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« on: May 24, 2010 08:51:14 AM »

I'm growning potatoes for the very first time and am coming across a lot of odd tips'n'tricks.  So I think I've concluded through my online research that I can stop worrying about covering the lower parts of the plants after they've started blooming, and I can pick a bit after they've stopped blooming.

I've been told to cover up any 'baby' potatoes that I see on the surface so they don't get sunburned... do they look like mini-taters?  Will I know for sure when I see them??  How long can they grow above the surface before they develop green bits? (Perhaps I'll actually have plenty of time to spot them and cover.)

I'm probably being too darn nervous... they're just potatoes after all.   Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2010 01:22:51 AM »

I've only grown them once, when I was in high school.  I just buried them underground, they grew with very little interference, they had weird bumps that were kind of bitter (and probably shoulda indicated that they shouldn't be eaten) but the inside was tasty.
So, considering I didn't know what I was doing and they turned out ok, and I survived eating them, your chances are good.  HOWEVER, I've heard that they do develop a toxin if exposed to sunlight (or is it too much sunlight?  or not enough light?  eep!), so I would exercise caution.  Just because I was lucky doesn't mean everyone will be.  And also, my yield was crap.  like enough for a serving, after planting three potato sections.  So if you do it right, you should get way more, and hopefully no weird bumps.
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2010 05:17:45 AM »

You'll know because you'll see small round potatoes poking from the ground around the base of the plant.  If you either mulch the base of the plant with straw or draw soil up around the base, you shouldn't have to worry. 
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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2010 06:22:40 AM »

you must earth up potatoes (keep covering them up as they grow) if they get exposed to sunlight they turn green and will give you a tummy ache if you eat them!

(so don't eat green crips/chips!)
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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2010 03:26:46 PM »

*Update*  I kept them covered well enough to end up with about 5lbs of potatoes!!  Couldn't stand the wait any longer after my plants started looking like they were dying... so out came the shovel.

Not a lot of final product, but then again I only started with about four seed potatoes.

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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2010 03:28:17 PM »

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