Potato plants started flowering

by Pam
(Yorktown, VA)

I am wondering, in knowing it was not good for my brocolli plants when flowering, what do I do when my potato plants begin to flower? One person told me they had to remove the flowers each time the plants began to produce flowers, is this so? and why?

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Jul 18, 2014
I don't NEW
by: Mary

I'm no expert at potatoes, only my second year with a small patch, but I don't pick the flowers off and am getting nice new potatoes now.

Jul 18, 2014
To pluck,or, not to pluck NEW
by: Art from AK

Our local expert here ,on Prince Of Wales Island, says it is OK to leave them. Some will flower,and, some will not. All will make flowers. My German Butter balls are 2 1/2 ' tall at the present,and, half have flowers.

Jul 19, 2014
Leave the flowers NEW
by: Juley

I have tried picking off the flowers on half of the same type of potato plants before, just to see if there was a difference in the growth rate of the yummy potato. The result was no difference in the size of the potatoes of that variety at the end of the seasons. So, personally, save yourself the work, leave the flowers, and enjoy them and the pollinators they bring :)

Jul 22, 2014
potato flowers NEW
by: Anonymous

The flowers appearing on potato plants is an indication that potatoes are forming on the roots.
Have grown potatoes for over 30 years and have never removed a flower and have always had a good crop

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