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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2010 6:02 pm    Post subject: when to harvest first earlies. Reply with quote

I have read in lots of places that you harvest first earlies when they start flowering. However the other half has read that if you do it then, you get green potatoes. What is the usual way?
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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2010 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You normally harvest earlies about sixteen weeks after planting ( a rough guide ) Also I usually steal some potatoes from the stalks as soon as they are big enough to eat, I would imagine the reason the spuds were green was due to inadequate earthing up.
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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2010 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that, you have settled an argument there. Smile Can you tell when they are ready from the stalks/flowers?
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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2010 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can with the maincrop as the stalks will begin to die back, however the earlies can be eaten as soon as they are big enough. Claw back some earth and have a look at the tubers after about three months this will give you a good indication.
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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2010 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the help. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a sneek preview at my first earlies today (home gaurds) and i though they would be a lot further on then they are, they were planted on the 12th march and they are still the size of marbels. So I'm thinking another month or so, how are the rest of you getting on.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

maturity of early potatoes can be deceptive and hard to predict. A good guide is when you see some of the older leaves on stalks going yellow and withering. Early potatoes are dependent on a certain minimum number of warm sunny days to grow to a fair size. Having said all that the early potato crop can grow from marble size to lemon size in one week. They are best left a little longer so that they drop off the stalk easier. The best practical guide is to probe with your hands for the biggest potato and judge it from that. Leaving the potatoes on the stalk for afew days after they reach full size improves flavour and eating quality. As yuo will not be eating all the potatoes at one go dig the first lot as soon as they are big enough. They can double in size in 4-5 days in good growing conditions. Some varieties do not produce blossom.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:48 pm    Post subject: Early Potatoes Reply with quote

Is it just me, or are the first earlier very far behind this year. I had a poke around the other day and all I could find were finger nail spuds. This time last year they were the size of hens eggs. I guess they need sun?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the early potatoes are 2-3 weeks later than normal, they need plenty heat to swell. We must be patient.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i always wait for the flowers to fall off before i start harvesting
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I planted mine around St Patricks Day (homeguards). They still haven't flowered. Should I go ahead and harvest. Plants are all very big and healthy, but are now starting to bend and break under their own weight! Sad
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

patience grasshopper.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought they would be well ready, no? 12 weeks for first earlies isn't it?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have nearly finished eating mine! Been harvesting them for the last month and the last of the Sharpes Express are getting quite large at this stage
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