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Patricia
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November 18, 2010 - 2:02 pm
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Hi,

I noticed that some potatoes in my kitchen have started producing shoots form the potato eyes.

Seeing this I want to try to grow them.

Has anyone grown potatoes? Do I have to cut each eye with the shoots and plant it or do I just have to plant the entire potato?

Will potatoes grow in the potting mix of 1:1:1:1 (perlite, vermiculite, cocopeat, compost)?

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Patricia
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Hi,

I just found GG's post on growing potatoes and I am going to try that method. But the post does not say if I should plant the whole potato with all the shoots or cut out each shoot and plant separately.

 

Looking forward to your answers. I am planning to plant them this weekend

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geekgardener
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November 18, 2010 - 2:29 pm
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Hi Patricia,

 

I would say plant the entire potato though you dont really have to. By planing the whole potato, you are avoiding fungal infection which can be caused by cut portions of potatoes. It might easily rot if not taken care properly.

The potatoes I harvested were very creamy and because they were picked early, they had a thin skin.

Do post your experiences too

 

GG

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madhavi
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Hello Patricia

I started growing potatoes in rice bag. Plastic bags that you get rice and wheat not jute bags. I had followed GG and some others sites for it. Once the potatoes grew eye I cut it up and planted about 3 or 4 cuts - maybe too much for a small space.  Placed some stones at the bottom of the bag, added soil vermicompost and some sand - no measure. they started growing well and each time the plants about 4 were 6 inch tall i would add the above mix - the entire bag got filled up and so about 2 fet tall and they are growing - it has been about 2-2.5 months now. They need staking or they will flop - the tops leaves do not look that good maybe due to excess rain we had in HYD. But no signs of flowers after which they are supposed to dry upthen you have to wait for 2 more weeks for the tubers to mature assuming that there are tubers.

GG maybe you can tell when to expect flowers - I also drapped some black plastic around the bag freeking  out if the potatoes turned green. so waiting which is fine with me

madhavi

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madhavi
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hello Patricia

any luck with your potatoes - mine got blight I think - waited for 3 weeks to see if they would regrow - not doing good so pulled it out and the whole plant was rotten below - so no potatoes -

there is a sack full of soil and compost - anyone can suggest if I can resues the material - as potatoes are supposed to notorious for virus - thanks for the help

madhavi

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You can reuse the soil and compost. Just make sure you remove all the rotten material from the compost and don't grow potatoes or its relatives. Try out some greens. They are quick.

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I kept a couple of potatos for chitting. 

- Does anyone have info or has done chitting in Indian environment? Place/weather?

- How long does it take? The few eyes are barely seen. 

- Is it the right time for chitting in India? 

- Do we store it in a cold/dark place or under indirect sunlight?

- Do we keep it in a couple of mm of shallow water?

 

I am planning to use a 15 inch deep water can and the dia of the can would be 12in say. Would this suffice?

All this for promoting eye growth. Impatience!

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The way I did it is, take regular plate/box place the potatoes in it and place it warm place. The shoots showed up in two weeks. Your mileage could vary. Another simple way to get chitted potatoes is... head to your nearby veggie store and ask for potatoes that have chitted usually they might have some unsold :D. at what price? depends on how good bargainer you are ...

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That helps GG. I will try that. Apart from potting in these chitted potatoes, can I get seeds of potatores of different varieties? There is the American Idaho potato that I know of - there could be other types. If we get hold of the seeds we can grow them in India as well. Ah! Just googled and found Tripura potatoes. TPS. True Potato Seeds. It costs Rs. 16,000 per kg. 100 gms can cover 1 hectare land. They take orders on net. You can read more about it:

 

http://tripura.nic.in/agr2.htm#TRUE POTATO SEED

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The way I did it is, take regular plate/box place the potatoes in it and place it warm place. The shoots showed up in two weeks. Your mileage could vary. Another simple way to get chitted potatoes is... head to your nearby veggie store and ask for potatoes that have chitted usually they might have some unsold :D. at what price? depends on how good bargainer you are ...

GG, In my experience when potatoes are placed in dark and cold place they tend to chit quickly.

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