German Butterball Potatoes Growing (2-3 Weeks)

(Last Updated On: May 23, 2011)

I am growing three different types of potatoes this year. The German Butterballs are the ones I will have to wait the longest to harvest. And so far they are the slowest growing of all my varieties. They were the last to begin growing leaves and the plants are smaller than their Red Pontiac neighbor in the next row.

How Long Does It Take German Butterball Potatoes to Emerge
It took about 10 days for the German Butterball potatoes to emerge and begin growing leaves.

What’s Next?
Continue to water and weed regularly. When the stems reach about 8 inches tall, I will begin hilling dirt up around the stems, making sure not to cover up the leaves. The hilling is necessary to give the actual potatoes room to grow and to keep them from being exposed to sunlight, which will turn them green, rendering them inedible.

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