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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@jimiseven

I never mentioned Desiree.

My first earlies now 16 weeks old are Home Guard, Premier and Sharps Express.

My Second Earlies now 10 weeks old are Orla.

All varieties are not flowering,
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did a bit of rooting around the web Lius, trying to find a list of varieties that do not flower to no avail. All I could find was that there are indeed varieties that do not ever flower and that excessive fertilising and certain soil conditions prevent flowering.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apologies Lois. I meant to say Blowin 're Desiree.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@tagwex,

Well I can rule out soil conditions because I planted the same varieties in the sandy soil in Portrane and also in my raised beds at home with Mel's Mix, both sites have the same non-flowering result. Both soils tested extremely low in nutrients in February so I added manure, coffee grinds, kitchen compost and some chicken pellets but no more than recommended by the test kit.

I would be interested in seeing the list of non-flowering spuds as it is the first time I remember planting the three first early varieties (Sharps Express, Premier and Home Gards). I Planted the same second earlies (Orla) last year and they produced beautiful flowers.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well another week went by. Seventy days and could resist no longer. Emptied out first bag of Home Guard. Around 20 spuds of which 15 were a good size. Steamed em up with salt, melted butter and they went down a treat with the family. As tagwex said another couple of weeks I reckon yield would have been better. Leaving the second bag until then.

A few black spots appearing on the remaining bags but don't think it's blight but keeping an eye out. Slug patrol last night got around 10.
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