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growing potatoes for the first time,i put potato fertiliser mixed in with compost and the plants are now about 24in tall.Do i need to keep putting more p fertiliser when i am topping up the soil



I would say probably not, maybe when watering add some liquid fertiliser. Are they in pots or bags or in the ground? Be careful not to over water if in bags.

13 May, 2011


Do not feed at all Blencowe just earth up and water regularly if it doesn't rain.

Pam potatoes do not need to be 'fed'.

13 May, 2011


if the plants are looking a bit under colour use a seaweed based foliar spray....maxicrop for example.

14 May, 2011


We've never once 'fed' our potatoes with anything - if you prepare the soil properly and use plenty of organic matter it isn't necessary. If the foliage is looking yellowish I'd think it was one of two things, lack of light - potatoes need to be grown in full sun to do well, lack of water - again potatoes need a lot of water to grow well. Probably one of the reasons they do so well in Scotland.

14 May, 2011


As you say, soil preparation is vital whatever you grow.
Someone growing potatoes for the first time probably wouldn't do so, and growing in compost in containers has lots of problems of it's own, especially as you say, watering.
That's where foliar sprays can come in useful. Leaves absorb nutrients well and i spray the whole garden, vegetables and flowers, at least three times to give everything a bit of a boost.

14 May, 2011


thanks to everyone for their tips,the potatoes look very healthy,i will follow the hints givenand look forward to harvesting them

16 May, 2011


God luck!

16 May, 2011


thanks everyone for the good advice csssssant wait for the results its quite exciting as i have never grown pots before

16 Jul, 2011

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