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18/04/2014 at 15:41

Hi,

I put some maris piper tubers into a potato growing bag on 30 March. The shoots started coming up this week, see photos:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42675.jpg?width=204&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42676.jpg?width=204&height=350&mode=max

 im sure i read something somewhere about earthing these up. Is this correct and at what stage do i do this?

Thanks...

18/04/2014 at 16:33

Hi dj, do it now.  There's a frost due tonight and if it gets to the young leaves, they will likely turn black and die.  Earthing-up by covering all of the leaves you can see with more soil/compost will protect them from the frost and in a few days they will grow through the new earth.  If frost is forecast again after that, earth them up again.  Doing this will also increase your crop as the plants will send out new tuber-forming roots from the buried part of the main stems every time you earth-up.

18/04/2014 at 16:38

Thanks for the tip Bob - going out to do it now!

18/04/2014 at 17:00

Whether there's a frost will depend where you are, of course.  Leicestershire, quite possibubbly; here in Liverpool, very unlikely (I reckon we've probably seen the last of it here for this spring, he said recklessly).  But even if there's no frost, they should be earthed up by covering about half the growth when it's about 8" high, for the reason Bob gave.

18/04/2014 at 18:14

Steve, this property is at the Worcestershire/West Midlands border. ive earthed these shoots up now already ..

18/04/2014 at 20:18

Put my potato's in today. It looks like a burial plot.

18/04/2014 at 21:57

another Q. what does everyone do about feeding? i didnt put any granular feed in the container when planting them, and havent fed them since.

18/04/2014 at 23:05

I put well rotted horse muck in the bottom of the trench then a bit of soil over it so the seed tatties aren't in direct contact but only because my granddad used to.

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