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Old 02-22-2018, 10:01 AM   #1
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What is everyones thoughts on using last years harvested potatoes for this years seedlings? The ones I have from last years crop, were put into a 5 gallon bucket in my basement in a dark room. Over the winter they have sprouted and some of the current sprouts are about a foot long.
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Old 02-22-2018, 10:11 AM   #2
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Go for it, that is how my grandmother planted her "Spuds".

That is how the farmers re-plant every spring, they dice up the saved ones, and plop them in a furrow, and cover them, water, and wait.

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Ayuh,..... So long as there's an "Eye" on each chunk, a tater plant will grow from it,....

I'm thinkin' of tryin' the plantin' 'em in a hay bale trick this year, mostly for gettin' tiny taters to make salt taters in later summer,....
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IMO it's not a good idea as if all they eyes have sprouted, there is a good chance many of those sprouts will rot in the ground. The seed potatoes you buy are also usually treated for blight.
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If the sprout is long enough , leave it above ground.

In my younger years I have planted many sprouted store bought potatoes.

Remember to plant after frost has gone, later in the year, unless you are far south.

Or just plant them indoors until spring arrives.

And look for potato bugs daily on your plants, unless you are using a bug killer.


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