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How to Harvest Potatoes in 3 Steps

Are you a newbie gardener that got ahead of themselves and planted potatoes before doing research?

Diving in headfirst without performing some initial research can have you staring at fully grown potato plants with flowers blooming, wondering what to do next.

Potato plants are root vegetables, meaning they grow in the ground as opposed to off the vine. You’ll have to dig up the plants to get to the potatoes when it’s time to harvest them all.

This can be a somewhat intimidating process — especially if you have no idea when to start harvesting your potatoes.

Keep reading to learn when you should harvest your potatoes and follow the 3 steps below to get them out of the ground and on the table.

When Should You Harvest Potatoes?

The timing depends on what types of potatoes you have. New potatoes are harvested early on purpose because they’re smaller in size and have more tender skin.

Mature potatoes are much larger than their new potato counterparts, and they typically have tougher skin.

Harvest new potatoes 2-3 weeks after the plants have stopped flowering. For mature potatoes, wait 2-3 weeks after the plant’s foliage has completely died back.

Cut browning foliage to the ground and then wait 10-14 days before harvesting so the potatoes can develop a thick enough skin.

To ensure your potatoes are ready, dig up a test hill and see how mature they are. Their skins should be thick and firmly attached to the flesh. Leave potatoes whose skins are thin and rub off too easily in the ground for a few more days before harvesting.

3 Steps to Harvesting Potatoes

Harvesting potatoes isn’t complicated. Just follow the 3 steps below, and you’ll be eating fresh garden potatoes in no time!

Step #1: Dig Up Your Potatoes

Once your potatoes are ready to harvest and it’s a dry day, take a spading fork, gently dig them up, and be careful not to damage them.

Step #2: Air Dry For a Few Hours

Brush off the excess soil on your potatoes and place them out on your kitchen counters to air dry for a few hours.

Step #3: Store For Later Consumption

Store your potatoes in a cool, dry place that’s out of the light and frost-free.

How to Grow the Best Potatoes

Are you one of the lucky beginners who decided to do your due diligence and research before diving in?

If so, our experts have a bonus tip for you to help you get the best-looking potatoes you can grow.

All vegetable plants need a nutrient-rich soil right from the start. Sure, you can buy super-cheap topsoil and take your chances with fertilizer, but your potatoes could end up pretty wimpy and malformed.

Choosing the wrong fertilizer, or even worse, not using one at all would spell disaster for your plants, and you’re likely to be pretty upset with the results.

That’s why our gardening experts here at Windwood created our special planting mix. Our planting mixed is used all over North Georgia and Chattanooga, TN.

Our soil is all-natural and organic. It’s composed of a special mix of:

Even Rock City and the University of Georgia use our soil, so we know you’ll love it too.

Stop by or give us a call to pick up enough of our special planting mix to start your garden off right!