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over-wintered potatoes?

Posted by anita9 8 Seattle (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 26, 10 at 14:25

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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RE: over-wintered potatoes?

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 26, 10 at 18:33

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.

RE: over-wintered potatoes?

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.

RE: over-wintered potatoes?

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.

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