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#217322 - 06/21/2008 02:11 PM potato plants falling over and yellowing
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Good Morning! Our potato plants are turning yellow and laying over onto the ground. Until yesterday, they were doing great, looking healthy and flowering. Is this normal? Could it be that they are ready to harvest already?


Edited by BandB (06/21/2008 02:12 PM)
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#218202 - 06/25/2008 03:11 AM Re: potato plants falling over and yellowing [Re: BandB]
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All the plants or just one or a few? My experience has been that the turn brown slowly over a few days then get so dry that after a few more days the tops start crumbling and laying down. Dig one up and see what you have. The ones we grow take 3-4 months in a good growing season, less in a drought.

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#219783 - 07/03/2008 01:05 AM Re: potato plants falling over and yellowing [Re: Soilmover]
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Loc: Washington State, USA
I am having the same problem. One at a time they seem healthy, then the leaves start to wilt, then the plant just dies. The ones right next to them still seem healthy? I have not tried to dig anything up yet - they are only about 2 months old. I am puzzled. This is my 1st year of potato plants. wondering if I might be over watering, or wrong soil (compost mix from the yard & garden store). Any help would be appreciated.

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#219808 - 07/03/2008 03:14 AM Re: potato plants falling over and yellowing [Re: Linda_G]
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I think you shoud dig up a hill as suggested---one year mine died very quickly also---and i did not remmber seeing them flower that year either--well i had potatoes that year , just not as many.--

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#219906 - 07/03/2008 08:11 PM Re: potato plants falling over and yellowing [Re: JunieGirl]
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Mine are doing the same thing and have only been growing for about 1.5 months. I dug around a couple of them and do not have any potatoes. The leaves started looking a little curled a few days ago, then they started turning yellow and falling over. We just had a good steady rain all afternoon yesterday and through the night. This didn't perk them up any at all. There are no bugs on them or holes other than the tiny ones from flee beetles we killed about 3 weeks ago. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Steph

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#231028 - 08/28/2008 04:42 AM Re: potato plants falling over and yellowing [Re: 1001saf]
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Registered: 07/03/2008
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Loc: Washington State, USA
Well we picked our first potatoes today - they were very good. I still don't know what happened to my plants. Some died and some didn't. They taste so good, I will grow them again next year for sure.

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#236938 - 10/05/2008 10:36 PM Re: potato plants falling over and yellowing [Re: Linda_G]
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Registered: 10/01/2008
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Loc: Chesterfield, Virginia, USA.
Some times you think there is enough moist in the ground when there is not. At first sign check by just diging a few inches near the plant, you'll be surpriced.

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