Available May- October
PLEASE NOTE DUE TO QUARANTINE RESTRICTIONS SEED POTATOES CAN NOT BE SENT TO NT, WA & TAS.
Timing: In most areas seed potatoes can be sown from August to February. In sandy frost free areas they can also be sown during June and July. In cool areas sow 1 month before the expected last frost.
Preparation: Soil should be well worked up preferably to 25cm deep prior to planting so the soil is fine and friable. Do not plant where potatoes or tomatoes have grown last year.
Planting: Sow in furrows 10cm deep, 25cm between tubers and 75cm between rows. Sprinkle a complete fertiliser, preferably high in phosphorous on each side of the potato, using approximately 30gm per plant. Fill in the trench.Seed exceeding 110gm may be cut providing there are at least 2 eyes on each part. If potatoes are cut they should be planted immediately preferably into warm moist soil. Do not cut the seed when the weather is cool or the ground is wet.
Growing: Two or three times during the growing season potatoes should be cultivated to control weeds and loosen the soil. Do not cultivate deeply and drag some of the soil towards the plant.To achieve high yields and top quality tubers, keep the soil consistently moist during growth. Do not over water or allow to dry out.
Harvesting: Potatoes are ready to lift when the tops begin to die off.