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Jun 11, 2020 5:21 PM CST
After three months in Vigoro (or Miracle Gro) vegetable soil, I got a poor harvest of potatoes, and the skins seem flaky. They were drenched in rain a week before harvest, but I let the soil dry out before I dumped my 20-gallon pot.

Are these OK to eat or this is normal?

Not sure which type - a friend bought three types for me, white, baby red and purple. These are the purple ones.

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Jun 11, 2020 8:49 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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I wouldn't have a problem eating them but, I would peel them.
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Jun 12, 2020 12:18 PM CST
Name: Dr. Demento Jr.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
They are fine to eat.
How many plants did you have in the pot?
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Jun 12, 2020 3:15 PM CST
RpR said:They are fine to eat.
How many plants did you have in the pot?

I planted five seed potato pieces in a large, 20-gallon planter. I had large foliage with no blight for three months. I understand that either drought or a bacteria can cause the flaky skin. Don't know why I got such a low yield, unless the pot was crowded; but it wasn't as crowded as many planters I've seen on the internet.

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Jun 12, 2020 8:03 PM CST
Name: Dr. Demento Jr.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Large foliage is not always a good sign.
Potatoes are known to put their effort into foliage when too much nitrogen is used; acidic soil also greatly increases yield.
Potatoes give smaller potatoes when spaced less than 12 inches apart, 16 is need for truly large potatoes.
Constraints of a pot also limit amount and size.
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