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I bought some seed potatoes and they've been sitting out a couple weeks to grow more eyes. I just wanted to know if these look normal. Please see the attached picture. First, is green normal? Also, notice how the tips of a few are black and look like they've been burned or something. Comments please
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They look fine to me, ready to plant.

The black tips may be roots sent out to explore for water and nutrients. Finding nothing, they can self-prune to conserve resources. They shrivel and turn black.
 
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I would have cut them before they got that much sprouted because often only one end will sprout strongly but yours look good.
 
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Cut them so each piece has at least one eye. Let them dry out a bit, then plant.
 
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I like using whole potatoes and don't cut mine.
It's not based on any experimentation, and I have a very small planting area so can afford not to
I like potatoes to have three or four strong, well separated shoots when they go in the ground -I just rub off unwanted ones as I plant.
 
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Thanks for the info.

I've never grown potatoes before. Does each eye grow a potato? Or does each eye grow a potato plant which has several potatoes?
 
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Brandon Greer wrote:Or does each eye grow a potato plant which has several potatoes?



That one.
 
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I have found that a potato plant grown from a whole seed potato is less susceptible to diseases .
 
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wayne stephen wrote:I have found that a potato plant grown from a whole seed potato is less susceptible to diseases .



Good observation.
Just as trees grown from seed are less likely to become diseased than those grown from cuttings.
The open wound from a cut becomes a vector for disease to enter.

You will get more plants by cutting out individual eyes, but are at much greater risk of disease.
Once you have diseased plants in your soil, it is a loong road back to healthy soil.


 
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