Family run potato growers throughout Tayside & Fife


Caledonian Pearl

  • Attractive tubers
  • Salad / baby potatoes
  • High tuber yields of cream flesh potatoes

Caledonian Pearl is a 1st early potato with strong salad potential. It has good tuber shape and size, shallow eyes, with high tuber numbers and smooth skin. Fast skin set adds to early maturity to make an attractive salad variety.

Husbandry Guidelines

This information is intended to give growers a broad understanding of the variety and its growth requirements; it was last updated on 9th April 2020 Please consult your own agronomist for the best practice on your farm and your end requirements.

Pre Planting

We recommend all seed should be removed from the packaging at the earliest possible opportunity and no later than 5 days after delivery. Seed should then be kept in a dry, well ventilated, cool and frost free environment. Seed management should set out to avoid apically dominantsprouts.

Planting and Growing

Caledonian Pearl produces high tuber numbers per plant and as with comparable salad varieties narrow spacing is recommended — 13 to 16cm spacing or thereby, depending on local conditions, which is around 80,000 per ha for 35/55mm seed. With narrow spacing and appropriate nutrition very high yields are possible, The plant sets it’s tubers in a normal position around the mother seed so your standard planting depth is acceptable. This variety is early and quickly reaches salad crop sizing, it is therefore essential to monitor crop development to avoid over size tubers.. The variety is susceptible to virus Yntn, good aphid control recommended.

Harvest and Storage

Caledonian Pearl stores well. To maintain a good skin-finish in store, try to keep the relative humidity low and minimise free moisture, especially during the curing period.