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Old 01-04-2020, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Ok, so today I got a 10 lb bag of Russet potatoes for a $. Of course many of them are already sprouting. The checker I use them for planting. I have to idea exactly how to do this. Can anyone tell me how to grow potatoes? Thanks so much,

Nita
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Old 01-04-2020, 12:40 PM
 
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Plant them in February in your state. Here's how:
https://www.backwoodshome.com/how-to-grow-potatoes/
https://arkansaslivingmagazine.com/a...anting-primer/


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Old 01-04-2020, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Ok, so today I got a 10 lb bag of Russet potatoes for a $. Of course many of them are already sprouting. The checker I use them for planting. I have to idea exactly how to do this. Can anyone tell me how to grow potatoes? Thanks so much,

Nita
Potatoes are fun! Plant a 1/4 of one and you get 4 full ones.


Too early to plant them so you have a couple of options.

1. Put them in the dark, cold, dry place. If the sprouts are too long by time your ready to plant, just chuck them and use the ones with the smaller sprouts or new eyes..

2. Forget that bag and just buy new ones when its time. I think March is the time for you.

It's best to plant them when they have the "eyes" or even a little sprout but if they are too long I'd throw them into the compost pile.

Don't forget to slice them and only plant 1 eye per spot. Give them space to grow, remember more than 1 will grow. Make sure soil is loose! Important especially when its time to harvest. Tricky not to damage them.


Here's my post from last year to get an idea what they should look like around planting time.
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Old 01-05-2020, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Potatoes are fun! Plant a 1/4 of one and you get 4 full ones.


Too early to plant them so you have a couple of options.

1. Put them in the dark, cold, dry place. If the sprouts are too long by time your ready to plant, just chuck them and use the ones with the smaller sprouts or new eyes..

2. Forget that bag and just buy new ones when its time. I think March is the time for you.

It's best to plant them when they have the "eyes" or even a little sprout but if they are too long I'd throw them into the compost pile.

Don't forget to slice them and only plant 1 eye per spot. Give them space to grow, remember more than 1 will grow. Make sure soil is loose! Important especially when its time to harvest. Tricky not to damage them.


Here's my post from last year to get an idea what they should look like around planting time.
Thanks to both of you for the advise. I can't wait to get started but of course I know it is a bit early.
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Old 01-05-2020, 12:23 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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You could plant them, but if you are serious about growing potatoes, only use certified virus free seed potatoes from a reliable source.


If you plant potatoes from the grocery store, you risk infecting your soil with a wide variety of diseases that potatoes are notorious for and that are just about impossible to get rid of.



If the potatoes haven't shriveled, you can just rub the sprouts off of them and use them to cook like you use regular potatoes.


Make some potato salad, bake some scalloped potatoes, serve your family some french fries made with fresh potatoes.
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Old 01-05-2020, 12:59 PM
 
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I'm trying an experiment. I had two potatoes from the store that sprouted. I put them each in a bag of garden soil. We'll see happens. If they produce potatoes fine. If not, that's fine too. I still have my bags of soil. I don't have room for a regular garden so I'm not really worried about contamination.

I read some place that you could grow potatoes in a bale of hay over the winter. That could be fun if you had some left over from fall decorating or used it to mulch in your yard.
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Old Today, 01:17 AM
 
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Potatoes are fun! Plant a 1/4 of one and you get 4 full ones.


Too early to plant them so you have a couple of options.

1. Put them in the dark, cold, dry place. If the sprouts are too long by time your ready to plant, just chuck them and use the ones with the smaller sprouts or new eyes..

2. Forget that bag and just buy new ones when its time. I think March is the time for you.

It's best to plant them when they have the "eyes" or even a little sprout but if they are too long I'd throw them into the compost pile.

Don't forget to slice them and only plant 1 eye per spot. Give them space to grow, remember more than 1 will grow. Make sure soil is loose! Important especially when its time to harvest. Tricky not to damage them.


Here's my post from last year to get an idea what they should look like around planting time.
Thanks for a piece of wonderful advice...
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