Seed potatoes fresh from the ground is a great treat for the home gardener. But, before you can harvest potatoes, you need to plant seed potatoes. Growing seed potatoes is easy and affordable and at Horticentre we know all about how to make sure you are successful at growing your own. For a wide range of Seed potatoes visit our garden centre in Overton or choose your seed potatoes in our webshop.
Choosing the right Seed potatoes at Horticentre
At Horticentre we know everything there is to know about Seed potatoes! We’re proud to have a wide range of seed potatoes and all the products you need to harvest your own Seed potatoes, easy, safe and quick! You can choose from many different varieties of potatoes. We can help you with all your questions about what kinds of potatoes grow best in your area and which ones have the flavors and textures that you will like.
How and when to plant seed potatoes
Planting seed potatoes at the right time is important. Seed potatoes growing in soil that is too cold and wet may rot while potatoes that grow in soil that is too warm may not produce well. It is best to plant seed potatoes after the chance of hard frost has passed, but while you are still experiencing light frosts. If you are concerned that the weather may get too warm or too cold too fast in your area, you can try chitting your seed potatoes to help get a jump on the season. Plant the seed potatoes about 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm.) deep and about 24 inches (60 cm.) apart. Light frost may kill any new growth above the soil line once they sprout, but don’t panic. This will not kill the potato plant and the potatoes will regrow their foliage quickly. Now that you know these few tips on cutting and planting seed potatoes, you can look forward to a successful potato harvest.
Planting seed potatoes on your Balcony or Pattio
Anybody can grow delicious home-grown potatoes, whether or not you have a garden. At Horticentre we are fans of Potato Patio Planters which are designed specifically for use on patios and balconies, or in small gardens. Easy to use and reusable, each holds about 40lts of compost and is suitable for 3 to 5 seed potatoes. Made from a tough, colored polyethylene with reinforced drainage holes at the base, handles on each side. Comes with a helpful growing guide to guide you through all stages of planting and harvesting your own fresh potatoes.
- Place your seed potatoes in a cool light place and leave for a few weeks until shoots grow approximately 2.5cm (1in) long.
- For each Planter you will need 40 litres of good general purpose compost.
- Pour approximately 4cm (1.5in) into the bottom.
- Nest your seed potatoes in the compost, with the shoots or eyes facing upwards and cover them with a further 6cm (2.5in) of compost.
- Keep the compost slightly damp but do not over-water and feed weekly with a high potash / low nitrogen soluble plant food.
- If there is danger of frost, cover with fleece until it has passed. When the shoots have grown 7cm (3in) high, add another layer of compost that covers the tips of the shoots by a couple of centimetres.
- As the shoots grow, continue to cover them until the compost and shoots are 3cm (1in) from the top of the planter.
- Leave the plant to grow, watering when necessary to keep the compost damp, but not soaked.
- The plant will produce small flowers – once these flowers have died off, your potatoes will be ready to harvest. Simply dig down into the planter to see if your potatoes are ready.
- Remove a few potatoes at a time or tip the planter out to reveal a bumper harvest. Now you can enjoy the real taste of home-grown spuds!
Find everything you need for the best homegrown seed potatoes at Horticentre
At Horticentre we have years of experience when it comes to seed potatoes, bulbs and outdoor plants. Our experts are happy to help you with any question you might have! Come and pay us a visit or shop online in our webshop, got any questions while being on our webpage? Give us a call so we can assist you!