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When the leaves of potatoes flower, Is that them ready?


By Jake_88

United Kingdom Gb

I am a complete beginner, and i do not know when it's best to lift them,



I think you wait until they've finished flowering and the foliage dies back.

I planted mine in a tub in late March in a greenhouse. They're now about 3'x3' and have flower buds on them. I think I'll be having extra-new potatoes this year!

7 May, 2009


Hi Jake depending on when you planed I would wait a while yet - probably June or even early July... if they are in the ground (as opposed to a potato grow sack) you could try uncovering one of the tatties at the end of the drill in a few weeks time to see how they look.

7 May, 2009


I agree with Rydeboyz when the flowers go over, it depends on what you want, a good heavy crop of sizeable potatoes to feed a family! or a tasty small new potato as a special luxury, but if you pick them too small they will be rather tasteless. for the tasty early I'd say after the flower has died back.

7 May, 2009


Of course what we all forgot to ask you is are these 1st early 2nd early or main crop - it does make a difference to the harvesting time :-)

7 May, 2009

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