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#1 Alc ONLINE  

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Posted March 31, 2016 - 05:52 AM

Around this time of the year I usually go to the local farm store and buy some seed potato ( maybe called something else ?)  and plant them along with any potatoes that started winkling up and sprouting from last year's harvest  to get rid of those .  Had plenty from last year and started planting them first when I came across a 1lb  bag next to them of Yukon Gold that I bought to plant mid summer last year and forgot to :wallbanging:   When I opened the bag they looked like I just bought them from the farm store !  So the question is why did my potatoes get wrinkly and sprout when right next to them the seed potatoes  didn't change for a longer period of time ?  All the potatoes where kept in my pole barn , concrete floor , temperature swings throughout the seasons  , harvested potatoes in wire baskets covered in cloth , the seed potatoes just in a brown paper bag .


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Posted March 31, 2016 - 07:10 AM

I dont know. Just a lower quality potato?



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Posted March 31, 2016 - 07:52 AM

Less light getting to the ones in the bag and less air flow thru the bag. Just my guesses. Only thing different with seed potatoes, is they are certified disease free. Another guess.

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Posted March 31, 2016 - 08:02 AM

Some varieties store better than others. Did you have any Yukon Gold potatoes that you grew last year to compare to?

 

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Posted March 31, 2016 - 08:55 AM

Could have been treated against sprouting normally ???


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Posted March 31, 2016 - 04:54 PM

Were they bought as seed potatoes or bought as eating potatoes? Some potatoes at stores are sprayed so they won't sprout.
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Posted March 31, 2016 - 07:49 PM

Yes I had Yukon Gold that I harvested right next to the seed potatoes and they sprouted . Not in a paper bag though .
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Posted March 31, 2016 - 08:26 PM

That is very odd then. Seed potatoes should not be treated with anything. The only thing I can think of is try storing some of this years harvested potatoes in a brown paper bag (ie the ones used at leaf collection time) and see if they keep better than the ones stored with your normal method. 

 

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Posted April 02, 2016 - 05:23 AM

Well did a little reading and it seems potatoes used for seed get put in sunlight to "green up " to prevent them from sprouting before storing . I'm going to try that with some this year just to see what happens
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