Potato 'Belle de Fontenay'

A favourite, classic French salad potato. It has a smooth, firm, waxy texture with an excellent taste - great for salads and boiling. More
1kg bag 400001 £5.50 Buy 2+ at £5.25 each Delivery mid December
When in stock, please allow up to 3 weeks for delivery. 

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A favourite, classic French salad potato. It has a smooth, firm, waxy texture with an excellent taste - great for salads and boiling.

Genus Solanum tuberosum
Group/Species Early Maincrop
Variety Belle de Fontenay
Type Root Crop
Common Name Potato
Soil Type Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Clay, Fertile, Neutral, Sandy
Site Full Sun
Spacing Plant tubers 40cm (16in) apart with 45cm (18in) between rows.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Chitting February-April, planting out May-June.
Care Tips When the shoots first appear draw the earth from between the rows to cover them. This encourages underground shoots and more tubers. Add in lots of well rotted manure the previous autumn (not too fresh).
Harvesting Just over 4 months after planting (late June - August).
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Plant Delivery - When in stock, please allow up to 3 weeks for delivery. 

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Potato 'Belle de Fontenay' reviews

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Reviewed 11th August 2019 by Angela

Seed potatoes arrived promptly and in good order but the potatoes are very disappointing - completely tasteless, not at all like homegrown potatoes

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Reviewed 7th August 2019 by Lynne

Prompt delivery and lovely potatoes

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Jennifer

Great service and always nice people. This time everything arrived fine and potatoes in the ground. Can't tell you if they will great until next year but usually are.

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Alex

Highly recommended - well packaged & delighted with results

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Eileen

This year's crop was not as good as last year's, but that might have had something to do with our weather this spring/summer. Having said that, I pulled these early and they were pretty much free of scab with no worms, and the potatoes were a good size and tasty. To be perfectly honest, I've never grown what I would consider a 5-star potato in my allotment.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Tina

Excellent crop of potatoes! Lovely potatoes and plenty of them. Will definitely buy again.

Such a shame

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Reviewed 31st July 2017 by Patsy Hodson

These potatoes split when either simmering or steaming. I really can't believe this happening as they would appear to be a lovely potato. I would welcome any advice.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for taking time to leave your review. We are sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Belle de Fontanay, in our experience they are normally very reliable and delicious. You may find it helps to leave the potatoes until they become fully mature, they will not make big sized potatoes even if left and you may find it improves the cooking of them.
If we can help you in any way please do contact our customer service team at info@sarahraven.com or by calling 0345 092 0283 and our team will assist you further.

Kind regards,
The Sarah Raven Team"

Posted 1st August 2017