Got a spare patch in the vegetable garden that needs filling and wondering if potatoes will work or is it possibly a little late for them? Can you plant potatoes in July? let’s have a look and find out.
Can I Plant Potatoes In July?
Nicola potatoes are one of my favourites for growing at this time of year, they are great for filling gaps in the veg beds and also provide much-needed produce in winter.
A smooth-skinned yellow potato with a great flavour. Perfect for boiling and salads. One of the most popular summer planting variety, planted late summer for a second crop late harvest.
How To Plant Potatoes In July
You can plant second crop potatoes as soon as you get them, you don’t need to chit them first as you do with other potatoes.
One of the biggest problems you will have is finding seed potatoes at this time of year as nowhere near as many places stock them at this time.
The big seed companies are your best bet and the Nicola ones above were in stock at Suttons and shipping immediately last time I checked.
You can plant your potatoes straight into the ground in July, and in the nice warm soil they will get off to a rapid start.
If you are planning on these potatoes being your Christmas spuds then you may want to grow them under cover. You can grow in greenhouse beds or in tubs in the greenhouse if you don’t have beds.
You will be able to leave this in the ground and harvest at Christmas. For potatoes grown outside you will want to dig them up when they are ready in October before the really cold weather sets in.
Growing late potatoes makes them a lot more susceptible to potato blight as there is more and more of it around as the season progresses.
Growing potatoes indoors under cover vastly reduces the risk of potato blight as the airborne pathogen is usually blown in.
Blight is a serious problem and if you get it then it can overwinter in any potato tubers left in the ground, these will then ruin your next year’s crops and probably everyone else’s crops in the vicinity. You won’t be popular on the allotment site if you bring blight in so be aware of the signs and if you see it starting then take action.
Learn more about potato blight on the RHS website.