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How to Grow Potatoes

 

    Aspect:  Full sun

    Flowering:  n/a

    Hardiness:  Tender

    Soil:  Moist but well-drained, fertile


 

Where to plant Potatoes

 

Potato plants are best suited to a fertile, moist but well-drained soil within an alkaline to neutral PH balance. They are best positioned in a sheltered area that receives full sun.

 

Find out more about soil types and how to determine your soil type by clicking here



 
 

How to plant Potatoes

 

Amend the soil with organic matter such as well-rotted animal manure. Plant by digging a trench that is around 12cm (5in) deep. The spacing between plants will vary depending on the harvest time of them. For early varieties, space each plant 30cm (12in) apart and space each row 60cm (24in) apart. For maincrop varieties, space each plant 37cm (15in) apart and space each row 75cm (30in) apart.




 

 

How to care for Potatoes

 

Water well during dry spells. When growth emerges, you will need to start ‘earthing up’ which involves making mounds of soil around the plant. To do this, wait until stems are around 23cm (9in) high and loosen soil between each row. Using a spade or a rake, you will then need to mound the soil into a ridge along the row, around the stems of the plants. You will need to keep doing this as the stem grows. This process protects them from frost and light that will turn the tubers green.






 

How to propagate Potatoes

 

It is possible to propagate Potatoes by cuttings.

You can find more information on how to propagate plants by clicking here

 


 

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