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Post  Icemaiden on 8/17/2012, 5:46 pm

Hi
Last autumn I bought some unusual potatoes from an organic shop and just kept them in the fridge in a plastic bag until the spring when I fished them out and let them sprout ready to plant. They were a type with dark purple skin which are slow to spout and have a rather low yield.

I also planted some shop-bought imported-from-France salad potatoes which produced really well. I would like to keep a few of these for seed next spring. Can I keep them in a plastic bag in the fridge like I did the others? Or are they likely to sprout too early?

Does anyone keep their own potatoes in small quantities, and if so how?

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Post  sceleste54 on 8/18/2012, 10:14 am

I've grown potatoes several seasons now in big rubbermaid bins. I've saved the last of the smallest ones in a cool dark place each time and then replanted them with good success. I also save any store bought ones that sprout well and plant them too..

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Post  plantoid on 8/25/2012, 6:09 pm

I've often kept small spuds in a foot or so of dry peat in a tub on the floor over winter in my shed even though it got to minus 10 o C for a few days . They chitted up and grew OK .
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Post  Icemaiden on 8/26/2012, 8:02 am

Thanks for the replies. Perhaps I'll put them in the garage, near to the door then.

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