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Starchy tuber crop, member of the perennial Solanaceae

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Too late to hill?

So time got away from me and the stems got to be over a foot high before I could hill them over. Is it too late now or will they still grow in after they're good and hilled. They have not even ...
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What are these burnt-like spots on my potato leaf?

I planted some Russian Blue potato's (next to some tomatoes I might add) and noticed what I think might be sun damage. However I wanted to confirm, perhaps it's some like alternaria. I also wanted to ...
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Are multiple sprouted potato eyes okay?

So recently I saw that my 3 potato's sprouted in my 7 gallon pot. However each potato had 2 or 3 eyes and all of them came to. Could they be overcrowded and if so, do I need to prune and leave only ...
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Cheapest and fastest method to lower the soil pH for potatoes?

I am going to plant some potatoes in two/three weeks, but my soil's pH is around 6.8, which is not very suitable for them. I would like to know if there is a way to lower the pH in two/three weeks in ...
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Fall planting potatoes

I am experimenting with fall planting potatoes this year. I harvested potatoes at the end of September and replanted at the same time. In the last few days some sprouts have emerged and I am wondering ...
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Two potatoes in container are bad -- are the remaining potatoes affected?

I'm growing potatoes in containers. I just turned out one container to harvest the potatoes. Two of the potatoes were gelatinous and foul, as in the photo: Update: these weren't the seed potatoes, ...
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Are my potatoes OK?

I'm growing potatoes in containers (about ten 10 gal. (38L) containers, if it matters). Some of them are starting to turn yellow, as in this photo: Meanwhile, one plant has turned completely yellow: ...
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Charlotte potato discolouration

Just dug up my first harvest of Charlotte potatoes. The plants look nice and healthy, but the tubers all had this faint internal discolouration. Any idea what it might be? They cooked and tasted fine. ...
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Why is this potato plant wilting?

Here is a photo of some potato plants: As you can see, the plants on either side are doing fine, but the plant in the middle is wilting. They're all watered at the same time, so that plant can't be ...
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What are these in potatoes?

Planted potatoes for the first time. A lot of the potatoes turned out to be like this: What is this, a disease, any deficiency? I guess it is not safe to eat those potatoes, are they? How to cure ...
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What is this in the soil of my potato plants?

My potatoes are near harvest and dying back, although one of them seems to have a rotting stem. I looked in the soil and found this?
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Possible to grow sweet potatoes in towers?

This year I will be planting potatoes (Yukon Gold and Russet) as well as sweet potatoes. This coming weekend I will be building so-called "potato towers" for the Yukons & Russets using ...
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Do potatoes produce seeds that you can store and/or replant?

Do potatoes produce seeds (specifically La Ratte potato) and how do you harvest them? Although I don't fully understand, I am aware that "seed potatoes" are a thing and can be used to grow a ...
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Why are my potato leaf edges white?

They sprouted out of the ground this way, but I've noticed more white in the past few days. They were planted around 2 weeks ago.
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Young potato plant leaves yellowing at base

I'm growing potatoes in a 5 gallon bucket. The mature leaves are a beautiful dark green, as you can see in the below photo, and the plant is growing fine, but occasionally the young, small leaves ...
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Growing potatoes in a bag yielded very small potatoes

I planted potatoes in a bag and in a week I started seeing beautiful green leaves, I started adding more soil every time the plant grew and after a while I filled the whole bag. after 10 weeks the ...
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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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