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Re: Potato Help please

Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:08 am
by featherstick
I've never heard of that or done it. Sounds like a spoof. If you want big potatoes there are a few things you can do: use big seed potatoes, rub off all but 2 or 3 chits before planting, feed and water well, throw away the small potatoes.

Re: Potato Help please

Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:23 am
by diamond lil
I've grown tatties for 40 years and never heard of this? My dad didn't do that either, he had a big allotment.

Re: Potato Help please

Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:43 am
by Raven
phew...not just us who were baffled.
:s

Re: Potato Help please

Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:14 pm
by jansman
diamond lil wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:23 am
I've grown tatties for 40 years and never heard of this? My dad didn't do that either, he had a big allotment.
Dead right.

Re: Potato Help please

Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:51 am
by daylen
I had a quick look around and it seems removing the flowers is quite common to do but there is no evidence that it increases yield significantly or even noticeably.

It's mentioned on the RHS site - https://www.rhs.org.uk/#section-1

Re: Potato Help please

Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:36 pm
by jansman
I just tipped out the first 12” pot of new spuds ( Duke Of York). I let the flowers form, and the haulms keeled over of their own accord. Even if it were a good idea to remove the flowers ( and I don’t know one way or the other), I couldn’t be bothered to be honest.
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Re: Potato Help please

Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:54 pm
by Raven
Awesome, thank you I will let nature bee.... 8-)