when to harvest Lady Cristl

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Grubbypaws

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when to harvest Lady Cristl
« on: June 12, 2019, 12:43 »
It has been such bad weather that I am unsure when I should start harvesting my Lady Christl. There are no flowers but that is not unusual and the foliage shows no signs of yellowing. Apart from having a guddle what do others use as a sign that they are ready?

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Re: when to harvest Lady Cristl
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2019, 15:04 »
3 things:

1) Time in the ground - should be 10-12 weeks, but obviously depends on growing conditions.

2) Foliage starts to look a bit bombed out, and begins to start yellowing.

3) When in doubt, you can't beat a careful furtle, the obvious advantage being you can leave the plant in situ to grow a little more if the tubers aren't big enough.
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Re: when to harvest Lady Cristl
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2019, 21:02 »
I have started harvesting mine. Some were in pots and I expected them to be ready earlier but I have lifted two plants from the ground and they were ready. Have a furtle around and see.
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Re: when to harvest Lady Cristl
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2019, 15:21 »
I had a furtle and they are ready in fact some are quite big. I have taken them all out at once as I have something eating them  >:( How long will they keep for?

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Re: when to harvest Lady Cristl
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2019, 16:02 »
Not really a keeping variety, but if you have somewhere safe from the rodents you could bury them back in the compost you grew them in and store them somewhere cool.

Failing that, let the skins dry and store them in the fridge, but keep an eye on them, especially if you haven't been able to dry them properly (don't wash them before attempting to dry them.)

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Re: when to harvest Lady Cristl
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2019, 22:43 »
Have a fumble underground and see if there are any tubers and how big. If there are suitably sized tubers, I suggest harvesting them sooner rather than later. I was on my allotment earlier today after a two week hoilday and there were slugs everywhere after the wet weather, and we are still stuck under a stagnant low so expect more rain (and slugs).



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