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Dopey question No 64

My potatoes have chitted

?Are the shoots the roots or stems so do I plant with the shoots down or up

A very red faced New Boy 2

 

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,874

    They're the stems - point them upwards - the only stupid question is the one you don't ask image


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  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,813

    Thank you

    You were the first help I got when I joined so thanks Dove

    My buddy Dave has just got his first plot and is like a teenager on his first date !!

    Everyone is just trying to be Happy.....So lets help Them.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,874

    NewBoy image  You'll have to show Dave the way image


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  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    On the subject of spuds, should main crop go in the ground yet or is it still a bit early? Thanks!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,874

    Usually mid April onwards for maincrop potatoes image


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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,863

    I put my maincrops in last weekend. Took advantage of the fact it wasn't raining.

    Devon.
  • iGrowiGrow Posts: 183
    Tootles - you are not far from me and will therefore experience similar weather conditions, but as a general rule I plant earlies the weekend nearest St. Patrick's Day, 2nd earlies a fortnight later and main crop two weeks after that Nearest( so Dove's mid April concurs with my plans) unless weather and ground conditions dictate otherwise. No guessing what I've been doing this weekend.
  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    Depends on the variety of maincrop too.  I bought King Edwards and Maris Pipers from the same company, and the Maris Pipers said to plant early March, and the King Eds mid April.  Don't know why, but I just did as I was told!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,874
    Busy Bee2 wrote (see)

    ....  Don't know why, but I just did as I was told!

    I'm glad someone does - there's not enough of it about these days! image


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  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Not dopey at all Newboy, I've just searched for exactly the same thing and found your questions so now have my answer image

    But what if there are shoots all over the potatoes, do I put the biggest upwards?

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