Seed Swaps


06 May 2011
17°C / 63°F

I was under the impression that you only had to stick a potato in water and/or in a dark spot and it would start sprouting – the “eyes” I’ve had a potato held by toothpicks in water for a few weeks now and nothing. Any suggestions?



Sounds like you have a dud. What I do is cut a potato in pieces (2 – 3 inch cubes, roughly) so that each ‘cube’ has at least one eye. Then leave the pieces in a sack or cardboard box for a day or so to let the raw edges toughen up. The plant in the ground with the eye side facing up. I usually start seeing sprouts in about a week.

Posted on 06 May 11 (about 5 years ago)

Could the whole bag be a dud, or do they treat them with something so they don’t sprout?

Posted on 06 May 11 (about 5 years ago)

These days you get best results with “Organic” potatoes that are less likely to have been treated with growth inhibitors. I had poor results last year with regular potatoes, but this year organic ones performed very well. You do not need to put them in water, but in a warm place like on top of the fridge or next to the water heater. Consider burying them in damp sand for a week or two once they start to sprout, to get them going. I journalled doing this earlier this spring. I used organic russets from Trader Joe. Make sure to inspect your potatoes for any signs of disease and get rid of any ones with soft spots or black spots, scale, or other defects, taking care not to expose the others to infection from them.

Posted on 06 May 11 (about 5 years ago)

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