eireann
  • Notice: brown spots on leaves, foliage begins to rot, foliage turns black, tubers begin to rot
  • Control: choose disease resistant seed potatoes or spray crops prior to infection with copper sulphate. A common spray available on the market is the burgundy mixture

Seed Potatoes Calendar

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Very good delivery service. The products came in excellent condition.
My third year in a row to buy my seed potatoes from the Gardenshop. I ordered them late on Sunday night and they were delivered by courier on Tuesday morning. First class service and a top quality product as well
I got a good price and my order was dispatched quickly, the product was in excellent condition when it arrived, the only issue is that these seed potatoes are from Scotland! They taste soapy and could be called wet [STAFF NOTE: Soapy is a term we use in Ireland for non floury potatoes. Sometimes also referred to as waxy. They do not taste like soap], so I'll be back to Sharps Express next year. Orla are a great grower but lack the taste to match the yield.
This potato is an excellent grower, its foliage is strong and plentiful, the yield is the best I have had. The only downside is that they have a wet consistency. Which is a bit of a shame when you have half an acre of the dam things! [STAFF NOTE: Orla are a non floury potato and it's really a trade off between disease resistance and flouryness unfortunately]
I got four bags of Orla seed potatoes and the delivery was prompt and eficient from time of ordering. The seed potatoes are of the highest quality and there appears to be plenty in the combined four bags that I bought. The price was by far the cheapest around and I managed to buy my seed potatoes, to include courier delivery, for less than I would have paid to any other supplier for the seeds alone, excluding delivery. I would highly recommend the Garden Shop for supplies and I will order more products from the Garden Shop when I am starting my allotment planting next month.
lots of potatoes in one bag, quality looks good.

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  • Standard Courier Delivery With Fastway (2-4 Working Days)
    • Cost is €4.95 on Orders Below €75
    • Free Delivery on Orders Above €75
    • Rep. of Ireland & Northern Ireland Only
  • Express Courier Delivery With Fastway (1-2 Working Days)
    • Cost is around €5 extra for express delivery
    • This service guarantees that any order placed before 4pm will ship from our depot the same day on the next day delivery service *
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  • Express Delivery With DPD (1-2 Working Days)
    • Cost is €3 extra
    • This service guarantees that any order placed before 4pm will ship from our depot the same day on the next day delivery service *
    • Rep. of Ireland & Northern Ireland Only
    • This services comes with text alerts and timed delivery slots which the customer can change to suit themselves
  • 'Seed' Postal Delivery Option ***
    • Cost is €2 - Packet of Seeds ONLY Orders
    • Note: Does Not Apply to Seed Potatoes, Bulbs or Sets ***
    • Rep. of Ireland & Northern Ireland Only
  • Great Britain
    • Cost is €10
    • UK shipping fee covers parcels up to a total weight of 20Kg
  • Western Europe
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  • Also, we cannot guarantee delivery on a specific day (Please allow 1-3 days for delivery)
  • It's always best to order well in advance to avoid disappointment
  • Cancellation of pallets when items are already in transit will incur a 40 euro per pallet cancellation fee (To cover return delivery costs)
  • Where pallet delivery can not be made due to site access, a 40 euro per pallet cancellation fee will apply (To cover return delivery costs)

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  • We will contact you to discuss, if max weight of order exceeded


  • The shipping fee is fixed for an order, regardless of the number of items bought
  • All courier orders require signed proof of delivery & the customer must be contactable by phone
  • We do not offer a weekend delivery service (Mon-Fri Only excl. Bank Holidays)
  • * Our courier achieves a 98% success rate on next day deliveries
  • ** Seed postal option applies to seed ONLY orders & is available in all 32 counties of Ireland
  • *** Does not apply to seed potatoes, bulbs or sets
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