Storing Potatoes - Knowledgebase Question

Williamsburg, KY
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Question by amoses
August 7, 1999
How should I store my potatoes so they last into winter? Is there anything I need to do to prepare them--for example, should I wash them?

Answer from NGA
August 7, 1999
For maximum harvest and good keeping quality, potatoes need time to fully mature. Potatoes should be dug 2 to 3 weeks after the tops die down. This will give the skins time to toughen up and become thick enough to protect them during storage. Once dug, potatoes need time to cure before storage. Don't wash them, but gently brush the excess dirt off, then allow them to cure for about 2 weeks at temperatures of about 45F, with good air circulation. Then you can store them all winter in a cool, dark location, with plenty of air circulation.

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