Potato planting

LozLoz Posts: 69

Hi Guys

Is it ok to start planting my potatoes or have I left it too late?


  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    Do it now-if you have seed potatoes they will not keep.

  • Excitable BoyExcitable Boy Posts: 150

    Yeah, get them in now Loz - at least you shouldn't have to worry about frost unless you're in Scotland! You will probably find that yours will catch up as they're going into warmer soil anyway, so don't worry about being late!

  • LozLoz Posts: 69

    Thank you so much.....love this site!

  • YviehYvieh Posts: 85

    Hi Loz,

    I put my first ones in about 3 weeks ago!  I am in the South East of the country.


  • HuntertonyHuntertony Posts: 88

    I only put mine in a couple of weeks ago, when should I start to see some sort of growth?

  • Excitable BoyExcitable Boy Posts: 150

    Assuming that you put them in the standard 5 inches deep and you haven't had any frost then within the next week.

  • HuntertonyHuntertony Posts: 88

    5 inches below soil level?

  • Excitable BoyExcitable Boy Posts: 150

    Yes, give or take. If shallower don't worry, you'll just have to earth up more. Potatoes are very forgiving. I'm assuming you chitted them, but if not don't worry - farmers never do this and they seem to manage.

  • TJ666TJ666 Posts: 15

    btw its worth ensuring the holes don't get blocked up, e.g. if resting on soil.  I would put holes in the side nr the bottom too.  I had 2 spuds rot in plastic bins this year, due to blocked up holes.I have now propped the remaining up on bricks.

  • TimladTimlad Posts: 1

    hi all well my potoes are in but we had a frost here in the north west last friday        (4-5-12) it killed the foliage on my 1st and 2nd earlies (main crop not sprouted yet) but my question is will it have killed the potatoes as well or should they be ok

  • Excitable BoyExcitable Boy Posts: 150

    Hi Tim, they'll be fine, just a week or two later.

  • LozLoz Posts: 69

    Potatoes all in! as are my carrots and leeks, just about to do beetroot, quite addictive this gardening lark!! oh.....and I've had 2 eggs from my chickens image

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