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For those of you close to an Aldi, these might be of interest:

http://aldi.com.au/au/html/offers/2827_12854.htm?WT.mc_id=2010-04-0...

There's a choice of Coliban, Sebago, Pontiac and Desiree. Whether these varieties will grow comfortably in Brisbane, I don't know.

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Comment by Lotte on April 16, 2010 at 19:26
How about we all take notes of how we do it this year, and then report back at harvest time?

Personally, I'm going to try growing mine in some special planter bags I bought from Garden Express last year. I'm going to add more sugar cane mulch as I reckon the lucerne was half my problem last year - gets too wet.
Comment by Lotte on April 15, 2010 at 20:49
Hello, and pardon my recent absence!

I too planted some seed potatoes last year, but I drowned them. From what I understand, you really shouldn't need to water them more than once every few weeks. I'd have bought these except, like you, I bought some Desiree seed potatoes from Green Harvest just last week. Mine arrived already sprouting a little bit. Much excitement in the McPoo household!
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 15, 2010 at 15:57
No because I had already ordered 1 kilo of Nicolas from Green Harvest :-( They charged $7.50, they have not started sprouting and they came from Victoria and turned up yesterday along with the Strawberries and some seeds. And here was me thinking they sourced their plants from Queensland. I am not a happy camper! But I do not have the space to plant more than one lot of Potatoes plus a few from my earlier crop, darn it.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 15, 2010 at 11:42
Quite a good idea, Larissa ... start with about one third full then top up with mix and compost as the plant stems grow - you can pack soil around Potatoes (and Tomatoes) stems and they will make roots and with Potatoes, then tubers from those roots. The tubers btw, are stem tubers not root tubers so perhaps it's the stems which increase in number ... whatever the botanical explanation, that system does work.
Comment by Florence on April 12, 2010 at 9:14
I don't think I will try potato again for a while... I think I will concentrate on things that have a higher possibility of success ... currently aiming at eating something from the garden everyday, and I think we're half way there. Just needs more leafy greens ~

I've tried potatoes twice, once with shop bought gourmet varieties, and once with seed potatoes... didn't really get much of a crop both times... although I think the 2nd time round it was too hot, too wet, and soil PH too high... but anyways, I would like to reserve the space for tomatoes this season :)
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 12, 2010 at 7:58
That's the theory - stick to certified virus free seed potatoes.

The results over time have been mixed anyway ... time of year, soil pH, aspect, fertiliser to name a few variables.

It's possible that when using bought potatoes, they develop eyes when they come out of cool store so it's not necessarily the best time to plant them. Brisbane being on the fringe of a suitable area, it's always going to be tricky to get a good crop. Never was micro-climate more important.

Already ordered a kilo of Nicolas from Green Harvest so I've got enough potatoes for the available space. I don't know which varieties are warm-adapted to grow well here so it's trial and error yet again.

Just bear in mind that Potatoes are in the same family as Tomatoes, Egg Plant and so on. Planting Potatoes in a fresh patch where members of the same family have not been grown would be a good idea. Potatoes would not just add some disease though, it would only be something which would affect other members of the Solanum family.

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