Replanting Last Years Potatoes - Knowledgebase Question

Burlington, Ka
Question by duanebauer
March 3, 2011
Can I replant last years garden potatoes and expect them to grow? They have started growing already. Do I need to do anything with the potatoes other than just replant them? What should I do with the vines that are growing on the potatoes?


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Answer from NGA
March 3, 2011

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You can replant the potatoes that have sprouted and they will probably develop into new potato plants. My only concern is that they may have developed diseases during storage. (That's why we recommend planting only certified seed potatoes.) But, if your potatoes look otherwise healthy, your can replant them now. Just go ahead and bury the potatoes, sprouts and all. There's enough stored energy in the tubers for them to develop more shoots once they've been planted and those shoots will emerge from the soil surface and grow into a plant.

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