can i plant potatoes in pots now or am i too late

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  1. zebraone11

    zebraone11 Apprentice Gardener

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    hi, i really wanted to plant potatoes in pots .am i too late..thankyou
     
  2. terrier

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    If you can find seed potatoes then put them in. They'll grow pretty quick in this weather. When the flowers form give them plenty of water and you'll get a crop, albeit probably a small one. For feeding, as I top up the compost/soil, I throw in a few chicken manure pellets.
     
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    Zebraone, when the flowers start to form, cut them off. You want all the energy going to the tubers, not the flowers. Sorry to contadict, Terrier.:)
     
  5. terrier

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    You're not contradicting, David, that's exactly what I did a couple of days ago, usually when growing a plant if you want to give it a boost ,don't let it flower. I'd wondered what difference it would make to potatoes as the flowers are very small compared to the amount of foliage, so I went around my potatoes and took off the flowers from half the plants so I could make a comparison.
     
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    Be interesting to see - i don't take my flowers off - but my auntie swears by it.
     
  7. Mrs Bobs

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    I didn't take my flowers off last year and still got plenty of potatoes. Perhaps I'll take them off this year and see if there's a bigger harvest.
     
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    hiyer folks, on the subject of taters, can anyone tell me what 'earthing up' refers to?
     
  9. terrier

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    Drawing up the soil around the foliage of the plant so that the potatoes stay buried. If it's done as the plant is growing it should encourage side shoots from the main stem to produce more potatoes.
     
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