The Q&A Archives: Planting Potatoes

Question: I planted certified 'Yukon Gold' and 'Caribe' potatoes on 9/23/00 in zone 9. They were set in trenches aout 3 inches deep. How many days until they break ground? The conditions here are favorable.

Answer: Potatoes can take 2-3 weeks to sprout, depending upon soil temperature. Heavy clay soils can retard their growth (and also produce unattractive tubers). If you planted in a loose sandy loam, you can expect to see shoots most any time, now. Hope you have a terrific crop.

p.s. If you're really curious, dig up one of the potatoes to see what kind of progress it's making.

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