What is the Grow It Jute Potato Planter Bag?
The reusable Grow It Jute Potato Planter Bags are perfect for growing and harvesting potatoes from your garden or patio area.
This natural jute-fabric planter has a simple, effective design that eliminates digging. Harvesting potatoes is easy using the front flap. It folds flat for neat storage between uses with carry handles for easy transportation.
What Benefits Do I Get Using Jute Potato Planter Bags?
Using a potato planter bag allows you to start growing potatoes much earlier in the year as you can protect them from frost. You can also spread your potato harvest over a longer period by using multiple bags and planting up new seed potatoes 4-6 weeks apart.
When your potatoes are ready to harvest, simply lift the flap and reap your rewards
How Do I Use the Jute Potato Planter Bag?
Using a potato planter bag is really simple and non labour intensive:
- 1. Fill the planter bag 1/3 full with compost and plant 3-5 seed potatoes in each bag (space evenly).
- 2. Cover with 4-5" of compost and water well.
- 3. Keep the compost moist and well-watered.
- 4.Every time green leaves and shoots appear above the compost "earth up" (cover with compost) until the bag is full.
When Should I Plant Potatoes?
The following guidelines cover planting times of seed potatoes (tubers):
- First earlies: Around late March
- Second earlies: Early to mid-April
- Maincrops: Mid- to late April
Timings vary slightly depending on early season weather and where you are in the country. Using If you are planting in containers, start even earlier.
Potatoes like a sunny site protected from frosts. New foliage is vulnerable to frost damage in April and May.
When Are My Potatoes Ready to Harvest?
Harvesting potatoes is a case of understanding which varieties you plan to plant:
- First early potatoes: Should be ready to lift in June and July
- Second early potatoes: July and August
- Maincrop potatoes: From late August through to October
- With early potato varieties: Wait until the flowers open or the buds drop; your potatoes are ready to harvest when they are the size of hens' eggs.
- With maincrop potato varieties, for storage: Wait until the foliage turns yellow, then cut it and remove it. Don't harvest your crop until at least 10 days later and leave them to dry for a few hours before storing.
- With maincrop varieties, you can get a higher yielding crop by removing flowers as they appear. This will divert the plant's energy into producing more potatoes and instead of producing any useless seeds.