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Growing Potato

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(Best months for growing Potato in Australia - tropical regions)

P = Plant seed potatoes

  • Plant tuber. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 30 - 40 cm apart
  • Harvest in 15-20 weeks. Dig carefully, avoid damaging the potatoes.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Peas, Beans, Brassicas, Sweetcorn, Broad Beans, Nasturtiums, Marigolds
  • Avoid growing close to: Cucumber, Pumpkin, Sunflowers, Tomatoes, Rosemary

Your comments and tips

06 Nov 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Sorry can't help you - try planting late April early May next year.
26 Oct 18, Tony (Australia - temperate climate)
Thank you Steve and Mike. Your comments much appreciated.
17 Oct 18, Tony (Australia - temperate climate)
As an expat Pom 52 years in South Australia, the only thing I still miss is is traditional "new" potatoes, with thin papery skins that can be removed with a fingernail.. They had a wonderful texture and tasted sensational. Only available in March/April, an annual treat. My question is, is threr a variety available here with these qualities and when would they be planted?
20 Oct 18, Steve (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi Tony, Sadly no, there used to be a supplier in SA but I can not find any trace of them now. A couple of things to mention: Kipfler and Pink Fir Apple can be quite similar if grown quickly, secondly the traditional Jersey New and Jersey Mids were certainly grown with massive amounts of fertilizers so I am not sure if that sort of thing is acceptable these days even if they still grow them in Jersey. Cheers from another old Pom
17 Oct 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I'd suggest you try and find the name of the potato you liked. Then look up potato varieties on the internet. I think most potatoes fresh out of the ground have a thin skin. If you are temperate climate plant Sept Oct and harvest 15-20 weeks later. Try seed selling companies.
10 Sep 18, Kashmir Singh (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Which is the best month to plant potatoes in upper north island of New Zealand, please ? Also I understand that the seed potato must be sprouted before it goes in the ground. What is the sprouting procedure please? In a cool dark place or any other suggestions you may have for me. Many thanks.
11 Sep 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
The north tip of NZ is sub-tropical. Not a lot of difference to temperate. The year monthly calendar says when to plant. It best to plant potatoes that are starting to sprout. Go to a nursery or farm produce place and buy from them. Plant in a furrow and fill the furrow in as they grow and then hill the soil up around the plant.
28 Aug 18, Niresh (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Which area is ideal for potato cultivation and where i can go for the cultivaton over 50acres of land
30 Aug 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try the internet for growing potatoes in NZ.
08 Aug 18, Ross Duncan (Australia - tropical climate)
What potato varieties will grow in the tropics? I live in Cairns & want to plant potato but not sure which type will grow here.
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