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Old March 11, 2016   #1
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Default Russet Potato

I was in the grocery recently and the vendor had several 8lb. bags of russets on their discount rack. I purchased a bag for $1 and noted the eyes were just beginning to sprout. For the potato experts, what are the odds of being able to plant and harvest these spuds?
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Old March 11, 2016   #2
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Just as good as seed potatoes it is all up to you.
If you cut them for multiple eyes lest them sit 24 hours to skin over before planting.
Here are my grocery store potatoes that most weren't even sprouting yet.
Most were less than the size of a golf ball.
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Thanks Worth, that is what I thought. This is a great site to share, exchange and ask questions.
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Thanks Worth, that is what I thought. This is a great site to share, exchange and ask questions.
My post now has a pictuer on it showing what I have this year.
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Great pic! Last year did not start my garden until May and did a potato planting in June using Kennebec. Had a nice later Summer Fall harvest. This year, planting potatoes in another week. Plan to do a follow up planting once again in June.
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I agree that if a potato has an eye on it - it should grow a potato plant. Mine are.

Here is a link that contains some info and more links on the left lower area to more info... about the chemical treatment of potatoes to inhibit eye growth. http://www.decodedscience.org/chemic...e-growth/45175
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Thanks Salt, interesting information. When I saw 8lbs of russets for $1, could not turn it down.
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I pick up old produce from a grocery to add to my compost pile. Last year I planted 50 pounds of potatoes that I got there.
They did well.
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The only risk with replanting tubers from a store rather than certified seed potatoes is a higher risk of disease.

Since your's are already sprouted, you don't need to worry about the other problem present with non organic store bought potatoes. They are sprayed with sprouting inhibitors (chemicals) that prevent them from breaking dormancy.
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