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Sulfur dust organic or better for potatoes?

 
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Hello,

So today I bought my seed potatoes and got them in bulk.  I am just a bit early but I am wanting to get a head start.

Anyhow, traditional advice for planting potatoes is to cover them in sulfur dust first.  Is this actually organic or better?

Also, if sulfur is not organic, is there an organic substitute/option?

Thanks,

Eric
 
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I have never needed it. I cut them in pieces and put in paper bag or cardboard box. They scab over just fine.
 
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Dusting with sulfur is old advice, because it turns out to serve no purpose and may actually be harmful when applied to cut tubers. If you are going to cut, make sure to sterilize your knife after every cut and either plant immediately or leave the tubers to heal in a humid environment.  That's it.
 
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Hi Eric

I have never used sulfur for potatoes.  I have 18 potatoes started.  I am going to try to get another  36 out before the week is up.
 
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Thanks guys,

I have planted plenty of potatoes before, but the only actually dusted them once—and I couldn’t tell that it did anything.  I suppose that means I will just forget about dusting them then.

I have plenty of potatoes to plant and I want to gets jump on them ASAP, but not until I am reasonably certain that they won’t freeze out—we are supposed to have some freezing temperatures this week.

Eric
 
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