What to do if tubers grow 2-3 stems?

HighlanderNorthMarch 31, 2012

I wet ahead and planted a few tubers that had sprouted early about 28 days ago, after shortening their stems to 1". But we had a couple frosts, and the shallower tubers(that I didnt care about) died apparently.

But the one I do care about(MacAllister's Pride) did grow, but it grew 2 stems that popped up above soil about 8 days ago, and about days ago I dug down to the tuber and pinched off 1 of the 2 tubers.

hey both seemed smaller and thinner than they should be, but it has been cooler recently, and there were 2 instead of 1.

Was that the correct thing to do? Will the 1 thats left now get thicker since I removed it's competition? It was a very small, thin tuber that sprouted early..... I have been wrapping the large pot its in in a trash bag when it gets cold at night, and thats protected it so far.

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keriann_lakegeneva(5B WI/IL border)

Yeah, it is up to you.

I keep some of mine at 3-4 stems because I think they look better, but I am not growing them for competition. Whichever works for you. I will say that you need good air circulation no matter what you choose to go with 1 vs multi-stems.

Good uck!


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