Delayed Potato Planting - Knowledgebase Question

Corte Madera, CA
Question by hartcm
February 5, 1998
Last year I received my seed potatoes but did not plant my garden for a month or so after I received the seeds. By the time I planted, most of the seeds were rotted. What is the best way to store seed potatoes if planting will be delayed for a period of weeks.


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Answer from NGA
February 5, 1998

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Store your seed potatoes as you would your harvested potatoes: in a cool, dark area that's dry. Seed potatoes that experience warmth, light or moisture from humidity think it's time to sprout and grow. When they send out sprouts and get nothing in return, they use up all of their energy and rot. Be sure that the seed potatoes you're getting are certified disease free, to avoid problems in your planting.

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