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Potato 'Swift'

Solanum tuberosum 'Swift'

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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 'Swift' Overview

Solanum tuberosum 'Swift' is better known as Potato 'Swift'. This cultivar produces good yields of tasty tubers and compact foliage. This waxy tuber is a first early variety that has a yellow skin and flesh. It was introduced in 1994 in Scotland and is one of the first varieties to be ready to be dug up. With it's nice even shaped potatoes they can be used for showing. The potatoes are well suited for boiling and may be grown under polythene easily. This cultivar is protected under intellectual property laws by Plant Breeders' Rights. These provide the breeder of new plants exclusive control over the plant material for a set amount of time.

Common problems with Potato 'Swift'

How to harvest Potato 'Swift'

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

How to propagate Potato 'Swift'


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 'Swift'

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 and works well being grown in polytunnels.

Other uses of Potato 'Swift'

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