|K-State Research and Extension Horticulture Newsletter
New potatoes are an early harvest of potatoes. They are immature and harvested about 6 to 8 weeks after planting. Check the size of the potatoes by removing the soil from the base of the plant. New potatoes are typically harvested when they are the size of a walnut. To harvest, dig the entire plant taking care not to damage the tubers. Allow the tubers to dry for several hours before gathering them. This will prevent the skin from slipping off the potatoes. Even after this curing process, these young potatoes do not store well for long periods of time. (Cynthia Domenghini)
Ward Upham runs the Horticulture Response Center in the Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources at Kansas State University. Other contributors include K-State Extension Specialists.