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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:23 pm    Post subject: xmas spuds Reply with quote

hi all
i want to grow a few spuds in containers for xmas dinner
what do i need to do ?
what type of spuds should i use and when should i plant?
i harvesting sarpo mira at moment can i use these as seed?
what containers do i need, can i use heavy black bags, buckets, sacks?
do they allows need to be protected or just when there is frost about?
will a could frame, fleece, or clear plastic do?
thanks in advance all
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of your questions answered here listen2maxkeiser How to grow new potatoes for Christmas.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ta for reply verge
thing is i havent managed to get any of the xmas seed
can i use some sarpo that i have had in the fridge for 2 weeks and put it on window sill to chit? or will these spuds take longer to cum out of dormancy?
also what about cover ,can i get away with covering just on frosty nights?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the article i linked to


"However you will get away with using some of the smaller potatoes from your most recent crop or even small potatoes from a local farmer or fruit & veg shop. By using your own homegrown seed potatoes or those from an organic grower, you can ensure they will not be treated with any chemical to prevent budding. The variety "Orla" is to be recommended if you can track some down, as it is an early growing variety with good disease resistance.

You can carry out your own cold treatment on your seed potatoes by putting them in a paper bag, then popping them in the fridge (not freezer) for a week. Save your old egg boxes, rip the tops off, and plonk your potatoes into them right side up on a bright windowsill for about another week before begin sowing."


Sarpo's should be fine.

Frost is what does the most damage to the foliage, so covering on those nights is a necessity. Protection from cold winds is preferred as well.

If you are looking for seed potatoes you may be able to source some here....Seed potatoes



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks again verge
sorry.i should have read your link fully.
i am going to give it a go with some sarpo cos i dont want to spray.
also can you advise on saving seed for next year
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

listen2maxkeiser wrote:

also can you advise on saving seed for next year


Liparis is your man for that info. Smile He wrote a good reply on it here Collecting your own seed potatoes.

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