Solanum tuberosum ‘Maris Piper’


  • Botanical name: Solanum tuberosum 'Maris Piper'
  • Common name: Potato
  • Family: Solanaceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable
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‘Maris Piper’ is a classic and popular potato variety, grown in the UK since the 1960s. A maincrop potato, it’s the most commonly grown potato in the UK and is widely available in shops and supermarkets.


Maris Piper potatoes have golden skin with cream-white flesh that lends itself perfectly to mashing. However it’s a versatile variety and the potatoes also makes great chips, roast potatoes, and wedges.

Grow Maris Piper potatoes as you would any maincrop variety – prepare the soil by digging and removing weeds, and then dig trenches 12cm deep and 60cm apart. Plant your potatoes 30cm apart and cover them with soil to fill the trench. When the shoots reach 20cm tall, “earth them up” by using a rake, hoe or spade to mound soil up around the bases of the shoots, covering the stems half way.


Maincrop potato varieties occupy the ground longer than other kinds, but produce the heaviest yields, often with very large tubers ideal for baking. Typically, they are planted in April and harvested from August to October.

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Advice on buying Maris Piper potatoes

  • Seed potatoes are usually available to buy from January
  • Choose firm potatoes with no signs of mould or disease
  • Store the potatoes in a cool, light place to ‘chit them’ (develop shoots) before planting

Where to buy Maris Piper potatoes

How to grow Solanum 'Maris Piper'

  • Plant size

    75cm height

    75cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December


Do not Harvest in January

Do not Harvest in February

Do not Harvest in March

Do not Harvest in April

Do not Harvest in May

Do not Harvest in June

Do Harvest in July

Do Harvest in August

Do Harvest in September

Do not Harvest in October

Do not Harvest in November

Do not Harvest in December

Solanum 'Maris Piper' and wildlife

Solanum 'Maris Piper' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Solanum 'Maris Piper' poisonous?

Solanum 'Maris Piper' can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

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No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People