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Potato 'Cara'

Solanum tuberosum 'Cara'

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Potato 'Cara' Overview

Solanum tuberosum 'Cara' is better known as Potato 'Cara'. This cultivar produces good yields of tasty tubers with a mild flavour. The floury tuber of this late main crop potato from Ireland is a very robust tuber. It has a red and white skin with a creamy flesh. Potato 'Cara' is a high yielding plant that produces very uniform tubers which can be shown as a coloured potato. It has good eelworm, scab and blight resistance.

Common problems with Potato 'Cara'

How to harvest Potato 'Cara'

Wait to harvest until the leaves turn yellow towards the end of the growing season. Cut and the remove leaves, then leave tubers for 10 days in the ground before digging and storing in a dark frost free area.

How to propagate Potato 'Cara'


In January or February chit seed potatoes in a cool light room (10C), When the ground is 50C (March/April) tubers can be planted in trenches 12.5cm deep and space tubers 60cm apart.

Special features of Potato 'Cara'

Crop rotation

For the best results grow in ground that has not been used for potatoes in the last two years.

Pot plant

Can be grown in large containers or potato bags.

Other uses of Potato 'Cara'

Floury potatoes tend to break up when boiled so they are more suited to being roasted, baked and for making chips. They also suit being used for mash.