Purple Potatoes

by Scott Smith

Potato Flowers


I couldn’t resist digging up some of my purple potatoes the other day. I read that once the plants flower the tubers can be dug for ‘new potatoes’ but it wasn’t true with all of the plants. The first two had a few nice sized potatoes but the third one had hardly anything so I stopped.

Scott was unimpressed with the effect of growing our own potatoes. I thought that they had exceptionally good texture as compared with what you buy at the store. Maybe I’m partial because I grew them.

Notice the pretty flowers. These could easily be grown in a large pot on a patio or in a border and hold their own with the other more decorative plantings and then be dug up for eating in the fall.