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Soil To Table: When Are Potatoes Ready To Harvest?

by Toni Olukiran

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For green fingers out there planting their own produce, there comes the time when you decide when your plants have reached their peak and ready for harvest — so when are potatoes ready? Read on for your questions answered. 

Versatile, comforting and always delicious, potatoes are a welcome addition to any meal and is capable of being the star of many dishes. If you’ve settled on growing your own potatoes, you may be wondering when is the best time to plant them, and when is best to harvest. 

When is the best time to plant potatoes?

Potatoes need lots of sunlight, so the best time of the year to plant potatoes is generally in spring, though the month may depend on what variety of potato you are trying to grow. Generally, March is good for planting earlies, while big maincrop potatoes like maris pipers are best planted in late April. 

When are potatoes ready to harvest?

Potatoes should be ready to harvest in the summer. Earlies can be expected to be ready in late June and July, while bigger maincrops from August all the way to the beginning of October. 

How do you know when potatoes are ready to harvest?

Early potatoes are ready when flowers are open and in bloom, while with maincrops, wait for the leaves around to turn yellow. 

Got any other questions? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Toni Olukiran
by Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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