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Where to get?

Where can I get 'Sharpe's Express' seed potatoes to grow my own? Jos45, moate, Co Westmeath Posted: 20/02/2017

It is a popular variety but often sells out first. Just try all your local garden centres. The variety is still around, but it is impossible to know for certain where.

 

main crop potatoes

Question concerning main crop potatoes . I simply cannot grow them as eelworm gets them or at least that's what I believe it to be . They look fine until lifted and are then found rotten inside . No problem growing earlies though which is what I do the past ten years . Any suggestions as to how I can rid the soil of eelworm ? Have tried leaving it unused, jeyes fluid solutions etc . All other veg unaffected. Deckyoshea, Ballingarry Thurles, Co Tipperary Posted: 08/02/2017

Potato eelworm causes plants to wilt in summer and a gradual loss of vigour and small potatoes, not rotting. Rotting in mid-season is often due to blackleg disease, later on potato blight is the likely cause. Use certified seed and try 'Setanta' which is very disease resistant and high yielding, or 'Rooster'.

 

Harvesting potatoes

I have a small amount of potatoes,grown successfully.I will be going away early September for 5 weeks,returning October 9.Should I lift all the potatoes before I go or leave them in the ground till Oct.?How should I store them? Cavi, Athlone, Co Roscommon Posted: 16/08/2016

9 October is not very late. Leave them be.

 

When to harvest potatoes growing in bags.

Its my first time growing potatoes and the flowers are coming out on some of them. When do I harverst them? I planted them 11th and 28th March.(I have them growing in bags). 150620151, Limerick, Co Limerick Posted: 07/06/2016

When the flowers have fallen is a good time to take a few and see if they are ready, or leave for a week or two, depends on whether you like soapy or floury.

 

Are seed potatoes edible

I bought too many seed potatoes in my local garden centre. I assumed they'd be OK to eat, but it was suggested by a friend that maybe they'd be sprayed/treated in some way. tom, , Co Dublin Posted: 14/03/2016

Seed potatoes are not, to my knowledge, treated chemically.

In fact, eating potatoes can be treated with sprout suppressant if low-temperature storage is not used.

 

Potatoes

Can I grow potatoes in the same ground 2 years running? Have grown them successfully but usually skipped a year. Cavi, Athlone, Co Roscommon Posted: 12/03/2016

 You can grow potatoes in the same ground, but there is a risk of build-up or potato eelworm which eventually practically stops cropping. If you notice weak plants in a patch among the rest, it might be eelworm.

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