Will tubers with thin stems grow thick healthy plants eventually?

HighlanderNorthJune 4, 2013

This year some of my tubers have thin shoots growing from the tubers and the stems start out thin after breaking the ground and are still thin at nearly 6" tall with narrow leaf spread right now too. But will they grow out of this and become thick, healthy plants, or should tubers with thin sprouts be thrown out?

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mandolls(4)

I have definitely had them thicken into sturdy stems after starting spindly. Do you top them after the 3rd or 4th set of true leaves form? That will make them thicker and bushier with more flowers (but later)

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 3:26PM
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HighlanderNorth

Yes, I definitely top them at the 3rd leaf level. I have noticed their stems thicken considerably within 2 weeks of being topped too. But that's usually with tubers that grew fairly thick stems to begin with. Many of last years tubers that I over wintered are growing thin, spindly stems. I hope topping them, and time will rectify the problem(if they even survive this latest deluge of rain!)

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 12:39AM
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