• Buying
  • How can I order larger quantities, 25kg and upwards

    Our website shop can deal automatically with quantities up to and including 25kg sacks.  For anything above this then please email us at  info@sarpo.co.uk where we will be able to tailor a quote for you.

  • How can I buy Sarpo Potatoes to sell in my garden centre or shop

    The Sarpo family of blight resistant potatoes are available to purchase through many UK seed houses.  We do produce our own branded packs for a small number of  independant garden centres.  Contact us for more details   info@sarpo.co.uk




  • Do you export Sarpo varieties

    Yes!  We have been exporting all over the world for several years now.  If we are able, we will quote you a fully delivered price which will include all the  seed potato, plant passports and CIF.  Please contact us at info@sarpo.co.uk.  Please not that we are unable to export Sarpo Mira to the Republic of Ireland or countries within the EU other than the UK of course


  • Are Sarpo varieties available in USA or Canada

    Unfortunately they are not available.  The problem is that US and Canada Plant Health authorities will not allow any plant material of potato to be sent to US or Canada from other countries.  This is because the plant may carry pests or diseases that are not present in North America.

    The only way to have our potatoes legitimately on sale there is to have tissue cultures sent to a government plant quarantine lab where they do tests to confirm the purity of the culture.  This takes up to two years and is expensive.

    If found to be safe, the variety can be released to a seed grower who would multiply the stock on the farm.  This would take another five years before stocks were large enough to sell.

    This is something we are working on but it will take time!!

  • How many tubers will I get in my delivery

    Seed potato is supplied in sizes between 35 and 55mm.  The average weight of a seed tuber is 75g.  So expect to receive in the order of the following amounts.  Our product is packed by weight and as such there is no guarantee of numbers which can vary depending on the seed crop harvest each year

    1.5kg pack  ---  approx. 20 tubers

    5kg pack --- approx. 65 tubers

    25kg sack --- approx. 330 tubers


  • What does "Local Pickup" mean in the shopping cart

    This means that you can collect your seed order free of charge if you visit our office in North Wales.  Please ring in advance to arrange collection.

  • I want to order multiple packs for my allotment, club or society

    If you would like to order multiple small packs for your members, please email us for special rates!

  • Growing
  • Do I need to chit my seed potatoes?
    • Sarpo potatoes have an extended dormancy.
    • This is good news because the potatoes you grow can be stored in a cool dark place right through until April or May without sprouting.
    • But the bad news is that seed potatoes that are planted in the soil might remain dormant for several weeks until the dormancy breaks naturally.
    • The remedy: you can break the dormancy.  All you need to do is set out the seed in trays or use old egg boxes and leave them in a windowsill indoors where they will soon begin to sprout (chit).
    • Chitting before planting also means that the new potatoes form more quickly and harvest can be advanced by several weeks.
    • If sprouting takes place in the dark, the sprouts grow long and thin and brittle and can easily be broken so keep the seed in a light place at a moderate temperature to grow nice compact sprouts.
    • But don't worry if you don't chit your seed. The crop will just take a bit longer to mature.



  • Can I plant potatoes that I bought to eat from the supermarket?
    • Not a good idea.


    • These often carry trouble –  like viruses, late-blight infections and black scurf.


    • They can also carry cysts of Potato Cyst Nematode, a pest you do not want in the garden.


    • Plant certified seed and you can be confident that you are unlikely to be introducing nasties to your plot.
  • Varieties
  • Why does Blue Danube get late-blight infections on leaves?
    • Blue Danube was bred as a specialist variety with unusual blue/purple skin colour but white flesh.


    • The foliage has moderate blight resistance.


    • This means that blight develops slowly on the foliage compared to susceptible varieties.


    • If foliage gets badly blighted, cut it off and wait three weeks before you harvest the potatoes.


    • You will find that the new crop does not develop tuber blight because it has excellent tuber-blight resistance.


    • As an Early Maincrop, the potatoes are usually well grown by early August when blight gets severe.



  • Where do you grow your Sarpo seed potato

    Our seed potato is grown for us by dedicated and passionate growers in our home country of Wales as well as in the North of Ireland in the area near Strangford Loch.  We grow both conventional as well as Soil Association certified organic crops.

  • Diseases
  • Why do my Sarpo potatoes get blight lesions

    Most of the Sarpo family of potatoes have more or less resistance to late blight.  However in almost all cases the potato leaves can exhibit some lesions (or brown spots).  This is quite normal as the potato's resistance (or tolerance) ensure that the lesions do not either develop or spread

  • Are Sarpo varieties resistant to viruses

    All our varieties have excellent resistance to the common potato viruses that cause rapid degeneration in most other varieties.  In practice this will not be important if you purchase fresh seed potato each year.  It will be more important if you seed save,

  • Are Sarpos resistant to Potato Cyst Nematode

    This parasitic worm forms tiny cysts that survive in soil for at least ten years.  Plant roots become infested early in the season and growth is poor and stunted.  Plants turn yellow well before they are ready for harvest.  It is very common in old gardens and allotments where potatoes have grown.  You are asking for trouble if you plant non-certified seed as the cysts are carried around on tubers and in soil.  Our Blue Danube and Kifli both have resistance to the older form of Potato Cyst Nematode but a newer form has spread recently and none of our varieties have resistance to that.

  • If my potatoes get late blight, will spores survive in the soil and infect potatoes grown in the same plot next year?

    It is always better to rotate your potato growing to a different plot every year but if you do have to grow again on the same plot the following year, blight will not be a problem as the spores do not survive in the soil. Just be careful to collect up and destroy any small tubers from the previous crop as these sometimes carry blight and are a source of infection.