The Basics - Preparing Seed Potatoes for Planting
You've never tasted a potato until you've tasted an organic homegrown potato, dug fresh from the garden.
Potatoes are very easy to grow and very affordable.
Have you ever noticed, when you buy a bag of potatoes in the grocery store - occasionally you will find an older potato that has a little bud or eye on it? - Well, this is the beginning of the potato plant. In the past I have planted "old" potatoes that I bought from the grocery store but I recommend buying "Seed Potatoes" from your local greenhouse or nursery instead. This year I bought 2 bags of "Seed Potatoes" for $5.99 each and I ended up getting 70 potato plants out those 2 bags.
Before planting your "seed potatoes" - you must first:
1. Take the Seed Potatoes out of the bag and set them in a warm place (60 to 70 degrees F.) with lots of sunlight.
2. Keep them in this warm place for about 1 to 2 weeks or until you notice the "eyes" or "buds"
sprouting (see the first picture above).
3. Now you will need to cut each potato into "sets". Whenever you see an "eye" (or bud) - cut just below the eye (see the picture below). Now I have 2 potato plants from 1 Seed Potato. From some of the larger potatoes you might get 3 or 4 plants. Continue cutting until you have completed the entire bag of seed potatoes.
4. Wait 2 more days before planting to allow the cut side to harden or "leather."
In a later post I will show you how to plant potato sets.