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Growing Potatoes in Bags
Mon 19-Oct-09
1:31 pm
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abigail44291
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Hello

I  recently acquired a kit of three bags with seed potatoes (Maris Peer, Nicola and something else!).  I followed the instructions and planted in August, covering the shoots that appeared with compost until the bags were nearly full.  They went crazy in September - lots of tall, bushy growth and flowers!  The instructions say harvest for Christmas time, when the plants try to flower Confused  I've had a bit of a firkle through the soil and only found tiny tubers. 

Have I made a hideous schoolgirl error somewhere?! Have the potato plants bolted? If so, is this due to the lovely weather we had in September and ultimately; is there any hope for an actual crop this year?!!

Mon 19-Oct-09
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Time matters with potatoes. They need time to get big. If it says harvest at Christmas, then leave the tubers in the soil to mature until Christmas. Even a week or two makes the difference between petite dollhouse size potatoes and proper ones. It is early days for your potatoes, Christmas is two months away yet!

Keep them frost free on a shed if you can to protect the crop..

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