The Garden Community for Garden Lovers

Middlesex, United Kingdom Gb

Hi All!

I am a bit confused about when to harvest my Desirees. They have now been in containers 20 weeks this coming weekend. Most of the foliage is still green. I picked one or two a while ago and they were still small but tasted good.
I have read that they can be harvested late July to early August but am reluctant to pull them up right now.
Any ideas?



Desiree is a main crop potato so I wouldn't expect them to be ready now. I would wait (if you can) until, at least the end of September or until the haulms die down. First earlies would be a better choice if you are going to grow in bags. They will as the name suggests harvest early and have shorter growing period. New potatoes with butter and mint are greatly appreciated when they are still scarce and expensive in the shops.

13 Aug, 2018


Thanks Jimmytheone

I have pulled up another two and they are still small. I will leave them in as you say. I need to space my pots out a bit better next year as I have had rather a gap between harvesting my second earlies and these. I have just put in some Nicola and they have started sprouting already.

Thanks again for this advice!

13 Aug, 2018

How do I say thanks?

Answer question


Not found an answer?