When to dig potatoes?
The timely harvesting of potatoes guaranteesits long-term storage with minimal losses. If the tubers are dug ahead of time, then they will be unripe and have a weak peel. With the retention of tubers in the ground, rhizoctonia develops, which can significantly shorten the shelf life of the harvested crop.
So, when to dig potatoes? The approximate time for harvesting early ripening varieties is from August 15 to September 5. The kopka of mid-ripening and late varieties can be carried out in the 2nd and 3rd decades of September. But it's best to focus on the condition of the tops, which will tell you the exact time of harvesting.
If most of it wilts and withers, thenthe tops must be urgently mowed, while leaving small penechki. In early potatoes, the aerial part is removed a week before the digging, in the middle and late varieties in 10-14 days. During this time, the skin of the tubers becomes thicker.
Residents of northern regions can not alwaysto determine the harvest time by harvest, as early frosts destroy the entire above-ground part. When is it better to dig potatoes in the North? In these regions it is better to focus on the average time for harvesting tubers or dig a few bushes. If the tubers are large, have a dense peel, then it is necessary to start harvesting.
Lovers of young potatoes can underminetubers already in the beginning of August, and in some southern regions early-ripening varieties can be eaten from the second half of July. At this time the tubers are no longer so watery and large enough.
Potato harvest can be harvested without cuttinghaulm. This method is used by most gardeners who have small plots under this crop and dig up tubers with a fork or bayonet shovel.
If the tops are not damaged by frost, then allDry the bushes preferably removed before September 1, and all the green leaves to rip for another 2-3 weeks. Try to harvest in a dry weather, without injuring the tubers. This will be a pledge of his long-term storage.