people buy "seed" potatoes. These are just small potatoes which
have been certified as virus free. When you receive them usually in
February, set them with the rose "eyes" uppermost in a light
frost-free place. They will begin to sprout in about 6 weeks. Once the
sprouts are about 2cm/3/4" long plant as below.
Ground - Plant the whole sprouted potato, sprouts up, about
12cm/5" deep and at least 30cm/12" apart in rows at least
60cm/2ft apart or in groups/blocks.
- Best for growing small "new" potatoes. Use
containers at least 30cm/12" deep. Place a 10cm/4" layer of soil
or compost in the bottom of the container then rest the sprouted potatoes
(space as above) on top of the soil. Add enough soil/compost to cover them
by 2.5cm/1" only. See "growing on" below.