Setanta is a new variety of potato which has been acclaimed for its high resistance to blight. However that's not the whole story because although it is very resistant to the effects of blight on the potato tubers it is only moderately resistant to blight on the foliage. Blight on foliage alone may not damage the potatoes themselves but it certainly does greatly slow down their development
All in all though, this is an excellent choice of potato for blight affected areas and the potatoes taste very good as well.
The parents of Setanta are Brodick x Rooster.
APPEARANCE, TASTE AND CHARACTERISTICS OF SETANTA
The Setanta potato
Setanta is an Irish bred potato which initially received some adverse comments as far as taste and texture is concerned. No one denied that it is resistant to blight of the tubers but many believed there must therefore be a corresponding decreases in taste and texture.
Having grown Setanta over two separate years we can report that this is a good tasting maincrop potato. This is backed up by other organisations when they have conducted blind tastings. It keeps well both in storage and when left in the ground.
Not only is it resistant to some of the effects of blight but it has very good resistance to common scab. The skins are quite thick so slug damage is also minimal. Inside the flesh is a light creamy white and has lots of
starchy dense matter. Not a potato for boiling but it does make exceptionally good chips, roasts and sautés. We like it a lot and if blight is a problem in your garden /allotment then this is a good choice.
POSITIVE POINTS FOR SETANTA
Blight resistance to the tubers is excellent. Slugs and common scab don't cause many problems for Setanta either. Given such good pest and disease resistance we can confirm that the taste is very acceptable as well for roasting, chips, mash and sauté. Keeping times are above average.
NEGATIVE POINTS FOR SETANTA
None really, this is not an exceptional variety but its blight resistance lifts it well above many other varieties.
BUYING SETANTA SEED POTATOES IN THE UK
This is not a particularly common variety but can be bought online and may occasionally be found in garden centres .
We recommend buying your seed potatoes from certified suppliers because those sold in supermarkets for consumption can be a source of disease and pest. We would avoid buying them from online general retailers such as as Amazon or E-bay unless you know exactly who is supplying the seed potatoes.
Buying seed potatoes from the discount store can be a good deal but it can also result in a sub-standard crop. The discount stores take the second quality seed potatoes whereas the more specialist suppliers take the best quality. Unfortunately you will only find this out after you have carefully tended your crop for several months.
JBA Seed Potatoes sell this variety, click here for more details.
ALTERNATIVES TO SETANTA POTATOES
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WHEN TO CHIT / SPROUT SETANTA POTATOES
In all the tests we have conducted and those we have researched, there is no detectable difference between maincrop potatoes which are chitted and those which are planted directly in the ground. However if you want to stick with tradition and chit your Setanta potatoes, we recommend that you start chitting / sprouting this variety in. the third week of February
This will give them four to five weeks to develop healthy sprouts just at the time when they are ready to be planted out. Keep the potatoes in cool but light conditions to ensure they grow short, green sprouts. Click here for our page dedicated to chitting / sprouting potatoes in the UK and Ireland.
WHEN TO PLANT SETANTA POTATOES
Setanta potatoes are maincrop potatoes and they are ready for harvest, if conditions are correct, 18 to 20 weeks after the seed potatoes are planted. The key factor governing the time for planting all potatoes is the date of the last frost in your area. Even a touch of frost can damage potato plants if their foliage is above ground, an unexpected severe frost can kill them completely.
The date for planting Setanta potato seed can be calculated on the basis that seed potatoes will take four weeks before they appear above ground. Given also that you want them to appear above ground only when the danger of frost has passed (the last week of April is the UK average ) the last week of March is about right time to plant them.
WHEN TO HARVEST SETANTA POTATOES
The harvest date for all potatoes is not only dependent on when you plant your seed potatoes, it also depends on the weather conditions throughout the growing season. But on average you can expect your potatoes to be ready for harvest some time between the first and third weeks of August 2017 in your area of the UK.
PEST AND DISEASE RESISTANCE OF SETANTA POTATO
The table below sets out how good or bad Setanta potato plants are at resisting common pests and diseases in the UK. The 0 point is average with minus (red) values showing lower than average resistance and plus values (green) showing higher than average resistance.
|Late blight – foliage
|Late blight – tubers
|Potato Cyst Nematode
|Potato Cyst Nematode
SUMMARY CHARACTERISTICS OF SETANTA
USE: Very adaptable for cooking, use for chips, frying, mash and roasts.
SKIN COLOUR / TEXTURE: Mid brown, relatively smooth
FLESH COLOUR: White to cream
TASTE AND TEXTURE: Low in water content, Setanta potatoes have good taste.
STORAGE: Stores very well
POTATO SIZE: Average
REGULARITY OF CROPPING: Regularly produces a high yield
SPECIAL FEATURES: Very resistant to tuber blight
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COMMENTS / QUESTIONS LEFT BY OUR READERS
|Date: 23 November 14:
|I tried this variety for the first time this year. I lifted the biggest potatoes I’ve ever seen/grown. This in ground that had lain fallow for 2 years, no added potato fertiliser. I was anxious that these giant spuds – some the size of an aubergine (no kid) would have made hollow centres. But no. Firm pale yellow flesh all through. No slug damage at all, although a fox had helped himself to one or two. You need to be careful if you parboil before roasting. The potato softens very suddenly. Best to drain them before they seem soft enough and let them finish in their own heat. The finished roasties – EXCELLENT. Best regards, and thanks for your informative site.