Q&A: What Do Potatoes (Leaves) Look Like When They Grow?

(Last Updated On: April 30, 2014)

Question: What do potatoes look like when they grow?

Answer: The answer is in the pictures here. Whenever you are growing something for the first time, it’s fun learning how each plant grows. This is my first year growing potatoes. I haven’t seen them grow before, so I didn’t know exactly what to expect to emerge from the ground. When the first leaves starting to emerge I wasn’t sure if they were weeds or the potatoes, but after a couple days it became clear that these were the potatoes. It took the potatoes a little over a week to start shooting up leaves.

The pictures you see were taken at 18 days after planting the potatoes. They have been growing pretty fast. Each day I come and look at them, there seems to be more leaves. The Adirondack Blue potatoes that I am growing even have a hint of blue/purple color in their leaves.

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3 Replies to “Q&A: What Do Potatoes (Leaves) Look Like When They Grow?”

  1. Are the leaves of the Adirondack Blue potatoes, poisonous like the regular russet potatoes

  2. I do not know the answer to that. I would say yes unless you find out otherwise. I will try and look more into it.

  3. Kathryn E Szwajer says:

    I live in the catskill mountains of ny and tasted purple potatoes this past summer i’d like to know where to purchase them. If they need to be purchased online and of course price shipping and handling.

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