Problems with my Spuds

Would anybody be able to explain what is happening to my potatoes as all of a sudden the leaves and stems have started to turn black and the plant seems to die.

I planted them about 2 months ago and they rocketed. A lot of them have flowers on them at this stage but whatever is happening is going through my whole lot.

Your advice would be appreciated.



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,819

    Hi Mark image

    It sounds as if it could be potato blight image  Have a look here 

    If you think that's the problem I'd remove all the foliage and bag and bin it.  Then harvest and use your potatoes as quickly as you can - they should be ok in the soil for a little while but they won't keep so enjoy eating them up.   More info on the link I gave.

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • Pottie PamPottie Pam Posts: 887

    Hi Mark,

    I saw the first signs of blight on my early potatoes about ten days ago. Apparently it's striking early this year. It was just a few blotches on the leaves on mine.

    I did as Dove said on cut all the leaves down to the ground and burnt the leaves. My family and I are eating the potaoes as fast as possible before the blight gets down into them but luckily there's a decent crop and they taste delicious.

  • Thanks for your good news! Looking at the above its blight alright.

    I wonder if its because I have grown them in my poly tunnel and with the humidity in there, my spuds are more vulnerble??



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