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Post  nursekat424 on 7/5/2010, 6:17 pm

these are my beautiful potato plants (all blue variety). i so want to get into them but am trying to wait patiently untill it finishes flowering and the flowers turn brown like the growing instructions say. it's vdery hard!!!! the bags have this nifty little flap you can open and check on them but i'm afraid i might ruin something if i get in there and start digging around to check on them. oh its so tempting though to try it. i started out with 3 seed tomatoes in each bag. i think i got either 4 ot 5 plants from that.


flowers



bag #1



bag #2

Thanks for letting me rant
Crystal- who is inpatiently waiting to check out the potatoes.

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Post  Chopper on 7/5/2010, 7:06 pm

I harvested potatoes while they were still on the vine several times. How about a slit near the bottom and close it up with duct tape when you are finished?

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Post  nursekat424 on 7/5/2010, 7:12 pm

Chopper- will disturbing the "dirt" hurt any? the bags have a flap that opens for "checking how they are doing" acording to the instructions that came with the bag. i'm mostly worried i will open it and a whole lot of my MM will fall out and i wont be able to put it back or something along those lines. and if i cant get it back in will it hurt anything? thanks for replying and answering all my questions

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Post  Chopper on 7/5/2010, 7:27 pm

It ain't that delicate. LOL.

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Post  Megan on 7/5/2010, 7:30 pm

I'd clip off those flowers if I were you. Nice vines!

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Post  nursekat424 on 7/5/2010, 8:12 pm

ok- why clip off the flowers? and if i clip flowers how will i know when they are ready? since the planting instructions said "after flowers turn brown, they will be ready to harvest". i know on some plants clipping the flowers lets the part you want grow bigger- like garlic. is this one of those? this is my first year doing this. thanks

oh yeah- i went and opened the little flap and dug around in there. i found a very little tater, but it was to hard to get further into the bag- most of the plants seem to be on the other side of the bag. figures. i left that little guy in there.

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Post  Dietryin on 7/5/2010, 8:39 pm

so are we to clip off the flowers?

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Post  Wyldflower on 7/5/2010, 9:58 pm

Thanks for the advice on the potatoes... I'll clip the flowers on mine...

Another impatient moment.... I have one tomato that is ALMOST ready... it's a stupice and it's the first one ripening in my garden. It's almost all red, except for a little bit at the stem end. I think it will be ready tomorrow.......

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Post  Megan on 7/6/2010, 5:29 am

The way I understand it is this: When a potato starts flowering, it is putting its energy into reproduction, rather than into its root system. If you have a whole field full of them, removing the flowers would be a lot of work, but when you just have a few....

Mine are Kennebecs which are supposedly a late bearer, so I'm just going to wait until the vines die back this fall. (Though I may do a little exploratory digging later this summer.)

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