Vegetables forum: Will these potatoes grow?

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ImageMistirose
Jan 17, 2014 11:12 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
ok I have a bag of Russets that are sprouting like mad in the bag, think they would produce? or think they were prob hit with bud nip and would just putter out?
Imagewildflowers
Jan 18, 2014 5:23 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b

Sprouting potatoes should produce? Shrug! I'm going to try growing potatoes in a potato cage or tower this year.

Thank you Joseph. Thumbs up Will do.

FAITH over fear!

Imagewildflowers
Jan 18, 2014 5:56 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
One way to make a potato tower: http://www.hillgardens.com/potatoes.htm
FAITH over fear!

Imagestarlight1153
Jan 18, 2014 7:20 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Misti... Are they grocery store potatoes or ones from a fresh market or your own garden? They say not to use store bought ones because they have been treated with some kind of chemicals.

Here something interesting that using diatomaceous earth around the plants help with snails, aphids and a potato tubermoth. Ugg. haven't heard of a tubermoth before. Going to have to look that one up.

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/plant-russet-potato-21854.html

Here something interesting too, that has me rethinking where I am going to plant this year.

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/crops-not-plant-after-potato-cr...

I think I may just try using large square laundry baskets, put a little wire cage on inside to help keep soil in and than use all the gazzilion leaves I have as a mulch to keep covering them. Also it might keep critters from eating or digging up the tubers and if we have another year of flooding, the baskets will drain faster or I can move them on to pallets to protect.

ImageMistirose
Jan 18, 2014 10:46 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Christine, I'm gonna start some from seed that I got from Joseph in an upside down tomato cage. I will cover it with screen or something and fill with compost. These I was going to try in my large 20 gal container but dunno if its worth the effort or not.

Star, yes they are from Safeway and concerned they wont produce after seeing that little girls video I posted in the foods thread. I have seen those laundry baskets on Pinterest and would try it myself but don't have any and cant find any cheap enough to buy just to fill with soil lol maybe I will just toss these, hate buying potatoes every year like seed though Blinking
Imagejoseph
Jan 18, 2014 12:11 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
I have grown lots of grocery store potatoes with great results. I can't comment on the basket thing cause I have never grown them that way.

Potatoes from the grocery store are often treated with an anti-sprouting chemical... It can be a huge disappointment to plant treated potatoes and have them sit in the ground and rot. If your potatoes are already sprouting then they can be planted and expected to grow fine. Screen them before planting so that you are not planting rotted potatoes.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
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Imagestarlight1153
Jan 18, 2014 12:12 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Misti... I had good luck with seed I started from Joseph. Started in small 1/2" x 1/2" trays and when they was big enough, pricked out and planted in containers and kept stepping up.

With dial up can't watch videos or anything like that. The baskets you can sometimes find at the dollar tree store. Where everything is a dollar. Family dollar is too expensive.

They are not the strongest and if you going to do Joseph potatoes, the round ones would work just as well. Since those potatoes are smaller.
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 18, 2014 12:16 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Dumb question? I have grown slips very easily from sweet potatoes. Never done it or even heard folks about it, but can you make slips from white potatoes?
Imagejoseph
Jan 18, 2014 12:19 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Making slips from white potatoes works great.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 18, 2014 1:10 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Joseph.. Awesome news. Do you do them same as sweet potatoes or something different?
ImageMistirose
Jan 18, 2014 5:17 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
ok well since these are going nuts and Joseph thinks they may produce I will give them a go. Still gonna do the seeds in the upside down tomato cages I think. I have recently learned that potatoes are a cool weather crop and I shouldn't grow them through summer here as some can die at 95F so figure I best start them now. It's been 50F-70F during the days but drops to 30's at night. Hoping they will do well.
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 18, 2014 7:42 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Misti.. we have same problem with heat, which is why everybody throws a ton of mulch on top of them to keep moisture in and the roots cool. Heck you warmer than we are.
ImageMistirose
Jan 18, 2014 8:23 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
yea figure thats prob what killed off the ones I had in the 5 gal buckets this summer. Thumbs down
ImageArleneB
Jan 18, 2014 11:09 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I think the leaves will get killed if it's low 30's so if you plant now, be sure and cover if it gets too cold at night. I will put mine ine mid Feb. here in Atlanta area.
ImageMistirose
Jan 18, 2014 11:50 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
ok thank you, I have a lid for the tub so hopefully hat should help.
Imageevelyninthegarden
Jan 19, 2014 6:04 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills -
starlight1153 wrote:I think I may just try using large square laundry baskets, put a little wire cage on inside to help keep soil in and than use all the gazzilion leaves I have as a mulch to keep covering them. Also it might keep critters from eating or digging up the tubers and if we have another year of flooding, the baskets will drain faster or I can move them on to pallets to protect them.
I have grown potatoes in a laundry basket. They did not do that well, but it might have been a cool year, I do not remember. I usually grow them in my square foot gardens, as the gophers do like them!

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