When I gave away almost all of my sprouting potatoes, I kept a few for just in case. They are still sitting in the garage...waiting. Is it too late to plant them? Can they produce a crop this late in the season? I don’t want to waste watering them if they’ll only produce top growth and no tubers.
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Post by gardendmpls on Jun 10, 2021 6:07:11 GMT -5
Showing a relatively new gardener and plant sale customer around the garden and spotted some volunteer new potatoes. He had been saying he would like to try growing potatoes, so I got a shovel and bye-bye volunteers to a new home. That was a relief. The volunteers always beg me to let them live and I succumb to their cries. Now I just hope there won't be more of these space guzzlers, so I can be potato free.
Abigail, all 9 kids grown and 23 little gardeners.
binnylou, Once the vines begin to yellow and die back, those taters are about as big as they will ever get. Dug some Yukon Gold at Dad's yesterday, vines were dead as could be. Taters were nice, but small because of lack of rain. Not feasible to water them due to location and it's doubtful I will plant them there again. If I do, it will be on the house side of the quarry where the well pump is. Water is crucial to size. The ones here at home are much larger.
How “dead and drying” can a potato plant be while still nourishing its tubers? One raised bed of taters has the plants fallen over and yellowing, but still producing new leaves.
The other raised bed still has green and growing plants that just recently bloomed.
I know there’s taters in the first bed…I just want big taters. I’m willing to delay digging them if there’s a chance for larger tubers. Gardening teaches patience.
I have many in the same condition but new growth continues. I saw a few flowers last week. Thats a second flowering. I am leaving them in until these die back. I have picked earlier in the past and an eye was still intact.
Have a great gardening day! hoe, hoe, hoe Pea Upstate NY, zone 5
I decided to dig the remaining 7 hills of Yukon Gold. A bit wet, but the ground isn't drying out any time soon due to the thick layer of straw. Got some really decent ones and this lunker! That thing will feed us for 2 days!