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I have never grown potatoes before....Someone told me that I should cut the flowers off of the plants and that would help the potatoes grow better......Any advise on this?
 

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Id like to know the answer to that also since this is the first year that i am growing potatoes and it looks like flowers soon.
 

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I have never grown potatoes before....Someone told me that I should cut the flowers off of the plants and that would help the potatoes grow better......Any advise on this?
my deer do it for me!:ROF
But I have never heard of that before I dont think I would do it, I was always told that when they flower it means the potatoes are growing.
 

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I have never heard that one! There are many commercial potato growers in my area and they do not cut the blossoms off the plants.

My potatoes are doing marvelous, planted almost 150 pounds. It would be almost imposable to remove all the flowers. My first planting will be ready to harvest August 22.
 

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I never heard of that either!

You can start digging a few to use by the time they start blooming. I just carfully scratch around the plants by hand to get "new potatoes" for daily use as soon as the blooms show. MMMMMMM good!
 

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I'll have to add another "never heard that one either."

I'm not saying that it isn't right, just hadn't heard of it. It might work well. Choose five or ten feet of a row and try it. It might work.
 

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Might try a couple of plants to see what happens........

I was also told to keep mounding up the dirt on the plants....Another old wives tale???....lol
 

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Might try a couple of plants to see what happens........

I was also told to keep mounding up the dirt on the plants....Another old wives tale???....lol
That is called "Hilling the potatoes", I believe it should be done, I also thik the reason for "hilling potatoe" is to keep them covered with dirt, you do not want the potatoes showing thru the ground and being exposed to the sun.

BTW I have never heard of removing the blooms off of the potatoe plants. I would think the potatoes would need the blooms so they can be polinated.....perhaps I am wrong
 

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That is called "Hilling the potatoes", I believe it should be done, I also thik the reason for "hilling potatoe" is to keep them covered with dirt, you do not want the potatoes showing thru the ground and being exposed to the sun.
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Hilling potatoes does indeed keep the sun from getting to them. If they are not hilled and the sun allowed to hit them, they will turn green with sunburn. You will end up losing a lot of your potato to sun burn. Makes them taste horrible.
 

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Sunburned potatoes are said to be toxic!

I "hill" mine with aged, coarse sawdust. Then dig most of them with my fingers 'a meal at a time'. I just press the seed potatoes into the ground a couple of inches deep, then cover with sawdust as they grow, work it into the soil in the Fall. ~~ grnspot110
 

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Hilling is good for keeping the sun off the spuds, I was also told years back that hilling them makes them grow bigger too.. Never confirmed that one.
 

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Sunburned potatoes are said to be toxic!
That very well could be true. I don't know for certain and I wasn't going to say so without knowing, but I have heard that too.
 

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The more you hill potatoes the larger the crop, as they grow off the stem. try growing one in a barrel or or anything a couple of feet deep. They keep making off shoots as the plant grows and you keep filling up the barrel with dirt. this continues untill it starts to bloom.
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Do you have to use a seed potato when you plant? I see some mention pushing the seeding potatoes back in to grow. I'm hoping to plant some this fall...these are some good tips mentioned.
 

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Do you have to use a seed potato when you plant? I see some mention pushing the seeding potatoes back in to grow. I'm hoping to plant some this fall...these are some good tips mentioned.
This is my first year planting potates since i was a kid and used grocery store potatoes.They all came up and plants look very healthy,hoping i get a good harvest.When i grew them as a kid they were store bought and it worked out well then..
 

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When potatoes got too old here at home during the spring, dad would plant them. All he did was bury the seed potatoe, and nothing more until time to dig'em up.

I bought some seed potatoes this past spring and planted them. As per a guide I read online, I dug a trench 10-12" deep. and covered the seed potatoes. As they frew, I hilled the dirt.

Right now, from the bottom of the trench to the top iof the hills must be anout 20 inches, with another 4" of plant sticking up from the hill.

I dunno if I should continue hilling, or of I should be fine to just let them go.


I don't think potatoes need to be polinated, really, I have no idea. They don't grow off the flower. However, if you remove the flower, and energy/food that would've gone into the flower, will be used by the rest of the plant/potatoes.
 

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Someone here said something about store potatoes being spayed with an anti growth chemical, so they don't sprout in the bag.........but, if you have a few old spuds around your cupboard, you can see how well that works....lol

I did gut up a store bought sweet potato and planted it.....it didn't come up, but was also told they don't grow well here.
 
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