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potato problems

Hi, I'm growing potatoes for the first time, the plants are now about 18" tall maybe slightly more, but there is no sign of flowers yet ,aprt from one on which I think I can see tiny buds.The problem is that with all the wind and rain,and so little sun,some have become damaged,the tops broken off,and they all seem to be dying back...can I harvest them now even though they have not flowered?
Linda

Re: potato problems

hiya linda,i suggest you just leave them ,there will not be any potatoes on yet,if there are they will only be pea size.it is now too late to do anything else but prey.good luck.ray

Re: potato problems

Hi Linda,

I'm having the same problems, I dug up one of my plants the other day (Desiree) and seemed to get a good yield.
Like you, some of the branches have fallen over and yellowed because of all the wind and rain.
I'm tempted to dig them all up but am being told it's best to leave them. Trouble is, I don't want them all to go rotten. I'm just praying for some proper summer sun!!

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Hi,David....well I gave in to temptation and did dig them all up,and was pleasantly surprised at the quality and quantity of the crop-given the weather we've had it was much better than I expected.
Anyhow, I've dug the bed over now and planted celeriac and greyhound cabbage for later in the year.My main concern now is my tomatoes which I have in a grow bag,they're growing but very slow to ripen,again,lack of sun!!! Flippin' weather!!

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Hi Linda, I think I may do the same - the leaves on mine are now in a shocking state - I just hope I've got some spuds left underneath!

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Hi again, David, well mine were absolutely fine honestly...and very tasty... Tomatoes are now ripening slowly I'm happy to say...think I may get a greenhouse for next year.

Linda

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