Preventing Rot In Fall Planted Potatoes - Knowledgebase Question

St. Simonsisland, GA
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Question by js4
September 8, 1999
Is there a way to treat potatoes so that when they are cut and planted they will not rot in the ground?

Answer from NGA
September 8, 1999
Potato seed pieces planted in late summer for a fall crop do tend to easily decay in the warm soil before they have a chance to sprout and establish a plant. To reduce these problems, dust the cut surfaces with sulfur dust and allow them to "cure" for about a week in a well ventilated area. This will reduce problems from soil rot. Another technique for avoiding soil rot is to select smaller potatoes to plant whole without cutting into seed pieces.

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