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Potatoes (again-sorry!)

This is my first year of growing my own and I'm growing kestrel potatoes which I planted mid February in a "potato bag" rolled down.  Since then I have been earthing up until the bag is full.  There is about 2ft of soil and 1.5ft of foliage which all looks really healthy.  I've had a little forage around (about 8 -10 inches down) and there isn't even a hint of a potato!! Am I doing something wrong or just being impatient?  The plants are not flowering either!



  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    2nd early-you are being impatient -about another month or so

  • LozLoz Posts: 69

    ok sotongeoff, if I planted mine at the end of April, when will I get my spuds, I have 3 different varieties, mine also have no flowers but they do look healthy image

  • Thank you! (and for the quick response!).  How long should I leave them for the main crop?

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Loz-it depends on varieties,earlies mature first second earlies next then maincrop last-sounds obvious but you can plant them all at the same time but they mature at different rates and times

  • LozLoz Posts: 69

    I know I'm going to sound dumb now and I apologise in advance but I'm not sure what earlies, second earlies and maincrop are....does it mean new potatoes first then inbetweeners then old potatoes from the same plant?image

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Not really-there are 3 main types and lots of varieties, what variety you grow will fit into one of the types-so you can start them all of at the same time but some take longer to mature for example- early rocket,2nd early kestrel, maincrop king edward

    This probably explains it better than I can


  • LozLoz Posts: 69

    Once again....thank you, bedtime reading me thinksimage

  • Wolfy50Wolfy50 Posts: 4

    Just make sure your spuds are well watered and certainly this applies more to containers.....dont panic if it seems there are no spuds growing,keep well watered and check again in a few weeks....after all,its pretty early yet!!

  • Mrs SMrs S Posts: 10
    Isn't it the case, that after they have flowered there are usually potatoes and this is when they need extra water too?
  • Green MagpieGreen Magpie Posts: 802

    Extra water?!! If your weather is anything like ours, that won't be a problem!

    On GW last Friday. Monty said there wasn't much need for water until the plants are in flower. I grow Charlotte (second earlies) which are usually just about ready by now, but they're very slow this year. Their flowers often fall off soon after aqppearing, but by then the potatoes are well formed. This year there are only a couple with flowers on so far. I'm hoping that the last week of rain will be plumping them up now.

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