What I really need to know is, if potatoes eyes have no sprouts how long does it take eyes to get sprouts?
James, I had very good luck growing potatoes when I lived in Illinois 40+ years ago but was never good at growing potatoes in TN. My Grandfather use to cut potatoes so each piece had 2 to 3 eyes. My father use to cut them with 2 eyes. I experimented with 1, 2 and 3 eyes, 1 eye seems to produce larger size potatoes, 2 eyes make a larger number of smaller potatoes, 3 seems to make more potatoes than 2 eyes but smaller potatoes. I have noticed every time I plant potatoes in a stack of car tires in TN I get a very good crop of potatoes but never knew why until recently. Too much mud in TN and 100 degree summer does not seem to be a problem but soil is too dry in July & August to make big potatoes.
I read online potato growing info from a potato grower in TX they plant eyes in April. There April weather is about like our May weather that must be why my May potatoes do better than April potatoes last year. TX Potato Grower also said, buy organic potatoes in the grocery store 1 or 2 months before planting they are not sprayed to prevent sprouting. Different source of online information says, Soak grocery store potatoes in water many times for a month to remove the chemicals that prevent them from sprouting then they can be used a seed potatoes. I have 3 grocery store potatoes that I soaked in water many times since Christmas 2 weeks ago eyes were sprouting but too early to plant those. TX potato grower said, do not plant an eye that has not sprouted because it may never sprout wait until sprouts are 1" long. Another source online says, do not eat grocery store potato skins cut them off 1/4" thick the chemicals that prevent sprouting are soaked into the potato about 1/4" deep. TX potato grower also said, do not plant all your potatoes at the same time, plant a few potatoes every week that way you can harvest fresh potatoes every week, the largest harvest should be when frost kills the plants. TX grower said, keep potatoes in the dark at 60 degrees they will sprout eyes, when sprouts are 1" long plant a crop every week, plant a BIG mother load crop in August for a big harvest in November, new potatoes will keep in storage 6 months all winter, what is left over in spring will be seed potatoes in spring.
None of this information tells me when to expect the 5 lbs of potatoes that I bought will sprout? 1 month? 2 months? 3 months? Just wait and see? I would like to plant 12 plants every week until August, then plant the mother load about August. Harvest mother load in Nov when frost kills the tops this harvest will keep in storage for 6 months. Anything left in storage in April will be seed potatoes for next year.
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