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I have potatoes planted both in the ground and in bags, several varieties of earlies.

 So far, no flowers. I assume i have to wait until they flower to dig them up, 

im in Sheffield, anyone else got spuds ready ?


  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,037

    No, some varieties do not flower. Scrape around near the stem and see what the tubers look like, size wise. If they are big enough then use them.

    With main crops you can wait until the tops begin to die down, then go furtling for tubers.

  • Anne17Anne17 Posts: 98

    Thanks both, will fork and turtle in the morning image

  • Jason CookJason Cook Posts: 139

    I planted Accent first earlies this year and out of a whole bed 1 plant in the middle flowered but none of the others. You definitely have to furtle to really find out image

  • chris 172chris 172 Posts: 403

    Hi I have planted 1st, 2nds and main crop and regulary check by probing around in the soil.


    Even just to get acouple of spuds without digging up the whole plant Charlotte being my first tastes this year amazing waxy and tasty spud

  • Hi Anne

    yesterdays digging three rows good selection of NAdine second earlies deffo gonna plant these again happy gardeningimage



  • hi on the TV programme Beechgrove Gardens when the potato starts to flower they say remove them so that the plant concentrates its energy on the tubers.

    My main crop are just starting to die down now and i will be lifting them in the next three weeks before the slugs starting feeding up for the winter

    ps just realised there were a few Desiree tubers in the picture however not sure where they come from i must have mixed up some seed potatoes when i planted earlir this year 

    happy gardening 

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    Not necessary to remove the flowers, unless you have time and the inclination!
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