What To Do About Frost Damage On Potatoes

Potato leaves are curled up and withered from frost

In the United States, potatoes top the charts as the most popular vegetable. Growing potatoes in the home garden is simple and these starchy tubers are easy to cure and store for use during the winter. Yet, one question often comes to the minds of potato gardeners. Can potatoes survive frost? Potatoes and Late Spring Frosts If you’re asking, “Can potatoes handle frost in the spring?” The answer is yes. Let’s say your newly planted seed potatoes have begun to send up stalks of green foliage when Mother Nature decides to play a trick on you. You wake up in the morning to an unexpected frost. As you check your garden, you notice the above ground growth on the potato plants is damaged. A light frost may leave the edges of the leaves black, but a severe frost can kill the growth down to the ground. Should you replant? The […]

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