Fresh potato tubers harvested

When are My Potatoes Ready to Harvest?

The humble potato is a staple in many diets around the world. They can be boiled, mashed, roasted, or fried, and they make a delicious and filling addition to any meal. But how do you know when your potatoes are ready to harvest?

Best Time to Harvest Potatoes

The best time to harvest potatoes is in the morning after the dew has dried but before the sun gets too hot. You’ll want to wait until the plants have flowered and the potatoes themselves are about the size of an egg.

Illustration of potato life cycle.
Potato life cycle

If you want to test whether or not your potato is ready to be harvested, simply insert a fork into the ground about an inch away from the potato plant. If the fork sinks in easily, then your potato is ready to be picked. If not, then it needs a little more time to mature.

After Harvesting

Once you’ve harvested your potatoes, be sure to brush off any excess dirt and put them in a cool, dark place. Do not wash them until you’re ready to cook them as this will cause them to spoil more quickly. With a little care and attention, your potatoes should last for several weeks.

Close-up of hands holding heap of fresh raw potatoes.
Fresh raw potatoes


Potatoes are a versatile and delicious addition to any meal but only if they’re harvested at just the right time. Fortunately, it’s easy to tell when your potatoes are ready for picking.