over-wintered potatoes?

anita9(8 Seattle)April 26, 2010

Last spring I planted a lot of potatoes. I ended up having to go abroad for work from late summer until Christmas, and my housesitter never harvested the potatoes.

Now I have a lot of vines coming up. Can I get a good harvest this year if I let them do their thing?

We had no sign of disease or anything last year.

They are mostly hilled with straw rather than dirt if that makes any difference.


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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

No inherent reason why you would not get a yield this year as well. The tuber is a way for the plant to winter over and live for more than one summer, same as with a flower bulb.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2010 at 6:33PM
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dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)

I've also got left over potatoes growing as I have in years gone by. They are great as they are very early new potatoes, scrubbed, boiled with a bit of mint and salt in the water, slathered with butter -- it's the best meal in the springtime.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2010 at 6:57PM
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I thought I would revive this thread, since a few Yellow
Finn potatoes that I left in the ground last fall are sprouting. I'm surprised, especially after that hard freeze we had in December. I think I'll just miss a few every year.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2011 at 12:44AM
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