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LadySlip

Maincrop potatoes

...when would we normally lift? Am really thrown with planting so very late......end May    they've flowered and are showing big pod things......it's been a good while since we had maincrops with a view to storing and I don't want to get it wrong but think they should have a good while yet?
Digindeep

Anytime over the next few weeks L/Slip, I usually allow at least sixteen weeks from planting. All depending on weather of course, they can be dug as and when required. However you have to also bear in mind the longer they are in the ground there is more chance of wireworm, slugs and so on attacking them.
LadySlip

Thank you Diggers......i'll have a scrabble around see what they're like with a view to lifting them. Let me ask...do you cut the foliage back and leave for a couple of weeks prior to lifting? Don't want to get this wrong having had a cracking crop of potatoes throughout the summer months.......
Grew Casablanca and Anya and both have been superb...forgotten which maincrop tho....poss Cara...    
Digindeep

If your leaving them in the ground i'd leave the foliage on, as you say dig a couple up, check them out and make your decision from what you find.
I planted out my main crop also late this year, King Edwards, lifted them early on this week, fair crop considering how late they were planted.
Usually as the foliage drops, starts to yellow, is a good sign they really need lifting.
Only grew K/E;s and Charlotte this year, were still finishing off the Charlotte's, good waxy spud ideal with summer salads and even baking.
Tried the K/E's they as ever a great all rounder, even the tiny ones we roast in there jackets...
sapphire

Did mine late too.  Am digging them up tomorrow. Spuds are about the only thing that have done ok here this year. Forgot what types I put in  
ewal

Main crop Potatoes

If you are storing them you must leave them until the tops are dead, then they will be ripe
LadySlip

they are for storing and no sign of the haulms dying back just yet
ewal

potatoes

If you want them for winter use you must wait until the tops are dry. If you are going to eat them now OK.
LadySlip

   I do want to store as said so i'll leave them a while yet
ewal

potatoes

That is what I always do
A few weeks ago. My son took me to Methringham to Station Road Steam, and on the way I noticed some beautiful fields of potatoes . Mine haven't done very well this year. Its been to dry here.

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