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Potato Plants
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How to grow potatoes:

Seed potatoes need to be bought early in the year. They should be stood upright, blunt end uppermost in old cardboard boxes or fruit boxes. Keep them in a light but frost-free place for about 6 weeks before you want to plant them.

They need to be planted out in a sunny, well-drained position in deeply dug rich soil. Early and late-early potatoes are generally speaking more disease and pest resistant than the later maincrop.

Earlies and late earlies should be planted from early spring (traditionally on Good Friday) and the maincrop from mid to late spring.

Plant them when the shoots are 0.5-0.75 inches long and put them into the soil shoots uppermost to a depth of 3-5 inches about 12 inches apart for earlies and 15 inches apart for maincrop.

The rows should be 20 inches apart for earlies and 30 inches apart for maincrop. As the shoots appear above the ground earth them up. This protects the growing potatoes and prevents them from turning green.

Potatoes can be harvested from early summer to autumn. They are usually reckoned to be ready for digging when they flower.

Potato Blight

Late Blight in Potatoes
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