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Offline firetoad

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When to buy seed potatoes?
« on: October 11, 2008, 12:42:26 PM »
I have gardened before in the past (never on the scale I plan to starting next year).  However, I have never planted potatoes before.  When is the best time to purchase seed potatoes? 

I am planning on trying a trashcan or tire stack potato garden.  We will see how that works!

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Re: When to buy seed potatoes?
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2008, 03:37:22 PM »
What part of the country are you in?

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Re: When to buy seed potatoes?
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2008, 04:24:08 PM »
Sorry, I guess that is helpful! 

I am near St. Louis, Missouri.

Thanks!

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Re: When to buy seed potatoes?
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2008, 04:28:53 PM »
You're supposed to have them by October 1st.

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Re: When to buy seed potatoes?
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2008, 05:12:04 PM »
This will definitely expose my ignorance, but will be the only way I can learn.

When you say by October 1, are you referring to a fall yield?

If so, when is a good time in the spring?  I am thinking that maybe getting them in the ground mid-late March.  Yes/no?

Thanks again!

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Re: When to buy seed potatoes?
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2008, 08:30:18 PM »
You buy them in October, if you wait until spring, you won't find any.  You plant them in the spring when the ground is 45-50 degrees.  About 2 weeks before you plant them, you put them in a warm spot, (between 60-70 degrees) and in bright light.  Have you ever grown asparagus?

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Re: When to buy seed potatoes?
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2008, 09:19:40 PM »
Never have grown asparagus.  Like it, but have never grown it.

Honestly, I haven't grown anything recently, but have grown the simpler plants, like tomatoes, various peppers, onions, eggplants, strawberries, etc., in the past. 

Thank you for the information/assistance!

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Re: When to buy seed potatoes?
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2008, 06:01:48 AM »
When we were buying seeds for our first garden we went to our local feed store and they gave us a copy of the Farmers Almanac. It is an abbreviated copy of the one you can buy, but it has planting dates for most things. So we followed that, it was a snap.

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Re: When to buy seed potatoes?
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2008, 10:04:25 AM »
I get mine in the spring from the local garden center.

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Re: When to buy seed potatoes?
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2008, 10:10:42 AM »
I always thought you put the potato in the ground and it would make other potatoes. I didn't know they had seeds you could buy. I am looking for seeds, but they do not have any at Wal-Mart. Do you think there would be some at Lowes? I am planning on starting a garden next year. Would love to have the seeds now.  :D

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Re: When to buy seed potatoes?
« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2008, 05:42:00 PM »
Does anyone know anything about growing pear trees?  Can the seeds taken out of the pear be used?  How many years until the first fruit? Any special needs?
As for the potatoes - does storage in a crisper harm them? Or, must they be kept cool & dry?


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Re: When to buy seed potatoes?
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2008, 05:43:14 PM »
I'm sorry. I didn't mean to hyjack the thread.   :-[

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Re: When to buy seed potatoes?
« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2008, 06:57:37 PM »
I always thought you put the potato in the ground and it would make other potatoes. I didn't know they had seeds you could buy. I am looking for seeds, but they do not have any at Wal-Mart. Do you think there would be some at Lowes? I am planning on starting a garden next year. Would love to have the seeds now.  :D

The eyes of the potatoes are the seeds.  You cut seed potatoes up and try and keep a eye in the center of your cut leaving as much potato on as possible.  Soak it in water the night before you plant.  Some potatoes that you purchase at the grocery store are treated where they don't sprout so it's best to purchase seed potatoes from a garden center or from an online seed store.