Vegetables and Fruit forum: sweet potatoe tubers.... have white mold?

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muffin
Nov 25, 2015 7:22 PM CST
I just received some very special sweet potatoes in the mail, they had been packed loosely in a plastic bag, and have grown a bit of white mold- not a lot. How do I remove this and keep the tubers healthy for growing starts from? I only want to remove the mold, without damage to tubers...
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Nov 26, 2015 4:57 AM CST
Sweet potatoes need to be cured before storeage to prevent them from molding. Perhaps they weren't cured. Also putting them in a plastic bag could have stimulated the mold if they weren't cured. I'd cut off the mold and cure them by keeping them in a warm place until the new cuts dried over. Here's a link that tells you about it.
http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/crops_livestock/crops/sweet_po...
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muffin
Nov 26, 2015 7:12 AM CST
is there a way to wash it off without damaging the tubers? Can I use a bleach water wash, or something similar?

muffin
Nov 26, 2015 10:11 AM CST
I just came across a video that says...1:10 of 3% hydrogen peroxide will do the job...so off to try it!
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tveguy3
Nov 26, 2015 10:24 AM CST
Good luck!
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Kathy547
Dec 23, 2015 8:43 AM CST
You could also try cinnamon. Someone suggested I try that on some potatoes I wanted to plant. I put them in a plastic bag, poured cinnamon, shook until they were coated. Took them out & planted a couple days later. It worked!!!

muffin
Dec 23, 2015 8:54 AM CST
my experiment worked...no more mold!
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tveguy3
Dec 24, 2015 1:24 PM CST
I know that people use cinnamon on Dahlia bulbs to keep them from rooting. Smiling
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Weedwhacker
Dec 27, 2015 9:09 PM CST
tveguy3 said:I know that people use cinnamon on Dahlia bulbs to keep them from rooting. Smiling


@tveguy3 Tom -- was that supposed to be "to keep them from molding" ?

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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Dec 28, 2015 3:49 AM CST
Oh dear, I'm loosing it! Hilarious! Yes it think I may have been wanting to say rotting, or molding would have been a better word to use.
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Weedwhacker
Dec 28, 2015 9:13 AM CST
Oh, I see it now -- mind thinking "rotting," fingers doing "rooting." Funny how that can happen, isn't it?? Just didn't want you to scare anyone off from using cinnamon because it would prevent rooting! Hilarious!
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Name: Alex Junge
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Plantsmylove
Jan 3, 2016 8:41 AM CST
I did not know Cinnamon could help stop rot
Name: Alex Junge
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Plantsmylove
Jan 7, 2016 2:10 PM CST
May try growing sweat patatoes this year. On a tepee or trellis
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tveguy3
Jan 8, 2016 6:27 AM CST
If you have at least a 100 days of growing season you should be able to have some success with them. Good luck and keep us informed! Smiling
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Plantsmylove
Jan 10, 2016 9:39 AM CST
Okay
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