When should I harvest my potatoes?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
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tagztagz Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
I've got loads of lovely potato plants growing in buckets and some are flowering. I've seen on some sites that I can harvest them as soon as the flowers appear, some say two weeks after the flowers have appeared and some say after the stems have withered and died. I can't for the life of me remember the variety but is there a general rule of when is best?
I would if I could but I can't so I won't!


  • Janey3Janey3 Forumite
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    I left mine for a week or two after flowering and harvested then. I didn't harvest them in one go - I left some in the soil for weeks after and they were fine. It's only my second year of spud growing, I'm sure someone more experienced will come along and give us a few tips.
  • Rosebud24Rosebud24 Forumite
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    I have always been told to wait until the leaves die back, and it's worked for me on the few times I've grown potatoes. Also, like Janey, I left some in th ground and just harvested them when I needed them.

    Good luck, I hope you have lots of yummy spuds!
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