I planted 12 pieces of potatoes ~2-3 weeks back and see few sprouts but don't know if they are weeds or actually the potato plants. The plants look like this:

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  • That low lying hairyish leaf in the background on the top picture might be a potato plant. The other is just a clover.
    – stormy
    Commented Jun 17, 2016 at 8:31
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    Did you plant 12 potatoes, or, parts of potatoes with eyes? Were they seed potatoes, and how deep did you plant them? What season is it? Commented Jun 19, 2016 at 0:30
  • @GrahamChiu: I cut 3 potatoes into 12 pieces with their eyes and sprouts intact and then planted them. Officially summer just started. I read in one gardener blog suggesting to dig a hole ~4 inches deep and plant them. I think I dug little too (~5-6 inches) deep.
    – yasouser
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 6:59
  • You could dig a little to see if they're alive. But I'd half expect at that depth they should be showing now. Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 10:40

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Sorry, neither is a potato plant.

A potato sprout is medium to dark green (sometimes with reddish undertones just when breaking through), looks like a little whirl of wrinkly, thick leaves, then unfolds to the typical compound leaf.

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The first plant in your post is probably a wood sorrel or oxalis, the second a clover. Without flowers and more details a precise id is near impossible, but I can at least tell you that these are not your potatos.

Many gardeners would pull them up as weeds immediately, you can enjoy the flowers first, then pull before they go to seed - or use your own judgement.

  • The first one is definitely a oxalis, but which kind is difficult to tell without a flower. The second is either Dutch white clover or red clover. It is not one of the taller types, those have different leaves.
    – Escoce
    Commented Jun 17, 2016 at 18:11
  • I got one sprout like the phone on the left :)
    – yasouser
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 6:52

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