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Name: Mary
NW Washington (Zone 8a)
May 2, 2016 11:01 AM CST
My potatoes grew very long eyes (12-16" ) while in storage this winter, I have 2 questions
1) what conditions would have caused this?
2) can I trim them back or remove these before planting?

thanks NW gardener
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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May 2, 2016 1:58 PM CST
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Are you saying eyes and meaning shoots? If so, shoots growing from the eyes are what you want. It just means you have a head start. Plant them at the same deapth you normally do.
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Name: Mary
NW Washington (Zone 8a)
May 2, 2016 3:21 PM CST
Thank you, I was not sure if the shoots being so far out of the ground would be okay. I've had them be several inches long but never quite like this, I was worried they wind break off in wind or fall over. appreciate your help
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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May 2, 2016 7:28 PM CST
Hi Mary -- welcome to !

The long shoots result from the potatoes being in the dark; when you see sprouts beginning it's best to put them in an area where they get light during the daytime (not direct sunlight, just in an area that has fairly bright light and preferably is rather cool). It seems a little counter-intuitive (at least it does to me), but the sprouts will grow very slowly in those conditions. But yes, I would go ahead and plant the ones you have, as carefully as possible. Some might break off in the process, but I think they will grow just fine for you Smiling
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