potatoes 3 different types when to plant them ??

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potatoes 3 different types when to plant them ??

Postby ananemka » Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:11 pm

Hi Im chitting my spuds at the moment , Can anyone give me a rough idea as to what date,s i should be looking to plant on ? I have 3 types to put in VIVALDI CHARLOTTE & CARA will i be looking at putting them in around the same time or will they be different as they are different types of spuds
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Re: potatoes 3 different types when to plant them ??

Postby peter » Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:31 pm

I normally try and plant all mine on or shortly after St Patricks day.
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Postby ananemka » Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:46 pm

many thanks for your swift reply :)
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Re: potatoes 3 different types when to plant them ??

Postby Geoff » Fri Mar 13, 2009 8:46 am

Please amend your profile to tell us where you are. My First Earlies are already planted, the rest (including Charlotte) will go in the first week in April.
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Re: potatoes 3 different types when to plant them ??

Postby ananemka » Fri Mar 13, 2009 5:13 pm

sorry Geoff not very good on the pc im in northamptonshire . so i should be planting them around now . which would you plant first ?
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Re: potatoes 3 different types when to plant them ??

Postby Geoff » Fri Mar 13, 2009 5:23 pm

Vivaldi and Charlotte are both Second Earlies and Cara is a Maincrop so goes in last. As you haven't got a First Early I guess Charlotte should go in first, I'm not familiar with Vivaldi but I believe it keeps. Perhaps Chantal from Rugby can give you a planting date, if you can cloche them I'd try a few Charlotte in a week or so.
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Re: potatoes 3 different types when to plant them ??

Postby ananemka » Fri Mar 13, 2009 5:45 pm

Thanks very much Geoff for your rapid reply . I think i read some where you should dig over your potatoe patch a week or so before planting if so that could well be my weekends work many thanks again from a complete newcomer to veg growing . It a bit of a learning curve this year ,,,
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Re: potatoes 3 different types when to plant them ??

Postby Mike Vogel » Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:50 pm

Dear Ananemka, I know people who plant their maincrops as early as possible and their earlies last. It really depends on what you want to mature when. As a general rule, you can expect the following time-scale from planting to harvestability:
First earlies - 75 days
Second Earlies - 90 days
Early maincrop - 120 days
Late maincrop - 150 days.

So you can stick in half the maincrop and half the earlies now and expect to get a crop of earlies mid-June and maincrops mid-August. So you can plant the other half of your earlies mid-April for mid-July and the rest of the maincrop end April for end of September.

Of course, there's many a slip and the best laid plans etc etc, but that's one way of planning which at least has some logic to it. The main problems I find are:
1. the warmer the soil the faster the growth - so spuds sown mid-April catch up the march ones quite quickly. So I put the early-sown ones under fleece or polythene.
2. With dry sunny weather I find they are ready for harvesting earlier then I allow for. How early varies according to how much rain they've had.

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Re: potatoes 3 different types when to plant them ??

Postby ananemka » Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:06 pm

Hi Mike Many thanks for the info on planting spuds , I have 3 upvc cloches doing nothing at the moment so it could be possible to plant a few 2nd earlies now under these to speed them on there way rather than waiting a few more weeks and planting them all together and having a glut that all need using at the same time ?
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Re: potatoes 3 different types when to plant them ??

Postby George Gray » Wed Mar 18, 2009 9:48 pm

Another factor is frost. It can wipe out potato tops. They usually recover but it sets them back quite a bit. Find out where the last frost is in your area. This website will tell you if you go into Weather Settings:-
http://www.gardenaction.co.uk/
Plant the spuds 2-4 weeks before the last frost to avoid damage. Alternatively plant earlier but be prepared to rush out with fleece to cover them if there is a frost warning. (if you grow a lot of spuds that will be a lot of fleece!)
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Re: potatoes 3 different types when to plant them ??

Postby Primrose » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:07 pm

Do planting times vary if your're planting in plastic potato sacks which I'm doing this year for the first time? I imagine that in outdoor planted sacks the compost could become more easily chilled than potatoes might be in the soil underground. I've got a covered potting shed area in which I could keep them temporarily but it's draughty and gets no sun, so might be worse than keeping outdoors against a sheltered house wall?
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