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Benefits of Early Planting Potatoes under Polythene

Posted May 02 2010 5:13am

Our Maris Bard potatoes are showing the  benefits of planting early under polythene.

maris-bard-9wks-after-plant

maris-bard-9wks-after-plant

  • The soil warmed up under the polythene and the seed potatoes emerged quickly.
  • Once the leaf was out the plants grew more quickly.
  • These potatoes were planted with only a shallow covering of soil, so that they warmed up more quickly, and emerged sooner.
new-potato-developing

new-potato-developing

  • This early initial development promises an early harvest!  Potatoes are already the size of a marble!
Maris Bard Potatoes

Maris Bard Potatoes

The potatoes are covered over if there is a chance of frost .  The leaves can be severely damaged or killed by frost, which would reduce the benefits achieved of early planting under polythene.

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