Record – Organic – 1kg – Summer Planting
Rough yellow skin covers this often misshapen oval tuber. Welcomed by growers for its blight resistance it is favored in the kitchen for chipping and roasting mainly but can be boiled and baked too.
Late sowing potatoes for harvesting at Christmas.
We can dispatch immediately, or in July / August if you prefer.
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Christmas Dinner – let’s start planning!
It may only be summer, but the delight of homegrown, tender new potatoes on Christmas Day is closer than you may think and possible with a little know how.
It’s useful to know what makes a winter seed potato. The simple answer is that they have been in cold storage all spring to delay their growth and taken out from June so that they are ready to start their 12 to 14 week plant-to-harvest cycle.
This means that a potato planted in July or August can produce your ‘roasties’ and new baby potatoes for Christmas Day!
It’s also useful to know that potatoes harvested in summer require a period of dormancy before they can be used as seed potatoes, so replanting these straight away won’t work. Potatoes planted in summer generally will not need to be chitted, although you can do if you want.
How to grow potatoes indoors for Christmas harvests
- Use a container at least 30cm (1ft) deep and wide, with drainage holes in the base
- Add a layer of potting compost or garden soil mixed with garden compost or well-rotted manure. A layer 10cm (4in) thick is sufficient for 30cm (1ft) deep pots, but larger containers can be half-filled.
- Plant one to three tubers per pot, each with about 30cm (1ft) of space, and cover with 15cm (6in) of compost or soil.
- As the foliage develops, earth up the potatoes with further compost or soil until the container is full to within 5cm (2in) of the top. Leave a lip to aid watering.
- Keep well-watered and feed with a general-purpose liquid fertiliser.
- Ensure the greenhouse remains frost-free as the season progresses, as potato foliage would be damaged by frost.
- The foliage will yellow and die down in late autumn and can then be removed and composted.
- Tubers can be left in their pots in compost (kept fairly dry) until needed at Christmas.
How to grow potatoes outdoors for Christmas harvests
- Follow general instructions for growing potatoes, including planting them in a trench and earthing them up as they begin to grow.
- Take measures to protect against potato blight and slugs.
- Once foliage dies down in September or October, remove and compost it.
- On light soils in a sheltered garden, piling some earth up over the row where you know the potatoes are and covering it with straw to insulate tubers may be sufficient protection to store them in the ground until Christmas.
- In cold areas, or where soils are wet and heavy, it is better to lift tubers by the end of October and re-bury them in coarse sand or soil in a frost-free place (such as a garden shed) until you need them.
- Lifting and storing potatoes in the fridge, or in bags in a cool shed, is possible but will cause the skins to harden and the desirable, delicate ‘new-potato’ flavour and texture will be lost.
- Potatoes are prone to scab and a number of rots but this can usually be avoided when they are grown in fresh compost in containers
- Slugs and snails can damage foliage, stems and tubers underground
- Potatoes grown outside in summer and autumn are especially prone to potato blight. Those in containers indoors are not usually at risk
- Keep an eye on the weather forecasts as early frosts will blacken foliage and weaken plants; fleece protection may be needed for outdoor crops.
So what are YOU having with your potatoes this year? Side dish of turkey, ham or nut roast? Let the potatoes take centre stage.🎄🎅🎄🎅🎄🎅🎄🎅