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My potatoes in the ground outside are peeping through the soil in places.   These of course will go green like this if left uncovered.  I plan now  to cover them again with compost or soil and I presume they will  then revert to being white and edible.  How long should I leave them to revert before I can safely lift them to eat?


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,222
    Hello VirginiaJoy. Can you just explain please; are you talking about the actual potato tuber or just its leaves? The potato tuber should not be showing above the soil at all if you have been earthing up regularly.
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  • HelixHelix Posts: 631
    I’ve never had a green potato revert when in the cellar, so I’m not sure they will turn back to white as now they have been exposed to light they have been altered.

    Cover them up sooner rather than later! 
  • SarahKateSarahKate Posts: 37
    Sorry Ladybird4.   I did not make it clear.    It is the actual new potatoes that can be seen.    We had terrific gales here for several days a little while ago and the dry earth and old sycamore leaves which I had scraped over them had blown off and left some of them exposed.   Have just noticed them now that they are almost ready to lift.    I did wonder whether the  (now) green ones would be edible if I covered them again for a time.  I have now done this so hope for the best.  
  • TheveggardenerTheveggardener Posts: 1,057

    VirginiaJoy, No don't eat them if you saw green potatoes in the shop you would buy them. They won't change back even if you cover them they are not edible you will make yourself ill. 
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,222
    @VirginiaJoy, now it has been made clear I agree completely with NannaBoo. You musn't eat the green potatoes.
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