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By 2nd February 2016

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Potato advice for beginners and experts...

John Marshall is Scotland's potato expert and he'll be on hand all weekend to offer advice on how to grow potatoes, what varieties, and when to plant what.

He arrives with boxes of potatoes for display and there will be lots of varieties you can grow on sale.

Fun for the children too as there's a large display of tractors to show how potatoes are grown on a farm.

Kids can also do our Crafternoon Potato workshop: https://www.glendoick.com/Be-Messy-and-Creative-with-Potatoes--event

There's not much John doesn't know about potatoes: come and quiz him about history, varieties, taste and anything potato....


GLENDOICK POTATO GROWING GUIDE  banners old Red Duke of York, Madeline, Arran Victory 3 countries potato displays-17

John Marshall   (WCF) & Ken Cox

 

Always use healthy classified seed potatoes.

Chitting for early potatoes

Unwrap the seed potatoes and place in a shallow tray or egg tray in a cool, light, frost free place, several weeks prior to planting. The seed potatoes will develop Strong sprouts (chits) which will help them grow quickly once planted. This is a helpful but not essential process for getting very early potatoes.

Soil Preparation & Planting

Growing potatoes is easy! Dig the potato plot in autumn or spring, so that seed potatoes can be easily planted once soil temperatures are over 8°C.

Earthing-up

When potatoes have emerged a few inches, pull earth around the plant with a rake, leaving peaked rows.  Earthing-up gives the plant more soil to grow in, stops sunlight turning exposed tubers green and improves drainage. It is also a quick and effective way of controlling weeds. Repeat the process as required, until the foliage is too big.

Planting and Harvesting Table

 

Maturity     Plant time            Depth    Spacing      Between Rows     Harvest

 

First Earlies      Feb-March       10cm    30cm           45cm                   June - August

Second Earlies  March              10cm     30cm          45cm                    July - September

Maincrop         March-April     10cm     37.5cm        67.5cm                September - October

Salads            March - April      10cm       30cm        45cm                     July - September

 

Blight   This can strike in warm humid weather, particularly on maincrop potatoes. Initial symptoms are a rapidly spreading, watery rot of leaves which soon collapse, shrivel and turn brown. If you don’t cut back the foliage the blight can reach and rot the tubers. If you cut back the foliage (shaws) at first sign of blight, you can leave the tubers in the soil for a few weeks.

 

GROWING IN CONTAINERS

A container 45cm (18in) deep and 40cm (16in) in diameter holds 2-3 seed potatoes.

Planting

Fill the base with 10cm (4in) of compost mixed with perlite to aid drainage. Add the seed potatoes and cover with 10cm (4in) of compost. As the plant grows, keep adding compost. The plant will grow through the compost and continue to form potatoes. When the plant reaches the top of the container, allow it to grow normally. Harvest when the potatoes have reached the desired size (check by feeling through the compost). Water well but take care not to overwater.

 

Storing Potatoes

Dry the tubers by laying them on the soil for a few hours once you’ve dug them up. Some varieties (generally Maincrop) are good keepers and will remain dormant and not start sprouting until April. The storage conditions should be cool, frost free, airy and away from light as this can cause greening. Hessian sacks allow for excellent air circulation, paper sacks are good but avoid plastic.

 

 

Glendoick Seed Potatoes 2016

 

2.5KG PACKS

Arran Pilot 1st Early

Duke of York 1st Early

Epicure 1st Early

Foremost 1st Early

Pentland Javelin 1st Early

Red Duke of York 1st Early

Rocket 1st Early

Kestrel 2nd early

Nadine 2nd early

Wilja 2nd early

Charlotte Salad

Nicola Salad

Pink Fir Apple Salad

Cara Main Crop

Desiree Main Crop

Kerrs Pink Main Crop

King Edward Main Crop

Maris Piper Main Crop

Picasso Main Crop

Sarpo Mira Main Crop

Golden Wonder Main Crop

Anya 

Rooster (Bartlett)

 

Taster Packs 10 potatoes.

ARRAN PILOT

CASABLANCA

DUKE OF YORK

FOREMOST

PENTLAND JAVELIN

PREMIERE

RED DUKE OF YORK

ROCKET

SHARPE`S EXPRESS

CARLINGFORD

CHARLOTTE

MARIS PEER

NICOLA

DESIREE

INCA BELLA

KING EDWARD

MARIS PIPER

SHETLAND BLACK (SECOND EARLY)

POTATO TASTER HIGHLAND BURGUNDY RED

INTERNATIONAL KIDNEY (MAIN CROP)

PINK FIR APPLE (MAIN CROP)

SALAD BLUE (MAIN CROP)

SARPO MIRA

SARPO AXONA

ALBERT BARTLETT ANYA (SALAD)

ALBERT BARTLETT ISLE OF JURA (MAIN CROP)

ALBERT BARTLETT PURPLE MAJESTY (MAIN CROP)

ALBERT BARTLETT APACHE (SECOND EARLY)