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MARIS PEER POTATO
Maris Peer will keep for only ten days or so in common with many other new potatoes. The potatoes are regularly oval and smaller than average. When the flowers appear you might well be mistaken for thinking you have been growing a flowering plant. The flowers are a bright purple and unusually they have a slight scent to them.
The parents of Maris Peer are 120 / 13 x Ulster Knight.
APPEARANCE, TASTE AND CHARACTERISTICS OF MARIS
The Maris Peer potato
Maris Peer is a second early potato with plenty of flavour. Although they can be used for mash they are best reserved for boiling. One huge advantage they have over many other potatoes is that they stay firm if you gently boil them.
POSITIVE POINTS FOR MARIS PEER
They have high resistance to splitting, remaining very solid potatoes. They have medium to good resistance against powdery and common scab. They are an excellent variety for planting in August and cropping in late October to mid December.
NEGATIVE POINTS FOR MARIS PEER
If potato eelworm / potato cyst nematode is a problem in your area then maybe Maris Peer is not the variety for you because they have very low resistance to this pest. Nicola, another excellent second early, has significant resistance to this pest.
BUYING MARIS PEER SEED POTATOES IN THE UK
Maris Peer is a particularly common variety and can be bought online, in garden centres and the diy stores. They are also sold by some of the discount supermarkets at low prices - most years they appear in Lidl, Aldi, Wilkinsons and even Poundland from the middle of February.
We recommend buying your seed potatoes from certified suppliers because those sold in supermarkets for consumption can be a source of disease and pest. We would avoid buying them from online general retailers such as as Amazon or E-bay unless you know exactly who is supplying the seed potatoes.
Buying seed potatoes from the discount store can be a good deal but it can also result in a sub-standard crop. The discount stores take the second quality seed potatoes whereas the more specialist suppliers take the best quality. Unfortunately you will only find this out after you have carefully tended your crop for several months.
Suttons Seeds (a GardenFocused approved supplier) sell Maris Peer seed potatoes (and many other varieties) which are not only correctly certified but they are graded by size to avoid unduly small seed potatoes being sold. Click here for more information and to buy Maris Peer online. A 1kg bag will contain about 11 good sized seed potatoes.
ALTERNATIVES TO MARIS PEER POTATOES
The key quality of Maris Peer is flavour. Charlotte is a also a full flavoured second early which we can recommend. Try also Nicola or Kestrel which also boils well.
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WHEN TO CHIT / SPROUT MARIS PEER POTATOES
We recommend that you start chitting / sprouting Maris Peer potatoes in the third week of February. This will give them four to five weeks to develop healthy sprouts just at the time when they are ready to be planted out. Keep the potatoes in cool but light conditions to ensure they grow short, green sprouts. Click here for our page dedicated to chitting / sprouting potatoes in the UK and Ireland.
WHEN TO PLANT MARIS PEER POTATOES
Maris Peer potatoes are second earlies potatoes and they are ready for harvest, if conditions are correct, 15 to 17 weeks after the seed potatoes are planted. The key factor governing the time for planting all potatoes is the date of the last frost in your area. Even a touch of frost can damage potato plants if their foliage is above ground, an unexpected severe frost can kill them completely.
The date for planting Maris Peer potato seed can be calculated on the basis that seed potatoes will take four weeks before they appear above ground. Given also that you want them to appear above ground only when the danger of frost has passed (the last week of April is the UK average) the last week of March is about right time to plant them.
WHEN TO HARVEST MARIS PEER POTATOES
The harvest date for all potatoes is not only dependent on when you plant your seed potatoes, it also depends on the weather conditions throughout the growing season. But on average you can expect your potatoes to be ready for harvest some time between the second and last weeks of July 2017 in your area of the UK.
PEST AND DISEASE RESISTANCE OF MARIS PEER POTATO
The table below sets out how good or bad Maris Peer potato plants are at resisting common pests and diseases in the UK. The 0 point is average with minus (red) values showing lower than average resistance and plus values (green) showing higher than average resistance.
|Late blight - foliage
|Late blight - tubers
|Potato Cyst Nematode
|Potato Cyst Nematode
SUMMARY CHARACTERISTICS OF MARIS PEER
TYPE: Second early
USE: Best for boiling as new potatoes.
SKIN COLOUR / TEXTURE: Light brown with a few eyes
FLESH COLOUR: Very white
TASTE AND TEXTURE: Full of flavour, smooth slightly waxy texture.
STORAGE: Stores for up to two weeks
POTATO SIZE: Slightly smaller than average
REGULARITY OF CROPPING: Regularly produces a good crop
SPECIAL FEATURES: Lots of flavour