• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • r ranson
  • Nicole Alderman
  • Pearl Sutton
  • Anne Miller
  • Burra Maluca
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Mike Haasl
  • James Freyr
  • paul wheaton
  • Jocelyn Campbell
master gardeners:
  • Steve Thorn
  • thomas rubino
  • Carla Burke
  • Greg Martin

potatoes starting to flower - are they ready to harvest?

Posts: 55
Location: West London, UK
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Morning all,

My potatoes have started to flower..does this mean they are ready to harvest?

Is flowering a good indicator that they are ready?

Thank you for your replies

Posts: 3043
Location: Central Oklahoma (zone 7a)
forest garden trees woodworking
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Nope, sorry!

My experience with potatoes is from growing them in the far north (alaska), where we'd plant them as early as possible (late May) and dig them once hard frost killed the plants (early September). We always wanted and needed more days in the ground than we got.

But flowers? Our rule of thumb was to look for those by the 4th of July, after about 5 weeks of growing. So as you can see they aren't any kind of indicator that it's time to dig. You *might* have some small tasty "new potatoes" under those plants but nothing at all like their final mature crop yield.

Hope this helps!
He got surgery to replace his foot with a pig. He said it was because of this tiny ad:
Solar Station Construction Plans - now FREE for a while
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!