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Potato 'King Edward'

Solanum tuberosum 'King Edward'

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

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Potato 'King Edward' Overview

This Floury tuber is an early main crop variety that has a red and white skin and a creamy coloured flesh. Introduced in the UK by John Butler in 1902 it is a perennial favourite for supermarkets and home growers alike.

Common problems with Potato 'King Edward'

How to harvest Potato 'King Edward'

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 'King Edward'


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 'King Edward'

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 'King Edward'

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.