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Size of seed potatoes - would you gripe?



  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,857
    I think you've been had @Jenny_Aster but that doesn't mean you won't get a good crop.  Keep them somewhere light to promote chitting of new shoots and then plant them out in well prepared soil and when conditions are favourable.   I find it's the number of healthy shoots and their after care that determines the size of the crop, not the size of the seed potato.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,090
    I was reading the other day on a nostalgia site I belong to,  a man said they couldn’t afford to buy seed potatoes so would cut the eyes out of any potatoes they had for dinner, with a small bit of potato behind it. 
    At least I think it was another site, could have been on here? 😀
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    I think it was on this site Lyn, I read that too.
    If seed potatoes are large ones it's in order to cut them in half if they have several eyes and most do. 
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • ManderMander Posts: 344
    I've never actually bought seed potatoes, but I have had a good sized bag of them out of the compost bin for the last several years just from the bits that I peeled off supermarket potatoes. They wouldn't win any prizes for the most beautiful or biggest crop but they were fine to eat.

    I might try buying some this year and comparing the results.
  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,721
    I buy a lot of seed potatoes and I much prefer small ones to large I don't think you'll have any problem with those, though January is very early to have them chitting.
  • Jenny_AsterJenny_Aster Posts: 935
    edited June 2022
    Hark how I moaned! I'm very excited to discover these little beauties; destined for tonight's dinner  :p

    I'll take it back all that I said! :)

    Trying to be the person my dog thinks I am! 

    Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border.
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    I'm not surprised you're excited, I would be too. Hope you enjoy them.
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,446
    When I planted out the sweet peas, I discovered a few small  salad type potatoes left  in the ground.  Not wanting to waste them, I potted them.  Today I have put 5 in a builders bag, alternating sieved top soil I was given and the contents of a compost heap and some BFB.  Yes, they will be late, but they are on a piece of land that was doing nothing anyway, and all I need to remember is to water.   Apart from a handful of fertiliser , it cost me nothing, so we will see what happerns.
  • a seed potato i used a few years ago was 1.8 lbs /0.8 kg
    I got over 80 lbs of potatoes from it

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