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When are potatoes ready for harvest??

8 CommentsWednesday, 3 July 2013  |  SimplySeed

There's nothing to beat the taste of fresh new potatoes, however it's one of those questions that every new grower asks - "When are my potatoes ready for harvest??'

Actually it's not that daft, you can't see them like tomatoes and by harvesting early, you are beating all those high prices in the shops....


For First Earlies and Second Early varieties there will be no tubers until the plants have flowered, so don't even bother trying until then. Once the plants have finished flowering, then its worth trying a test dig.

Only harvest what you need for a couple of days at a time. Leave the rest to grow on - they will not increase tuber count, but the tubers already there will increase in size, its amazing the difference a week can make. The variety shown in the video and the photographs below is Arran Pilot.

Maincrop varieties are best left until mid-september onwards before harvesting as these are the varieties you will store and the skins need to be set first if they are going to last.



What is your potato crop looking like? Let us know with a comment below....

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John Brown
Wednesday, 10 July 2013  |  13:22

Looking good although some have failed to germinate just coming into flower

Wednesday, 10 July 2013  |  14:18

Hi, you don't say when you planted, but we did a note on this on the Facebook Page. This is one of the years that would have benefited from a late planting. Earlier (or should we say normal) plantings would have just sat in the cold and then the tubers can rot off.

Leave a week or so then have a test dig. In this weather they will be growing fast.

Ludwina Bhattacharyya
Wednesday, 10 July 2013  |  14:09

Is it true that the potato flowers have to be cut to get a better crop?

Wednesday, 10 July 2013  |  14:22

It can improve tuber formation, BUT only slightly. I am not sure it is worth the effort put in.

Ian O
Wednesday, 10 July 2013  |  14:38

My potatoes are chest high and flowering beautifully. If what's below ground is as good as what's above ground then I am looking forward to a bumper crop!!

Cathryn H
Wednesday, 10 July 2013  |  15:26

Just about to come into flower, our season here in the north is a good 2/3 weeks later and 600ft altitude plus late planting due to this years late season, but huge healthy plants; very hopeful. Keeping soil moist during our long dry spell.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013  |  15:55

Yes, water is the key, potatoes do not like being put under stress due to lack of water. However it is best to give a good soaking once a week, rather than little and often.