Second cropping potato crops do not require 'chitting'. Plant them as soon as they are recieved. If this is not possible, keep the seed potatoes cold (min 3°C) until planting. Avoid planting in soil where potatoes have grown for two years in succession as this will increase the risk of disease. Prepare the planting area in a sheltered position in full sun on moist well drained soil. Dig in plenty of well rotted manure. Plant potatoes in rows at a spacing of 37cm (15?). Rows should be set out 75cm (2'5?) apart.Place the seed potatoes into 10cm (4?) deep trenches and backfill the soil to refill the trenches. Where space is limited, try growing them in potato bags on the patio.
When shoots reach 20cm (8”), mound up soil around the shoots leaving just a few cm showing. Repeat this process after a further 3 weeks. During the growing season, weed between rows and keep plants well watered during hot periods. Second early crops can be harvested 13 weeks from planting when the foliage begins to turn yellow and die back. After harvesting, store potatoes in a cool, dark frost-free position until you are ready to use them. Second cropping varieties will easily store until December for a lovely home-grown addition to your Christmas lunch.
We will do our best to ship your plants or bulbs to you at the ideal time for planting as stated against each product. We recommend that you prepare your soil, planting beds or patio containers ahead of time so you are ready to plant out, or pot on, just as soon as your order arrives. You will find the name of the variety printed on the top line of the address label on your package. Please ensure that you open the packaging immediately and carefully read through the instruction leaflet provided. For greatest success, please pot on or plant out as soon as possible, following the cultural instructions enclosed with your order.
The minimum weights as shipped of our packs of potato tubers and onion sets are as follows:
|Potato 1kg pack||Approx. 15 tubers grade 35:55|
|Potato 2kg pack||Approx. 30 tubers grade 35:55|
|Potato 4kg pack||Approx. 60 tubers grade 35:55|
Please note: Exact tuber count will depend on individual varieties, and on the actual weather and growing conditions experienced by the grower.
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