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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

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Potato ‘Sunrise’: New from D. T. Brown

Posted by Graham Rice on 13 Oct 2010 at 12:59 PM

Potato,Sunrise,Valor,Cultra,DT Brown. Image ©DT BrownWe’ve seen a number of new potatoes recently, many from France and other parts of mainland Europe, but here’s a new potato from closer to home, from Scotland.

The first variety bred by Zella Doig on her farm near Perth, in sight of the Loch Lomond hills, ‘Sunrise’ is an early maincrop with a rich traditional flavour and is suitable for baking in its jacket, roasting, mashing, wedges and chips - a true winter spud. It stores very well through the winter and has oval to round, yellow fleshed tubers with white skin and red eyes.

‘Sunrise’ is also a high yielding variety, it shows valuable resistance to late blight on both foliage and tubers and very high resistance to virus - much appreciated by all potato growers and by organic gardeners in particular. This variety is so new that tests on other pests and other diseases are still being completed.

To create her new variety, Zella crossed the familiar eelworm and blight resistant ‘Valor’, highly valued for roasting and chips, with the multi-purpose ‘Cultra’, which also shows valuable pest and disease resistance and is superb for chips.

The result is an excellent all round potato – named by Zella as she awoke one morning and saw the rich red sunrise over her farm.

Potato ‘Sunrise’ is available from D. T. Brown.


bogweevil said:

I rather think Sunrise has been around a few years, offered by Tuckers at one stage.  I grew it once but did not feel inclined to try it again.

on 15 Oct 2010 at 09:40 AM

Graham Rice said:

Interesting, bogweevil, I'll check and report back.

on 15 Oct 2010 at 12:56 PM