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    Does the Cooking is offline Seedling
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    Default When are Desiree spuds ready?

    Put some Desiree - red spuds - in large black pplastic bag. As green leaves came I covered them up with soil till bag full. Now have leaves adn stems above ground. The spuds were classed as early should I lift them now or wait?

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    Desiree are a main crop. They usually are reckoned to need about 16 - 18 weeks from planting. I only grow earlies myself but I would go by how the growth above the soil looks. If they are starting to wilt and dry up they are probably ready. If they are still going stong, leave them a few more weeks. As they are in a sack you could rummage below soil level and see what's doing.
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    They are not starting to wilt. Look healthy. One plant appears to be growing a tomatoe!

    Will have a rummage later. Thanks

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    If they're still doing well I'd leave them. The 'tomato' is a potato fruit. There have been several threads on them recently. Just don't eat it - they are seriously toxic. I think if you leave the plants another few weeks you'll get a bigger yield.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flummery View Post
    If they're still doing well I'd leave them. The 'tomato' is a potato fruit. There have been several threads on them recently. Just don't eat it - they are seriously toxic. I think if you leave the plants another few weeks you'll get a bigger yield.
    I agree, I have quite a few Desiree with fruit on at present but the foliage is still lush so they will be left in the ground until the foliage wilts. I think that because they are redskins they have a little bit of slug resistance so shouldn't come to much harm (famous last words) They seemed to flower very early this year, earlier than some of my earlies in fact

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    The foliage on most of my Desiree is just starting to turn yellow, so I'm assuming they're nearly ready. But some plants, about 3 of them, are just flowering They were all planted at the same time, so I don't know why some are so far behind?! It's a mystery, gardening, sometimes

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    As someone once (almost) said, it's a misery wrapped in an enema!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SarzWix View Post
    The foliage on most of my Desiree is just starting to turn yellow, so I'm assuming they're nearly ready. But some plants, about 3 of them, are just flowering They were all planted at the same time, so I don't know why some are so far behind?! It's a mystery, gardening, sometimes
    Ours are the same & like you all planted at the same time!!They have been considerate though & it seems the ready ones are next in line to be dug up anyway!We've harvested a few,but for the time being harvesting when we need them.
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