Have you noticed your potatoes starting to flower? If so, then you need to remove them, let me explain.
Potato flowers are beautiful; there is no getting away from that.
But while they are nice to look at, you should still be removing them, ideally before they even get a chance to flower.
The simple reason is that any energy the plant expends on flowering and creating seeds is energy wasted that could be going to the tubers instead.
So the quicker you remove the blooms, the bigger your tubers will grow – that’s the idea anyway.
And there is science to back up this claim too, a 1987 study where flowers were removed found that:
If left alone, the flowers will eventually turn to seed. These seeds look like little berries.
A lot of potato growers are not aware that potatoes will produce seeds as they also reproduce through their tubers.
One important thing to note about these berries is that they are toxic and should never be consumed!