growing potatoes

joan smyth asked 10 years ago

I’ve grown Nicola potatoes in the same ground for the last two seasons and wonder can they be put there again for the third season. I’ve heard where they should be moved to a different spot every couple of years. Nothing else has ever been grown in this particular bit of ground.

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
It is best to move potatoes in a rotation to new ground as there is a danger of a build up of potato eelworm which results in stunted plants and few small potatoes.

This pest overwinters in the soil and builds up in numbers over the years.

‘Nicola’ is resistant to the yellow eelworm which is the most common but not to the white form. ‘Sante’ is resitant to both.