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Flowering potatoes, when to harvest?

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QueenZebra Mon 04-Jul-05 13:43:10

DH saysd (his mum told him ) that when they flower they are going to seed so you must harvest, no point in leaving them any longer.

I have been looking on the I'Net and it says that flowering just means that new little tubers are getting started, so really, you should harvest sometime (like a long time) after flowering, to let the little tubers become decent size actual potatoes.

What do you all think?

SaintGeorge Mon 04-Jul-05 13:50:20

IIRC for new spuds you harvest not long after the flowers appear.

For 'old' main season potatoes you wait for the foliage to start to die back - another 6 or 8 weeks or so probably.

QueenZebra Mon 04-Jul-05 13:55:23

Ooh, that makes sense!! Thanks. Any other thoughts welcome.

throckenholt Mon 04-Jul-05 19:26:52

Bob Flowerdew was going on about spuds on Gardener's questiontime.

He said - you can harvest once you see flowers - no point before that. But also if you pick the flowers off you can increase the yield.

You can harvest any time from now onwards, right through until October (depending on whether they are first or second earlies, or maincrop). The longer you leave them the more prone they are to slug damage.

Also what out for blight from now on - if you see it you need to remove all the green stems, leave for a week and then harvest - and get rid of anything that has brown marks on it (and not in the compost bin).

Do you know what type of spuds they are ?

In this case MIL is not quite correct (but don't tell her I said that )

QueenZebra Mon 04-Jul-05 20:33:28

For a moment there I thought you meant a different Bob, Throck!!!

Bit about picking off the flowers is good to know, now if only i felt like strolling out in the rain just now....

throckenholt Mon 04-Jul-05 20:39:59

go on - you know you want too !

The other Bob always laughs at us madly harvesting spuds in mid July because we always get blight - he never does - even after Robbie was born !

spod Thu 07-Jul-05 21:04:27

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throckenholt Thu 07-Jul-05 21:11:11

desire are maincrop I think so probably best to leave them for a while - even into the autumn. If you are curious then dig one root and see what you get.

spod Thu 07-Jul-05 21:13:09

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