Growing potatoes

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Growing potatoes

Postby Herbidacious » March 16th, 2018, 10:05 am

I took delivery of (a small number of) seed potatoes from Suttons, and put them to chit in egg boxes on my window sill. About ten weeks later, there is still barely a sprout (and nothing more than 2mm long). Meanwhile a packet of Sainbury's Charlottes in my cupboard are beginning to look like an alien life form...

Am I being impatient, or do I have duds?
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Re: Growing potatoes

Postby suffolk » March 16th, 2018, 10:35 am

They'll do just fine ... short sturdy sprouts are ok :) Potato farmers don't chit their seed potatoes :D
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Re: Growing potatoes

Postby Herbidacious » March 16th, 2018, 10:38 am

Ok. Thanks. May wait a bit longer before I plant them though, what with the snow and all...
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Re: Growing potatoes

Postby suffolk » March 16th, 2018, 10:42 am

Plant potatoes on Good Friday ... it's the Law!!! :tu: :lol:
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Re: Growing potatoes

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 16th, 2018, 3:42 pm

I love the alien lifeform description! :lol: You have to watch those blighters when they grow arms and legs!
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Re: Growing potatoes

Postby Herbidacious » March 16th, 2018, 7:24 pm

I'll be in France on Good Friday (I hope!)
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Re: Growing potatoes

Postby Herbidacious » March 16th, 2018, 7:27 pm

For you Tezza (although this is one I 'made' much earlier - not the current lot.)

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Re: Growing potatoes

Postby scullion » March 16th, 2018, 11:21 pm

the potatoes we planted today had very short sprouts somewhere around a centimetre. if they're too long there's a chance they could be damaged when being interred.
they were a very blight resistant main crop called sarpo mira.

i've bought a dozen to plant at home, too. i may plant them in old, plastic sacks - not the dustbin bag types, more like coal sacks and rubble sacks.
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Re: Growing potatoes

Postby Herbidacious » March 17th, 2018, 9:26 am

Mine aren't that long. I am putting mine in sacks intended for the purpose. I don't have enough room in my garden to put them in the ground.

I didn't bother last year. The year before the foliage was destroyed by slugs. I shall have to think about this aspect carefully.
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Re: Growing potatoes

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 17th, 2018, 10:36 am

My goodness Herb, that's a beauty! Did you name him? :lol:
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Re: Growing potatoes

Postby Herbidacious » March 17th, 2018, 11:34 am

No, Tezza, as then I would have had to have felt guilty when he/she/it went on the compost bin.
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Re: Growing potatoes

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 18th, 2018, 3:39 am

Herbidacious wrote:No, Tezza, as then I would have had to have felt guilty when he/she/it went on the compost bin.


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And to the limbed potato wherever you are :hug: :lol:
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Re: Growing potatoes

Postby Herbidacious » March 18th, 2018, 12:24 pm

Long gone. More RIP than :hug: ;)
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Re: Growing potatoes

Postby Zosherooney » April 26th, 2018, 5:00 pm

Whilst buying lawn moss killer today I picked up a reduced (sorry NLB !) bag of Pink Fir apple pots that are ready to plant for a quid !!!!! I have been offered an endless supply of well rotted horse manure but my question is do I put it in the trench, or on top of the soil, under the pots ??? Pls. advise !
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Re: Growing potatoes

Postby suffolk » April 26th, 2018, 5:22 pm

If it's really well rotted put it in the bottom of the trench and lay the seed potatoes on top. :D
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Re: Growing potatoes

Postby scullion » April 26th, 2018, 6:35 pm

i would be inclined to dig some into the soil rather than put it in neat at the bottom (or top), especially if you're earthing up, as the roots would be moving away from the manure as they grow up (and it might be a little rich).
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Re: Growing potatoes

Postby Zosherooney » April 27th, 2018, 6:31 am

Think I'll do a bit of each and compare and contrast. Thanks Scull and Suffs ! (Sounds like a pub name !! :lol: )
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