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Not sure what potatoes planted - when to lift?

Hi - I bought some seed potatoes from Wilkos, which went in around 5 or 6 weeks ago. They are in a container which is now full of compost 2 and a half feet tall. The plants are half a foot from the top of the compost. No flowers.

I'm not sure what variety they are - managed to throw away the cardboard label.

Can anyone advise when to harvest?

Many thanks.


  • a1cat
    a1cat Posts: 1,355 Forumite
    you could always dig a hole down at the side and feel around to see how big they are - this way you won't do any significant damage if they're too small.

    Otherwise, if you want earlies, 8-10 weeks would be safer. If you want a big crop, you can wait until the foliage loses vigour.
  • BaconandEggs
    They're in a platstic bag type container so digging round might be difficult. I could try and do this at the 10 week mark.

    Can traditional "main crop" potatoes be harvested as earlies and vice versa?
  • a1cat
    a1cat Posts: 1,355 Forumite
    Certainly :D
  • Barneysmom
    Barneysmom Posts: 10,123 Forumite
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    Ours are huge but still not ready. They're about 2 1/2 half foot over the top of the pots. I've just had a look and tiny flowers are forming, so a couple of weeks to go yet.
  • frugalmacdugal
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    once the flowers have appeared, if I cut the foliage down a good bit will it increase the crop?
  • BaconandEggs
    BaconandEggs Posts: 578 Forumite
    a1cat wrote: »
    Certainly :D

    Why are they often talked about in terms of earlies/main?
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