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May 22, 2020 1:39 PM CST
Indiana
Hi, I'm totally new to gardening so I need some advice about growing potatoes. I ordered a seed potato kit that came with the seed potatoes and smart bags. I got to wondering if the potatoes had to have sprouts on them so I watched some videos on YouTube and am somewhat confused. Is it necessary to chit your potatoes or can I just plant them without eyes? Also, is it even too late for me to grow potatoes? I read where people were saying that you should start growing them in March or April. The videos I watched said it could take 2 - 4 weeks for them to grow eyes which would make it June before I could even plant them and that worries me. I live in southern Indiana or zone 6 if that helps. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
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May 23, 2020 11:33 PM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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You have to plant the eyes to get shoots. It may be too late for you now but it won't hurt to try and see for yourself. Maybe you can get a few good sized potatoes this year. Good luck
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May 24, 2020 2:41 AM CST
Indiana
Thank you for answering me. I'll definitely go ahead and try and hope for the best.
Avatar for RpR
May 25, 2020 2:42 PM CST
Name: Dr. Demento Jr.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Chitting is letting eyes sprout larger.
Your potatoes should already have eyes; if they do not you got a bum deal.
You can plant this late; best if you keep you soil below 70 degrees before planting.]
Potatoes do not like to be planted in warm soil.
The state of your eyes will determine how quickly potatoes break the soil surface as does the variety you plant.
Which kit did you buy?
Avatar for Dew73
May 25, 2020 5:28 PM CST
Indiana
RpR said:Chitting is letting eyes sprout larger.
Your potatoes should already have eyes; if they do not you got a bum deal.
You can plant this late; best if you keep you soil below 70 degrees before planting.]
Potatoes do not like to be planted in warm soil.
The state of your eyes will determine how quickly potatoes break the soil surface as does the variety you plant.
Which kit did you buy?


H, I bought the organic certified patriotic potato container growing kit from Wood Prairie Family Farm. It came with Adirondack Blue, Dark Red Nordland, and Elbas. 4 each. They did have eyes on them and they are growing fairly quickly except the Elbas, unfortunately their eyes don't seem to be growing much. I didn't know that about the soil so thank you for that because I have it outside and it's been hot here lately. I'll put it somewhere cooler for now.
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