Saving potatoes

newtoucanMay 1, 2012

I'm grew Purple Viking and La Ratte potatoes this year and they are delicious. They cost a lot to purchase the seed potatoes, and my yield wasn't great because this is the first time I grew them. Will make improvements next year. I'd like to know if there is a way to store some of the potatoes for seeding in the fall.

I'm near Phoenix so there really will be no cold place outside and inside, the house is at least 78 degrees or higher until around October/November. I think if I kept them in the refrigerator, they would get moldy. Anyone have any experience with this or ideas?

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Pagancat(Phoenix, AZ)

Freeze?

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 4:08PM
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tracydr(9b)

I kept my seed potatoes in a pillow case in the closet.
You don't want. Them too cold or it will break dormancy.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 7:19PM
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fabaceae_native

You might try putting them in a bag of peat in the fridge or as tracy says, in a closet. I've had good luck storing many things in variable temps in peat.

A tip on stretching your seed potatoes... if you're not doing this already, definitely cut the potatoes into sections each with at least one eye before planting. You can get 3 or more plants from each seed potato that way. I know this is not done commercially since it is too labor intensive, but it is definitely worthwhile for the home gardener.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 2:40PM
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newtoucan

So you keep your seed potatoes in the closet and they last until fall in these temps? What is the temp at your house?

Also I cut my sweet potatoes from the store up to get them to grow. I put rooting hormone on them and put them in indirect light, but no roots after a week. They are inside the house but seem to be drying maybe too much. I'm afraid they'll will simply dry up. Anyone have tips on getting the roots to grow.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 5:33PM
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Pagancat(Phoenix, AZ)

Sweet potatoes like it hot - they are definitely warm-weather plants. I'd stick 'em outside.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 9:31PM
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