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How to grow potatoes for Christmas

Overview

Growing new potatoes for Christmas dinner is easier than you might think - you just need to plant them a little later. Some of the best new potatoes are grown from early and second early varieties, usually harvested in June and July. So, when planting in spring, save a few tubers for a later planting in June, and you could be reaping the rewards at Christmas.

Grow the potatoes in large sacks, as they're best raised outdoors in summer, then moved indoors at the first sign of frost.


How to do it

Preparing potato sack for planting

1Roll down the sides of the potato sack and add a 25cm layer of compost to the bottom.


Placing potatoes on the compost

2Lightly press the tubers on to the surface of the compost, ensuring the shoots, or 'eyes' are facing upwards.


Covering the potatoes with compost

3Cover the tubers with a 5 - 10cm layer of compost and water well. When shoots appear, roll up the sides of the bag and add a further layer of compost to cover them. Keep repeating this until the bag is full.


Adam's tip

Don't worry if the foliage dies down, leave the spuds in the compost and they should keep well till Christmas.



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Progardener 24/11/2011 at 15:29

I have been lifting 1st early potatoes, Rocket & P. Javellin etc,to be out before the blight arrives. If tubers from this early spring planting had been set aside, as suggested, for a Christmas ready crop,they would surely be sprouting out of the potting shed roof by now!(& produced babies on the bench).
Has anyone saved January seed potatoes till June without a coldstore? I doubt it. I'll have to try next year then, as the current years spuds wont sprout until December.

youngdigger56 24/11/2011 at 15:29

I think i,ll give this a try, sounds straightforward enough.new pots for xmas, mmmmmmm.

marjorie smith 10/03/2012 at 06:23

what is the spacing

Laird 21/08/2013 at 11:10

Can I plant British Queen seed potatoes supllied for next year now for eating this Christmas? Do I need to chit?
Laird