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Old 04-06-2017, 12:21 PM   #1
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Last year on a whim I bought some seed potatoes from Walmart and I planted them and they did great. I planted them on May 1 and that was kind of late because soon after it got hot here but yet they still did very good. So this year I thought I would plant them a month earlier but Walmart did not have any at all. So I bought some from Amazon and I paid a lot for them. They came toay and although I can barely see eyes they have no sprouts at all yet. They are large also. Do I need to leave them in my shed until they start to sprout? Since they are so large can I cut them up into smaller pieces? Thank you for any help as I am pretty new at this.
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Last year on a whim I bought some seed potatoes from Walmart and I planted them and they did great. I planted them on May 1 and that was kind of late because soon after it got hot here but yet they still did very good. So this year I thought I would plant them a month earlier but Walmart did not have any at all. So I bought some from Amazon and I paid a lot for them. They came toay and although I can barely see eyes they have no sprouts at all yet. They are large also. Do I need to leave them in my shed until they start to sprout? Since they are so large can I cut them up into smaller pieces? Thank you for any help as I am pretty new at this.
My mom (farm girl from Virginia) used to just cut out a triangle of the eye of the potato she wanted & plant it. It has worked for me. I suppose you could just store potatoes until they sprout, esp., in light, or Walmart has some potatoes with sprouted eyes, especially those in a bag. Regular potatoes in the produce section.

I frequently grow whatever has sprouted or grown roots in the refrigerator - garlic, onions, etc. If you want to watch them sprout, just put toothpicks on either side & put roots in a jar of water. Simple but a time-honored practice. :}

Good info here: https://www.growveg.com/guides/what-...ting-potatoes/

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They can be cut. Try to have two eyes on each cut section.
I usually put a bag down in the root cellar for a month or so to get them sprouted before the planting.
If you do cut them, place the cut face down in the hole I am told works best.
Apparently, they grow better that way.
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Any and every "tater" sold is a seed potato, no reason to buy special ones at a large markup.

Put them in a dark space, let the eyes grow a bit, CUT them up, plant them after all frost danger is gone, usually with the sprout up, so the plant won't work hard to reverse growing direction.

water, keep the soil loose with a spud fork, and grow them.

Then harvest them , and enjoy.


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Light promotes green leaves, dark promotes roots?
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Light promotes green leaves, dark promotes roots?

That is what a ROOT CELLAR was originally for.

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That is what a ROOT CELLAR was originally for.

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But, wasn't that to store roots? I.e. onions, potatoes, carrots, etc. Not to promote growth?

Btw, what was the name of the cave to keep things cold. I can't remember.
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Stored dry, then come spring, had to get them ert to promote growth, not soaked, just damp so that they thought that they had been planted.

The cold room was named ??? , I forget too, but it might come to me later. Things like that happen too often now.

Are you talking about the place where they sawed ice from the frozen ponds in winter and stacked the ice underground, to keep things cold all year long?


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Stored dry, then come spring, had to get them ert to promote growth, not soaked, just damp so that they thought that they had been planted.

The cold room was named ??? , I forget too, but it might come to me later. Things like that happen too often now.

Are you talking about the place where they sawed ice from the frozen ponds in winter and stacked the ice underground, to keep things cold all year long?


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Maybe. Can't remember. We didn't do it in So. Cal
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Cool inhibits sprouting. Just stick them in the closet for a few days. Swollen eyes, not full sprouts are best.

Cut them 2-3 eyes clusters per hunk and plant them. Looks like it is about time to get them in the ground if you are close to Vegas, http://www.almanac.com/gardening/pla...NV/Las%20Vegas
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Cool inhibits sprouting.
Of course. We were just trying to remember a term, not for sprouting potatoes.
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