Are you growing potatoes this year & wondering when to harvest? Well, beyond the basic ‘number of days until mature’, there are some tell-tale signs for when it’s the right time to harvest your potatoes.
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To start with a good baseline, generally potatoes are ready to harvest in 60-90 days. However, this can vary greatly across different types of potatoes. You also have to take into account whether or not you chitted your potatoes.
Learn more about chitting potatoes here.
Technically, as soon as your potatoes plant starts producing flowers, it’s making little spuds underground. Give it a couple weeks, and you can start pulling test potatoes.
The first few small potatoes – a.k.a. new potatoes – are fabulous for roasting & a great way to start enjoying your harvest.
As time goes on, you can continue occasionally pulling potatoes until you’ve reached the desired size.
As a general rule, you can wait until a few weeks after the foliage has completed died off to harvest your entire crop. This gives you the best chance as big potatoes, but you risk rot and potential disease, depending upon the growing season.
Once your potatoes are harvested, they’ll need to cured in a cool dark place for about a week. This allows their skins to toughen for storage.
We just laid ours out on cardboard on the floor of the shop.
Once cured, you can bag them up and store them in a cool dark place for up to six months.
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When to harvest potatoes & the curing process
So what do you think? Are you ready to harvest some potatoes? It’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor!
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