Crookes is asking whether or not any garden centre can beat 72 varieties in stock. He said: "That's what I found when I called into Trefhedyn Garden Centre in Newcastle Emlyn, west Wales, recently. Their total floor space was extremely limited, yet somehow they had created 'Potato heaven' with a real buzz around all their closely packed sacks of seed."
Crookes's tips for selling seed potatoes include:
- "Show your customers how to grow potatoes in a pot. Use a 'here's one I made earlier' display. This builds customer confidence and opens up opportunities for linked sales."
- "Linked products such as pots, compost, fertiliser, books and frost protection all need positive promotion and explanation alongside your seed potatoes."
- "Hold a potato festival - bring out the bunting, organise a potato-themed quiz or treasure hunt, a potato tasting and demonstrations."