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Tater eyes
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KY Plowgirl    Posted 02-04-2002 at 16:12:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Last year was my first year to grow and harvest my own potatoes. The first crop was turned out plentiful. My question is: How can I control the eyes from growing on the potatoes even if I have them in a dark, dry, cool, wooden box? Thanks for any help.

Jerry S    Posted 02-15-2002 at 07:16:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Commercial growers put a chemical on them to help resist sprouting but it isn't going to hurt if they sprout for you. You do want to keep them laid out apart from each other because they respire and will make them sprout worse. Temp should be around 45-50 degrees. If you are really not wanting to eat them, wait another month and cut and plant them.

KY Plowgirl    Posted 02-05-2002 at 15:50:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well, I see now says the blind man! Thanks for all the answers. Have a happy day!

Les...fortunate    Posted 02-04-2002 at 16:21:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well, you can't. Or if there is a way, it isn't worth the bother. Just break them off and keep using the potatoes. It won't hurt anything.

shoe    Posted 02-15-2002 at 12:01:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If seed spuds are going to be kept for seed, they must be kept in tempatures that are below 40
degrees. A small sprout on the tuber doesn't hurt
anything at planting time, as long as the sprout
hasn't pulled alot of moisture out of the tuber
causing it to get real soft. The seed piece needs
to sustain for quite a period of time to feed the
new plant. If the seed piece is week you can look
for a light set on the new plant. If at all pos-
sible, try to store the seed a constant 38 to 40
Idaho tater farmer.

bob    Posted 02-04-2002 at 17:05:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
buy them glasses so they don,t have to squint

Cowboy Joe    Posted 02-05-2002 at 15:02:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
For those Tater eyes I recommend some eye drops. Really helps with the reddness.

Les    Posted 02-04-2002 at 17:47:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
And when you plant again this spring, make sure you put them in plastic baggies so's you won't get dirt in their eyes ";^)

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