Potatoes flowers

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Re: Potatoes flowers
« Reply #15 on: July 14, 2020, 21:55 »
I thought that when the flowers die, that's a sign that the potatoes are ready to dig up. So how would you know when they are ready to dig up if you have removed the flowers?

Ideally, you should have noted when you planted the seed tubers, then leave it an appropriate length of time from then depending on the type of potato (I heard on Gardeners World last week that it's 90 days for first early varieties, 100 days for second early varieties, and 120 days for maincrops - but have heard different timescales from other sources, although this gives you an idea).  Then you stick a fork or hand in and have a rummage  :D
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Re: Potatoes flowers
« Reply #16 on: July 26, 2020, 00:25 »
I remove potato flowers for two reasons:  1 the plant requires energy to turn the flowers into tomato-like seeds.  2.  I do not need to remove the seeds after they form.
I am happy to concede that it possibly has little effect on overall yields.

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Re: Potatoes flowers
« Reply #17 on: July 26, 2020, 12:11 »
Ideally, you should have noted when you planted the seed tubers, then leave it an appropriate length of time from then depending on the type of potato (I heard on Gardeners World last week that it's 90 days for first early varieties, 100 days for second early varieties, and 120 days for maincrops - but have heard different timescales from other sources, although this gives you an idea).  Then you stick a fork or hand in and have a rummage  :D
If you do a little research on the varieties you plant you should have an idea of when to start harvesting. The flowers indicate tuber initiation, so you know they starting to form.
With first early varieties, some can be ready to start harvesting after as little as 70 days but 90 is a fair estimate.
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