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Starchy tuber crop, member of the perennial Solanaceae

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What are these gall like growths on my spuds?

I noticed a volunteer potato plant in the garden a month or so ago which I thought was cool. It's just now at the tail end of winter in the southern hemisphere. Today I noticed that it had gall like ...
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How and when to harvest potatoes grown in an unorthodox bed?

We tried our hand at growing some potatoes this summer and I'm still hopeful we have a decent yield. We took too much advice from a lot of conflicting sources and didn't really grow them the right&...
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How to grow potatoes vertically in stacked beds?

Growing potatoes for the first time, and I'm afraid I've received so much contradictory information for various peoples and sources that I may have "frankensteined" (stitched) together a ...
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What is the problem with this Arran Pilot potato plant?

I have noticed the following on some leaves on my arran pilot potatoes. Is it frost damage, blight, or something else?
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Will seed potatoes still produce potatoes if they are planted too early?

I planted my seed potatoes in March in containers and put them outside. We had cold days and even snow once. Will my seed potatoes still be able to produce potatoes?
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Chitted Potatoes Lifespan

I chitted more seed potatoes today that I had room for in my raised bed and am wondering: How long will they keep before I have to plant them? In other words, will they go bad? Thanks! doug
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Help potatos growing?

I think i have potato plants growing in my compose box . which would be a first for me. And i am unsure if that is what they are and how to cross plant them to a new location.
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Using wood chippings to cover potatoes

Our allotment has teamed up with a tree surgeon for a constant supply of fresh wood chippings from trees he trims/removes. Having taken use of this to cover all the paths in my allotment I have dug ...
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What are the effects of planting potatoes as a 'cover crop' in newly forming soil as a pile of decaying wood chips?

Related to How do I plant potatoes that sprouted in my pantry? In a field I'm forming soil as mounds of wood chips with finished compost, muck, and soil mixed in, like small windrow planting beds. I ...
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How much does a potato plant weigh?

Extremely simple question but I can't find the answer anywhere. What is the average maximum weight of a whole potato plant during it's growth cycle? If you know the average weight percentage of the ...
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what are these brown spots on my potato plant?

I have noticed brown spots on my potato plant but cannot figure out what it could be. Do you might have an idea?
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Wet pre-sprouted seed potatoes, is there an hurry to plant them?

I inadvertently left pre-sprouted seed potatoes on my balcony and they suffered a severe shower today. I didn't plan to plant them before 4 days at the very least. Is there an hurry to plant them ...
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Where did potatoes originally grow?

I've heard a major misconception about potatoes wanting full sun, but they're so short, and suspect that they grew wild in the understory of forests. Is this true, or should they be grown in full sun ...
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Could you grow potatoes like this?

I want to grow potatoes in the following manner but I want to know if it is a good way to grow them. We have had pretty bad rain this summer and a lot of the grass in our backyard has not grown back ...
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Efficient potato digging

I'm in the process of digging my potatoes. My sandy loam soil is very good for spuds and yields are always rewarding so there is no incentive to discontinue and get store bought. However my digging ...
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Minimal conditions necessary for growing potatoes

I am pondering the minimal conditions for growing potatoes. What type of soil, nutrients and space would it necessitate?
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treating potato plant disease with ridomil

Potatoes in our garden got attacked by a disease. Take a look: Presumably, this is late blight. The recommended practice is to spray potatoes with ridomil fungicide. I am very skeptical about using ...
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Do I need to put a pile of wood chips on top of my potatoes?

I planted my potatoes near the surface so I could get the plants going quicker. Should I put a pile of wood chips on top of each potato, or build up the pile of wood chips as the season goes on?
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Potato plants have tiny leaves and grow really tall

Potato plants are less than 4 weeks old and they are growing as if on steroids. The leaves are really small and look rather miserable. I read potatoes don't get taller than 60cm, mine are already 95cm ...
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What is happening to our potato plants? (going black, wilting)

We have a row of 3 different heirloom potato varieties, 50 originally, of which we've lost about 15 to a problem we'd like to identify. The following photos show the start of the issue, through to a ...
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Potatoes left in the soil for winter

I did not have time to dig out the purple potatoes I've planted during the spring, now it's early winter, not much frost is expected in this area. Will they survive if I leave them in the soil and ...
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Are certified seed potatoes needed every year?

OK, I know from personal experience the dangers of using sprouted store bought potatoes in a garden. I had and entire shared garden plot ruined for both potatoes and tomatoes because the other ...
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Why did my potatoes not grow?

