Christmas Potatoes

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Christmas Potatoes

Post: #276267 sleepyowl
Tue Sep 10, 2013 5:50 pm

I would like to grow some spuds for Christmas have I left it too late? If not which varieties are best?
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Re: Christmas Potatoes

Post: #276335 Pumpkin&Piglet
Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:26 am

Sorry, I can't help but I'd like to jump onto your thread so I can follow and do similar!

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Re: Christmas Potatoes

Post: #276337 diggernotdreamer
Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:45 am

I think you are too late now, they need to be planted by the end of July or beginning of August at the latest. I usually set aside a few earlies and leave them in the sun until they start sprouting again and then replant, I have had spuds for christmas and leave them in the ground and you can often still find a few that are edible into the first few months of the new year.

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Re: Christmas Potatoes

Post: #276342 Odsox
Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:26 pm

Not exactly Christmas potatoes, although there will still hopefully be some left, but these should start during the latter half of October.
Now that the nights are cooler they might just steer clear of blight.
They are Maris Peer and were planted in the tunnel on the 1st of August.


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Re: Christmas Potatoes

Post: #276349 seasidegirl
Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:57 am

These look amazing Odsox. I'm really surprised they do so well in the heat of an August polytunnel. How much and often do you water them?

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Re: Christmas Potatoes

Post: #276350 Odsox
Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:48 am

I have overhead sprinklers in the tunnel which I turn on for exactly(ish) 2 hours at a time, and it gets switched on whenever I think it needs it, probably about once every 10 days in sunny weather.

The reason I'm growing them (and so many) is that for various reasons I didn't grow any maincrop this year and recently had to BUY a bag of somebody else's from a supermarket, which totally goes against the grain :shock:
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Re: Christmas Potatoes

Post: #276379 sleepyowl
Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:23 am

thanks will know that for next year, what would be the best varieties to use?
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Re: Christmas Potatoes

Post: #276381 Odsox
Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:46 am

Any first early variety would be best as they bulk up quickly and are more able to grow in less than ideal temperatures.
As a rule of thumb, you can normally start to dig spring planted earlies in 12 weeks from planting chitted seed, but late autumn would probably need 16 weeks or more depending on the temperatures.
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Re: Christmas Potatoes

Post: #276391 seasidegirl
Mon Sep 16, 2013 2:41 pm

Nice. Be good to see how many you get.


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