Potatoes past their sell by date?

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Debbie

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Potatoes past their sell by date?
« on: June 18, 2006, 13:55 »
I have just been given a large bag of rather well chitted main crop potatoes, is it too late to pop these in, and if they do go in when do I harvest??

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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2006, 13:59 »
Not too late at all - last July my plot neighbour dug out a bag of well chitted spuds, untangled them :shock: and told me to plant them for Christmas! I needed to clear some ground, so popped them in - and had lovely spuds in November :D

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« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2006, 14:02 »
So if I put them in this week say, I can digem up late autumnish???

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« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2006, 18:09 »
Time to maturity would depend on variety (early, second early, maincrop) - but you'll get a crop later this year sometime in the autumn! 8)

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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2006, 21:48 »
They reckon don't they that you shouldn't leave spuds in the ground after October, but say you plant them now, they should be ready before then as October is still 4 months away.

Last year I tried to get the spuds for Christmas, so I planted 4 in big pots and kept them in the greenhouse.  They didn't make it for Christmas, and 2 of the spuds died, but we did have them for New Year, so this year I am going to plant some at the end of july, and hopefully will get those Christmas potatoes!!!!!

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Debbie

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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2006, 09:48 »
Sounds daft but what do I do with the long chitty bits...I mean bury them or do they have to stick out. This is all a bit new so sorry for sounding dim.

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« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2006, 09:53 »
Hi debbie, don't think there's a stock answer to this one but worked for me on 8-11" shoots last year  :wink:

dig hole for spud
cover, with chitted shoots pointing up, trying not to snap them off :shock:
cover the ends of the shoots with up to an inch of compost/earth so they can break through to sunlight very quickly

Good luck! I feel like saying 'don't try this at home' lol :D

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Debbie

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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2006, 10:47 »
Thanks for this, I'll pop them in and see what happens....I guess they've got two chances.



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