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25/03/2013 at 11:01

Am i doing the right thing by holding on a bit before putting my pots in the ground, maris peers, due to the lovely weather!!!!!

25/03/2013 at 11:02
I think so, I'm doing the same as you, but itching to plant them...Please WARM UP!
25/03/2013 at 11:09

They been chitting for what seems like ages! Won't affect them will it?

25/03/2013 at 11:15
I wouldn't think so, mine still look pretty viable, I just try and keep them in a dark cool area (which is under a table in my conservatory) to prolong their life...As long as their not going really squishy or mouldy, then they should be fine
25/03/2013 at 11:23

Thanking you

25/03/2013 at 11:35

I was concerned about mine as well. So really just keep squeezing to make sure they are not squishy and do what i am doing now.

I do have them in my garage which is frosr free but cold, is that still OK?

25/03/2013 at 11:38
Rosa, yes keep feeling them and if possible try to stop them touching each other, as contact can cause mould to form. But your garage is perfect for them
25/03/2013 at 12:53

There is still plenty of time. I don't usually plant potatoes before April. You don't want their green leafy tops, when they appear, to get frosted.

25/03/2013 at 17:23
I'm holding off too. Wanted to get them in on Good Friday (as tradition states) but it's just not warm enough at the moment.
25/03/2013 at 18:22

Always wanted to create a hotbed, but their quite expensive and a lot of work arent they fish?

25/03/2013 at 19:19

Everyone here - IGNORE fish4

My neighbour says he always puts his in St Patricks Day - I have always waited until the start of April - might need to be later this year

 

25/03/2013 at 20:46

Mine have been chitting since January, some were bought at a potato fair and although most have longish shoots (2inches)it's all healthy growth.

I usually plant about Easter time, last year the weather was glorious. I'll be waiting this time for warmer weather, better to wait than risk losing them to frost.

25/03/2013 at 20:53

fish4card is a troll!

26/03/2013 at 00:17

Ok thanks fish

26/03/2013 at 08:58

With the greatest of respect, I must point out that potatoes do best in cooler temperatures

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Real-Food/2007-04-01/When-and-How-to-Plant-Potatoes.aspx#axzz2OdNuy0Sl

However, for those who may wish to try growing sweet potatoes in the UK, a hot bed is the way to go http://homefarmer.co.uk/hotbeds/ 

26/03/2013 at 09:52

Don't plant your spuds until all danger of frost has passed or YOU may lose them

Derek

26/03/2013 at 09:58

Oh yes, absolutely - cool temps as opposed to hot, but not COLD!!! 

26/03/2013 at 11:17

seema like i've started something here! Only needed a bit of guidance lol 

29/03/2013 at 13:55
So what month is best to plant potatoes. I am new to growing them
29/03/2013 at 14:04
Kerry Murray wrote (see)
So what month is best to plant potatoes. I am new to growing them

April-allowing for the fact that when the green tops are poking through the risk of frost has diminished

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