How to Plant Seed Potatoes - Knowledgebase Question

Marathon, WI
Question by rllarsen5
May 31, 1999
How do I plant seed potatoes? Do I cut them up getting a couple "eyes" on each chunk or do I just plant the whole potato? How deep do I plant them?


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Answer from NGA
May 31, 1999

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Seed potatoes are pieces of actual potatoes that contain one or more "eyes" (sprouting points). Most gardeners I know cut them up to get more starters. Make sure they each have at least 1, preferably 2 eyes. Plant seed potatoes in deep, well-drained but moist soil. Dig a one foot deep trench and place the seed pieces about 12" apart in the trench and cover them lightly with soil. As the sprouts emerge, bury them with soil. Do this 2-3 times until the soil is mounded around the emerging sprout. The buried part of the plant will develop roots and provide plenty of space in the soil for forming the potato tubers. Good luck with your spuds!

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