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Potato 'Lady Balfour'

Solanum tuberosum 'Lady Balfour'

Photo by Jo.Baker (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

60cm

30cm

Min

30cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Potato 'Lady Balfour' Overview

This waxy tuber is an early main crop variety that has a white skin and a cream coloured flesh. Introduced in 2002 this potato is named for Eve Balfour. It produces high yields even in poor soils and is very disease resistant.

Common problems with Potato 'Lady Balfour'

Can be attacked by aphids, capsid bug, Rosy rustic moth and wireworms. They can also suffer from Dry rot, gangrene, grey mould, leaf roll virus, potato mosaic virus, potato powdery scab, potato scab, potato spraing, powdery scab, soft rot, wart disease.

    Potato 'Lady Balfour' Companion Plants

    Sweetcorn, eggplant, beans, peas, strawberries, peppers

    How to harvest Potato 'Lady Balfour'

    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 'Lady Balfour'

    Tubers

    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 'Lady Balfour'

    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 'Lady Balfour'

    Culinary

    Edible

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