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Potato 'Sharpes Express'

Solanum tuberosum 'Sharpes Express'

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 'Sharpes Express' Overview

The waxy tubers of this first early potato have a white skin and a pale lemon flesh. Introduces by Charles Sharpe around 1900 this old variety has a good flavour and produces tubers that are a long oval shape.

Common problems with Potato 'Sharpes Express'

How to harvest Potato 'Sharpes Express'

Normally ready 12- 16 weeks after planting, they are best eaten as soon as harvested.

How to propagate Potato 'Sharpes Express'


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 'Sharpes Express'

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 'Sharpes Express'

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