Starchy tuber crop, member of the perennial Solanaceae

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I've planted too many potatoes in 1 container

I'm a very novice gardener. In one potato sack I planted about 10 seed potatoes which I have since learnt is far too many. Is my potato harvest doomed? Can I remove some of the plants?
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How often do you get a sunchoke that looks like ginger?

I was watching some videos on gardening, and was wondering how often a sunchoke will look like a ginger root system (a giant clump of one tuber).
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Will Sunchoke grow from “fingers”?

I purchased a Sunchoke from my local organic grocer, and was wondering if a sunchoke, like a potato will grow from its "fingers", and the main ball. Edit: What I'm meaning specifically is cut the ...
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Is this the tomato potato psyllid?

I noticed these sugary white granules on my tomato leaves a couple of months ago, and saw some insects which I thought were aphids but didn't look closely. Now it looks as though my potatoes are ...
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Is a 4x4x1ft raised bed too small for potatoes?

I'm wanting to grow potatoes in a garden bed. Unfortunately, suitable wood is relatively expensive (~$2 a foot for 1x12 cedar) and space is scarce. Would this be too small for half a dozen seed ...
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What are these yellow spots on my potato leaves

Just noticed these spots appearing on some of the leaves of my Maori potatoes being grown in a jute coffee sack. Plant otherwise looks healthy, and i don't see any insects. It's not new or old growth ...
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Can you save seeds from Zolushka potatoes grown from true potato seed (TTS)?

I'm wanting to grow potatoes that don't have any genes for cytoplasmic male sterility. In other words, I'm wanting potatoes that fruit like tomatoes (they actually do exist), productively, so I can ...
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Best time to plant red potatoes

About a year ago, I kept some red potatoes in the cellar. Most of them were edible, but some of them began sprouting so I didn't eat them. Now, I want to plant these remaining potatoes in the garden. ...
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Growing Potatoes in small space

Question prompted by @Stormy who wanted to impart a few ideas. I have had a few attempts at growing potatoes in bags but they never seem to work out. They grow ok then the green tops just start to ...
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Should I pinch out the flowers on my potato plants?

After a very warm and dry spring, my potato plants have already started to bloom in early June. I wondered if they are putting a significant amount of energy into producing the flowers, and if ...
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Black spots, curling leaves on potatoes, help identify problem

First, some relevant information: I am growing Yukon Gold potatoes. I am in hardiness zone 6b. The weather over the last month has been dryer than normal for the area I am in (Northeastern US). I ...
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How far do potatoes really need to be from tomatoes to prevent disease/blight?

How far do potatoes really need to be from tomatoes? Is ten feet with a row of peas in between sufficient? Also, do sweet potatoes count as potatoes?
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Small black/gray bugs proliferating in vegetable garden

I have previously noticed (on a sunny day, when my plants were all still small) a lot of tiny black/gray (maybe even /brown) bugs crawling around on the woodchips in my garden with a seeming flea-like ...
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Is it too late to plant potatoes in Dorset, UK in Mid -september?

Is it too late to plant potatoes in Dorset, UK now (Mid-September) ?
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Should I still continue to plant a potato that turned green?

When potatoes are exposed to the sun they turn green and become toxic. I wanted to try to chit a potato tuber but I'm scared that when it turns green I will end up harvesting green tubers as well.
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How can I ensure a crop of potato seeds?

Background: I did an experiment where I put the cut seed potatoes directly onto a live lawn, and then covered with 4" of premium bark mulch. The plants did exceptionally well, and I noticed that a ...
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What are the optimal N-P-K levels for fertilizing potatoes?

I have some russet potatoes that seem to be doing well growing in a plastic tub. (This photo was taken near sunset; they do get 8+ hours open sun.) I have a choice between these three fertilizers, ...
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Hard potatoes harvested

First time grower in Michigan, partial shade and probably not the best soil. The red potatoes I got out first were very hard. Why? What can I do to prevent this with the rest of them before they ...
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Protecting winter potatoes from frost with a growhouse

In the first week of August (2013) I started my first attempt at growing potatoes, in grow bags. Actually got the miracle-gro root vegetable bags from garden centre and seed potatoes, so the mix ...
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Is harvesting purple potatoes any different than white potatoes?

We are trying to grow purple potatoes for the first time, and the plants look really nice. I am wondering if harvesting them is any different than for white potatoes?
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What is this insect with rough brown shell on potatoes?

This insect with a rough brownish shell showed up on potatoes at a friend's house in Vermont. I've looked around in books and online and can't find anything that's an exact match. Current control ...
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Advice on planting potatoes with long sprouts

We have a bunch of potatoes with long sprouts from their eyes. (Actually, we just planted them, but I'll ask the questions I had right before planting.) Should I leave a 12-inch sprout from the ...
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What should I do with some volunteer potatoes growing in my compost pile?

I have two or three potato plants growing in my compost pile. I'm pretty sure they are some red potatoes I tossed after they got too old. I bought them from a local organic produce store. The ...
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How do I know when to harvest my potatoes?

I'm sure I've heard before that the time to harvest potatoes is when the flowers fall off. Is that right or is it more complicated than that? For example, does it differ based on climate or variety, ...
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Is it necessary to purchase seed potatoes?

I recently tried growing potatoes using a method I saw on TV. This is just cutting up potatoes into reasonable sized sections and placing them several inches down. The results have been fantastic. ...
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What's causing my potatoes to wilt?

I'm growing yukon gold potatoes. They've been growing like gangbusters, but this week I noticed some leaf yellowing and wilt on at least 3 plants out of 9. Why are they yellowing? Is it anything to ...
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Why would healthy potatoes come out tasting dry and crumbly?

I plant maincrop potatoes every year. Last year, I planted 50 Desiree in mid-April, in the usual way (15" apart, in rows 2' apart, in light, sandy soil that had been conditioned and fertilised several ...
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When should I pile more dirt onto a growing potato plant?

I've heard that I should be piling dirt onto my potato plants as they grow so that I end up with little mounds. My potato plants have started to poke through the surface. Should I totally cover ...