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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 26, 2011

Q. Potatoes

How shall I store my home grown potatoes so that I can enjoy their freshness every time I use them?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 26, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Store your cured potatoes at about 40 degrees F. in a dark place. Too much light will turn them green. Never allow your potatoes to freeze.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 30, 2011

Q. Growing Potatoes in Soil and Straw

I started my potatoes in soil. Can I cover them with straw after they get about 6 inches tall with for the rest of the growing cycle?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 31, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Yes, you can do this. Just make sure a little of the stem pokes out the top of the straw as you fill in each time.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 4, 2011

Q. How Much Watering to Grow Potatoes

I have planted my first garden and am thinking about growing potatoes, but I don’t know how much to water them if I do plant. I live in South Carolina and it’s very hot here. I have mostly sand for soil. However, I have bought soil and mixed it in. Please let me know how much to water and any other tips you may have.

Answered by
Nikki on
June 4, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

For the maximum crop, keep your potato vines well watered throughout the summer, but especially during the period when they are in flower, and immediately thereafter. Keep soil moist but not soggy. Water early in the day so that the foliage has time to dry completely before evening. When foliage turns yellow and dies back, discontinue watering.

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Asked by
cheadr on
June 15, 2011

Q. Potatoes

I have a question about my potatoes. I planted a light skinned, I believe it was Yukon Gold, potato. I have graveled a few and the skin is red. I am puzzled. Can you give me an answer?
Thanks.
cheadr

Answered by
Heather on
June 20, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

If it is a blotchy red, it could be blight on the potatoes, but you would likely also see some unhealthiness in the foliage as well.

Another possibility is that the seed potatoes were mislabeled. The fungicide that was used to treat them may have masked the red color and had given them a lighter colored cast.

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Asked by
johnny on
June 15, 2011

Q. Cutting Back Potatoes

My potatoes are growing about 3 ft. high. Could I cut them back? Will that do any harm?

Answered by
Heather on
June 20, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

If you cut them back, you will be removing their ability to collect energy to store. Since they store excess energy in their tubers (aka potatoes) this means there would be fewer and smaller potatoes. It is best not to cut them back. Some people do mound up dirt or straw around the vines and this forces the plant to grow more tubers.

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Asked by
melbanaylor on
June 17, 2011

Q. When to dig potatoes

After the plant has died, how much time do I have to dig them?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 18, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

If you have not already done so, reading this article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/potato/how-and-when-to-harvest-potatoes.htm

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