How do you know that your potatoes are ready to be harvested?

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Have you already harvested your potatoes? Maybe you did, but only if you have early varieties, right? In any case, the smoke of burning potato leaves is usually associated with autumn, specifically in September and October. Well, that is history now… but in any case we shall take a closer look at the potato harvest time and tell you how you know that your potatoes are ripe and ready. Potatoes are harvested at different intervals, which depend on the variety you have, the place of cultivation and some other aspects as well. So what is the growing season and what are the other issues involved in potato growing?

Potato growing season varies

The period from planting to harvesting varies, depending on the aspects mentioned above. So what varieties are currently available on the market?

  • Very early varieties with a growing season between 90 and 110 days,
  • Early varieties with a growing season between 110 and 120 days,
  • Semi-early varieties with a growing season between 120 and 130 days,
  • Semi-late varieties with a growing season between 130 and 145 days
  • Late varieties with a growing season of more than 145 days.

You can harvest the earliest potatoes within three months after planting while the late varieties require 4 or more months

plant-potatoesPhoto: Pixabay

Signals to watch for

How can you know that your potatoes have already completed the growing season? There are many ways to tell, but usually when the leaves begin to turn yellow and fade, you may harvest. If you have flowering varieties, you can harvest your first tubers after flowering. The leaves will still be green, but some very early varieties are harvested from mid-May to the end of June! Early potatoes have a thin and immature skin and contain lower amount of starch but also a lot of water and are not suitable for storage. Dried leaves are also considered a signal of ripeness. When the leaves start drying, you can bet that the harvest time is approaching. Do not leave withered and dry plants in the soil. It serves no purpose.

Get a pitchfork and get to work

Choose a rather dry time for potato harvest. Do not harvest during wet season or rain, plus the temperature should not drop below 8 degrees Celsius, but this only occurs when you harvest very early varieties. You may use a pitchfork, hoe or a classic spade.

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Radek Štěpán

Gardening is my hobby, I have a lot of experience and I am happy to share it.

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