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May 4, 2010 11:50 AM

growing potatoes bought from produce dept.

I purchased some baby yukon golds from a grocery stores produce department.We really liked the flavor and texture of these.Can I plant them once they sprout eyes?

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  1. if they are certified organic potatoes (or you know your farmer and know the potatoes are untreated) they are absolutely a good bet for planting. if a potato has more than one eye you can cut it into pieces (each piece with an eye) and plant them individually for better spacing on multiple plants.

    conventional potatoes that are intended for eating, however, will probably have been treated with growth inhibitors and preservatives. even if the conventional potato sprouts, it may not grow as well as an organic potato (or a conventionally grown potato that hasn't been treated, these are sold through nurseries as "seed potatoes").

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    1. re: soupkitten

      Thank you. They were organic.So I will give them a try!

      1. re: davecrf

        Actually, not all certified organic potatoes can be used for planting. I learned this the hard way, when I got lovely, beautiful plants that didn't produce any fruit. Turns out [in the US anyway], potatoes can be "certified organic' even if grown from sterile stock. Another argument for using true seed potatoes is the controling of blight and other infections, which can be incredibly important if you plan to use your garden for more than one year.

    2. I used to grow potatoes that I bought at a "Health Food Store" many years ago, before oganics were available in the supermarket. Seed companies did not ship potatoes at the correct time of year for me to plant in Phoenix AZ and I never found a nursery carrying seed potatoes, so the HFS potatoes were my only choice. They were terrific. My other source were the culls from a potato farming operation, but most of those ended up on our plates because they were so tasty. You're going to love eating your own potatoes - freshly dug, it's a different vegetable.

      1. I'm trying to sprout two supermarket sweet potatoes right now. I stabbed a bunch of toothpicks in the middle of my two sweet potatoes and put the root side down in a glass of water. No sprouts after 8 hours.

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        1. re: Bottomless_Pit

          I'd be interested in how that comes out. We grow sweet potatoes, but from slips that we order.

        2. A little off topic, but I was shocked at the wonderful bell peppers that were produced last year from a non-organic grocery store bought bell pepper's seeds. Am try it again this year.

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          1. re: CocoaNut

            How'd you extract the seeds, I want to try that!

          2. Ok first store potatoes are not the same as "Seed" potatoes. Seed potatoes have been aged properly so they are ready to produce. Store bought potatoes have not been stored in the dark for long enough. The term "seed potato" dose not mean it has been treated with any thing. Seek out a good source like territorial seeds.

            Have you heard of a potato tower? Google it there is a video on you tube, it is cheesy but you will get the idea. I am trying a potato tower for the first time this year. So far they plants are growing like crazy!