I planted red and new potatoes in early May. They were planted 6-8 inches deep. The potatoes were sprouted potatoes from our local hardware store. Our soil is heavy clay but the potatoes were planted ...
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Will potatoes in containers grow more potatoes?

I am under the impression that people grow potatoes in bags, containers, stacked up tires and so on because they get higher potato yields this way. The way I've heard it explained is that you plant ...
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How to get rid of wireworms in garden plot

Has anyone had success removing wireworms from their garden and do you have any tips? I've looked some online and it seems like baiting them with potatoes is the best solution. I am not opposed to ...
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My potato plants don't seem to flower - when should I harvest them?

I have read this question on harvesting potatoes after they flower, however mine don't seem to be in any hurry to flower. I was given them by a friend months ago, planted them, and I have a mass of ...
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Should I remove potato leaves when mounding soil around them?

I want to know if I should remove the leaves on my potato plant as I bury it more after it has grown 12" or so. Or do I leave the leaves on the plant?
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Why are my Yukon golds wilting?

I'm brand new to gardening. I've got a raised bed filled with composted garden clippings and soil. I just grew a bunch of radishes and lettuce is the soil and it did very well. After removing it all ...
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Why do you need to change potato seeds every couple of years?

My relatives say that you need to change potato seeds every couple of years. They didn't specify why. Why is that? Is it because we normally leave small potatoes for seeds and generate negative ...
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Should I harvest potatoes even if they haven't fully flowered?

I planted some potatoes about 10 - 14 weeks ago. They have tall strong tops. Only a few small buds/flowers appear, then drop off. They have been well watered every day. Should we start to harvest ...
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Potatoes chewed

My crop of early potatoes in containers has been decimated . They look like a mouse has been chewing on them with good sized potatoes chewed in half but they were too deep for mice to reach and no ...
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Potatoes outgrowing bag - too high to hill/earth up

I've grown some potatoes in foot high bags and have been steadily earthing them up as they grow. The stem has now reached about two feet so any earth I put on top simply falls off. Is it best to ...
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Will my potatoes grow?

Could not think of a better title. I got a small bag of blue potatoes (forgot the variety) for planting and I brought them home at 7:00 PM. But I forgot to take them out of the truck until about 6:00 ...
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Can maincrop potatoes grow in soil-less environment?

I've searched the Internet for answers but cannot seem to find anything about maincrop potatoes being grown in soil-less environment. Do any of you have any experience or knowledge on the subject? ...
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How long can I store seed potatoes?

I've just ordered 1kg of heirloom seed potatoes but I only intend to plant 500g or so. Going forward, I intend to harvest true seed from their fruits, but I'd like to keep a backup in case blight ...
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When should I repot a newly planted potato?

I recently planted a potato in my cubicle at work (don't ask why, long story) in a pot that is much too small for the potato. The soil that I used was completely bone dry, it had been sitting in a ...
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How long do I have to harvest my potatoes?

I grew about a dozen or so fingerling potato plants in four separate sacks this year. Everything went according to plan, the plants stayed healthy and pest free throughout the year. The plants have ...
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Are tubers used as water tanks?

I remember from ancient history they used huge water tanks under buildings whenever it rained, and was wondering if that's the same principle for plants growing tubers.
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Help growing potatoes

I live in Upstate New York and planted potatoes very late in the season. Some of the potatoes have sprouted and others have not. For the one's that did not sprout, I carefully dug up my seed potatoes ...
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Do you recommend putting compost containing tomatoes onto potato plants?

For reasons unbeknownst to me one is not supposed to plant tomatoes and potatoes in close proximity to one another. But what about putting compost containing tomatoes onto potatoes or vice versa?
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Proper potato watering time

One of the traditional ways potato's are often grown is by slowly piling up dirt and straw around them as they reach around 7-8 inches above the last layer. I am wondering when would be the best ...
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Planting potatoes between tomatoes, bad or good idea?

I spaced my potatoes about 3 feet and between each I would like to put about 3 tomatoes to save space. Will this create problems in the near future?
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Is this a potato plant?

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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How do I plant potatoes that sprouted in my pantry?

I'm gearing up to plant some red potatoes from the grocery store that sprouted in the pantry. When I plant them do I plant them stem-side-up? And, should I plant them shallow so the stems poke out of ...
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Can I trim my potato plants?

I have three rows of potato plants that are growing really well. I have another row of carrots in the same bed. The carrots have sprouted, but they are still small. The leaves of the potatoes in ...
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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). Example:
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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 ...