For texas growing you suggest putting out in late feb or march?Marlingardener wrote:I'm a Texas gardener, too, and I buy seed potatoes in early February, cut them into planting sizes (at least two eyes per piece), let them cure outside on a raised table until they are dry on the cut surface, then plant them in the ground.
You don't need to let them sprout (chitting) before planting. Just make sure to plant the pieces about 6" deep, cover with 2" of soil, when the greenery appears add another 2" of soil, repeat. When the greenery is at garden soil level, you can either mulch heavily or add more soil or compost to make a hill for the potato plants. I use compost because we have a lot of it, but hay, grass clippings, dirt works just fine, too.
Look at jal_ut's post with what photo of what he harvested from planting an entire potato (5posts up). Unfortunately the link to his 2nd photo of what would be considered a good harvest from planting a cut up piece with one or two eyes is corrupted,mbut maybe he'll come back and show us with a corrected link.kbuthy wrote:I just planted whole sprouted red and white potatoes. I keep reading they must be cut first. Is this true? If so, what will happen if I did not cut them?
Turnips will NOT grow more turnips from planting an entire turnip, you may be able to harvest some greens but I think it will quickly bolt -- center stalk will get elongated then flower.kbuthy wrote:I've also planted whole sprouted turnips...will we get turnips or just the greens?