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Potatoes and Flowers

I have 2 varieties of main crop potatoes - Roosters and Records. The Roosters are doing beautifully and in flower. I though that the Records were also doing well but they have failed to flower!! Gussy, Ennis, Co Clare Posted: 04/07/2017

Some potato varieties flower, others do not.


But it doesn't matter to the crop anyway.

  Slug damage to plant?

Slug damage to plant?

Most of my potato plants show only small slug damage to the leaves, but some (right beside seemingly healthy ones) are heavily stripped. I don't wish to kill the slugs, but I wonder whether its safe to just let them finish eating what they started, as the other plants flourish? Rossion, Dublin/ Glasnevin, Co Dublin Posted: 26/05/2017

The damage is severe to one plant, find the culprits and remove them but if you are prepared to sacrifice it, that's fine.


Cutting-grown potatoes; too many sprouts

I have grown potatoes from cuttings fairly successfully in the past. Reading about spacing, and hoping to improve the crop, I have cut back to soil level some plants (they are all just under a foot high) to give space to the others. However, as many of the stems are from the same cut pieces, I wonder if I have made a big mistake? No sign yet of damage, but I do fear! Rossion, Dublin/ Glasnevin, Co Dublin Posted: 19/05/2017

Any given area of ground will give the same yield... which means the more plants, the smaller the potatoes will be.

Cutting back shoots only sets back a plant and it re-grows but is weakened and will probably give small tubers.


Where to get?

Where can I get 'Sharpe's Express' seed potatoes to grow my own? Jos45, moate, Co Westmeath Posted: 20/02/2017

It is a popular variety but often sells out first. Just try all your local garden centres. The variety is still around, but it is impossible to know for certain where.


main crop potatoes

Question concerning main crop potatoes . I simply cannot grow them as eelworm gets them or at least that's what I believe it to be . They look fine until lifted and are then found rotten inside . No problem growing earlies though which is what I do the past ten years . Any suggestions as to how I can rid the soil of eelworm ? Have tried leaving it unused, jeyes fluid solutions etc . All other veg unaffected. DecfromTipp, Ballingarry Thurles, Co Tipperary Posted: 08/02/2017

Potato eelworm causes plants to wilt in summer and a gradual loss of vigour and small potatoes, not rotting. Rotting in mid-season is often due to blackleg disease, later on potato blight is the likely cause. Use certified seed and try 'Setanta' which is very disease resistant and high yielding, or 'Rooster'.


Harvesting potatoes

I have a small amount of potatoes,grown successfully.I will be going away early September for 5 weeks,returning October 9.Should I lift all the potatoes before I go or leave them in the ground till Oct.?How should I store them? Cavi, Athlone, Co Roscommon Posted: 16/08/2016

9 October is not very late. Leave them be.


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