Solanum tuberosum ‘Ratte’


  • Botanical name: Solanum tuberosum 'Ratte'
  • Common name: Potato
  • Family: Solanaceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable
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Second early potato varieties are usually ready from mid-July onwards, and may be dug as new potatoes to follow on from first earlies, but are equally successful as storing potatoes.


Solanum tuberosum ‘Ratte’ is a classic second early French potato variety. It bears long, smooth-skinned tubers with waxy, yellow, flesh. The potatoes are delicious steamed or boiled and eaten hot or cold.


Prepare the soil well before planting and incorporate plenty of organic matter such as compost or rotted manure worked in will improve yields considerably, as will a thorough soak two weeks before lifting.

How to grow Solanum 'Ratte'

  • Plant size

    75cm height

    75cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

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

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

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Do not Plant in May

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Do not Harvest in January

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Do not Harvest in March

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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 'Ratte' and wildlife

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

Is Solanum 'Ratte' poisonous?

Solanum 'Ratte' can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to Horses

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People