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My Potatoes Have Stopped Growing


 
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clare
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 6:03 am    Post subject: My Potatoes Have Stopped Growing Reply with quote

I have a whole bed of lovely healthy early potato plants. (about 80 odd tubers)They've grown to about 18"-2ft high and just stopped growing. They're healthy - no blight, beautifully green, they're not being eaten or attacked in any way. They have no visible disease. One plant has flowers but the rest are just sitting there healthy as anything but not growing any taller. Is it simply the want of some sun? Or am I doing something wrong?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 1:05 pm    Post subject: spuds Reply with quote

Hi Clare

Your spuds will be the envy of the veggie growers world!

I grew some spuds a while ago using mushroom compost. The tops were a picture, lush green and very prolific. When it comes to harvesting them I was greeted with pea sized tubers! Too much nitrogen in the soil.

I would say that although the spuds are giving the impression they are resting, the activity beneath the soil will be hectic. You will be giving out boxes of the spuds to your friends (unless the wet weather gives us all blight!!)

PS, we all want some sun!!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks inishindie. I hope you're right!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 6:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My fears were illfounded. The potato plants never did grow any bigger, but we had a bumper crop in the end - in fact, too many - I've been giving them away by the pound. Next year I won't grow as many earlies and look forward to having a go at some main crops. My growing area will be twice the size by then (yet to be cultivated and bunny-proofed) so there'll be plenty of room for crop rotation. Thanks for the reassurance and I'll have more confidence next time!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to hear about your success with the potatoes, clare.
Hope you didn't have any blight.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Good to hear about your success with the potatoes, clare.
Hope you didn't have any blight.


I haven't been as lucky, most of mine have blight, by the time I got dythane there was some signs, I didn't want to use my sprayer as it's been used for fence freservative etc. I used a watering can in the end hopefully it will contain it.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I used a watering can in the end hopefully it will contain it.


I hope the watering can works out well for you crosseyedsheep. But I think for the fungicide spray to be most effective it must be atomised or sprayed. Its supposed to be especially good against blight if you manage to spray the underside of the potato leaves as well.
Fingers crossed. Smile
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