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Mommyof3
Jun 13, 2017 11:47 AM CST
My husband planted potatoes an now all the leaves are off the stem does that mean there not gonna produce or what we need to know if while we still have a little bit of time if we need to plant new ones?
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jun 13, 2017 1:50 PM CST
Did the leaves fall off, or were they eaten by bugs?
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Mommyof3
Jun 13, 2017 2:01 PM CST
Well it seemed like at one point they were nice looking leaves an then when he went out to water we started noticing holes in the leaves an the they turned brown an the stem r all thats left now the main stem
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jun 13, 2017 2:58 PM CST
Sounds to me like potato beetles. Nasty little critters that can multiply like crazy. Here's an article with a photo and some advice:
https://www.rodalesorganiclife...

Could be something else, but do check for these.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: kathy
Michigan
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
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katesflowers
Jun 13, 2017 3:24 PM CST
Hi @mommyof3, and welcome !
I have grown potatoes for years and discussed this problem at length with all types of farmers and gardeners. One old timer told me to wait and plant my seed potatoes until after the last full moon in June [avoids the egg laying cycle]; also, walk your rows after supper and turn the leaves looking for the brightly colored egg masses and remove & destroy; you should also look for larvae [mostly on the tender top half of the plant] which is medium brown and remove & destroy; and, rotate your crops, trying to avoid planting in same spot for 4 years, and plant resistant potato varieties like Pontiac Reds; oh, you could plant a trap plant - egg plant is an excellent choice - about 10 feet away from your crop.
You could replant, but not near the original planting. You should have time.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jun 13, 2017 5:07 PM CST
Yes !!! You have time ! Thumbs up
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