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Old October 17, 2020   #126
NathanP
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Originally Posted by bboomer View Post
My volunteer sprouts experiment yielded....disappointing results. Maybe ten pounds of potatoes came from a 20 foot row that was filled with large vigorous plants this summer. Well, there is always next year!

What potato varieties were you trying this with?


Wendy is correct when she claims this works much better with long season potatoes. If you try this with early to mid season potatoes, they tend to start to senesce much to early to produce much. It has something to do with disruption of normal potato hormones when the plant is disconnected from the seed tuber. Disconnecting the stems usually starts the process of senescence in all but long season potatoes (150+ days), and in more determinate varieties, much too early.

Last edited by NathanP; October 17, 2020 at 01:28 PM.
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