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Potato 'Home Guard'

Solanum tuberosum 'Home Guard'

Photo by Jo.Baker (All rights reserved)

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

Potato 'Home Guard' Overview

The waxy tubers of this first early potato has a white skin and flesh and was the main potato grown during WW2 due to it having a consistent high yield and being easy to dig up).

Common problems with Potato 'Home Guard'

How to harvest Potato 'Home Guard'

Normally ready 12 -16 weeks after planting, they can go floury if left in the ground too long. Best eaten as soon as harvested.

How to propagate Potato 'Home Guard'


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 'Home Guard'

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 'Home Guard'

Waxy potatoes have less starch so do not break up when boiled making them also ideal for potato salad and layered potato dishes.