rainbowgardener wrote:I just use potatoes from the grocery store. Let them sprout a bit, cut them up and plant them.
Ok, this is what I tried to do with my garden this year.
I had heard that you can take a store-bought potato with eyes, cut it in half, and suspend it in water using toothpicks, to get it to grow roots. I saw a few YouTube videos demonstrating this, and thought it seemed easy.
Tried the first potato. After a week, the cut surface turned gooey, the water cloudy, and smelled AWFUL. Stunk up the whole house.
Attempt #2-- changed the water daily. The cut surface still turned gooey and rotted when suspended in water. Again, horrid smell.
Attempt #3-- tried a red potato in the same fashion. Again, the cut surface turned gooey and rotted.
Attempt #4: just cut the potato into a few chunks (with 1 eye in each chunk) and put it directly into the soil in my container. Grew well for about 2-3 months, then got black spots, turned yellow, and the plant died. Some people on here thought it may have been blight, or maybe not.
I had read that you should never use store-bought potatoes because they are riddled with blight. I disregarded this and tried it anyway... and am now thinking may be the case due to what happened with my potatoes this year, with the black spots and dying. You are saying this is not the case?
How do you get your potatoes to sprout without rotting? Do you suspend them in water or not?