a discusion about exibition potatoes
I'm growing Winston (White) and Kestrel (Coloured)
I may also try Nadine and NVS Sherine for white and maybe Bluebell for coloured
I will be growing in peat in polypots bags, stood in a shallow trench which has been sprinkled with fertilizer and slug pellets
Not sure if i have any suitable ones for showing.... i might try my Edgecote purple.... then again i might pop up to the Ryton organic shop at the weekend and see what they have got.
I just posted this question in the "chitting" thread on the forum.... but does anyone rub the chits of their seeds to just leave about the top 4 or 5? My grandad always told me it gave you stronger plants.... but i don't really know if it works....i do always get really good strong chits though.
Just remember the first thing the judge looks for is condition, so even if you are not using a top make, if the shape and skin quality is good without blemish, then you will stand a chance
To get this, grow it in the right mix, not in the ground
we are growing kestrel nadine harmony blue belle bonnie and sherine, dont like winston at all, know its meant to be the top white but we never get on with it and it tastes awful. we are trying medwyns ready mixed potato compost this year. we usually mix our own with peat and added fertiliser but decided to give this a go this year, also using slightly bigger polypots, they should hold about 20 litres instead of 17.
did well with potatos last year so hope we can do so again.
I am thinking of growing them in some bags or planters or something. How do you work out when to plant them? Should i plant them at the same time as the rest of my spuds in the garden?
I was looking at Medwyn's potato compost yesterday, i think i may get a mixed pallet of compost from him including some of that.
Yes Winston do taste bloody awful, too waxey also
As for planting the spuds, yes, plant normal time, April
When they are ready, they can be stored and then cleaned the day prior to the show from your selected sets
Winston is always the winner of the White potato in all the main NVS shows
Always takes the National
Not many people try much else with the White variety
Quality show potatoes advertised in the Garden news
Winston is a must for the Whites and Kestrel for the coloureds but Blue Bell is a good second if you like colour, will look impressive on any local show bench
This is actually old Scottish terminology & it means setting up potatoes in a position of good light in frost free conditions as soon as you buy them & get them home in order to promote the growth of short stubby shoots. If you want earlier potatoes you force them by bringing the seed potatoes into a warm situation 50f or 10c. This will force the seed potatoes into growth. You only do this to obtain an early crop. As I said in my article the factor which is most important when you plant out is the temperature of the soil. If it is below 46f the seed will do nothing until conditions warm up.