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NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,307

I placed my pulled spuds in sacks back in August and in the last two weeks they have started to sprout

They are under the stairs in the sacks in the dark

? Any suggestions as to why and what to do if anything

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  • No expertNo expert Posts: 415

    What variety are they? Are they maincrop?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,833

    They're probably too warm. They need dark, dry and cool conditions.

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  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,307

    Kestrels   2nds  Pulled 28/7 and sacked 5/8 with 1/4 inch long sprouting

    Foremost  1sts  Pulled 2/7  sacked  3/7   4inch sprouting

    Wilja  2nds   Pulled and sacked August   1/2 inch long sprouting

     

     

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  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,307

    Dove.....good to hear from you again

    Where do you store yours to keep them cool please ?

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,833

    Hi NewBoy image

    I only grow new potatoes and eat them as we harvest them.  Brother is a big potato farmer and grows thousands of tonnes - they're all stored in huge chilled stores. If I'm lucky I get a sack of potatoes (and some carrots, parsnips, onions and sprouts) from him at Christmas and I keep them in the garage - cool, dark and frost-free. 

     

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  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,307

    I suppose I can try the shed in the garden but wont that attract Ratty

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,833

    Rats do love potatoes. How big is your shed?  Is there room for an old (not working) chest freezer - you could put the sacks of potatoes in there - with the lid down that should be rat proof. 

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  • No expertNo expert Posts: 415

    As usual Dove has hit on the problem. For us small time growers it is best to grow just as many earlies or 2nds as we can eat by early October. They are very hard to keep any longer without cold storage. Here in Tipperary we have only had 2 nights of light frost so far and in such conditions only maincrop will hold.

  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,307

    6 x 4 foot only

    I only have in total one sack full from planting about 150 tubers !!

    I tried 6 varieties of spuds and I was dissappointed with the returns so I will just try new potatoes and sweet potatoes next season as it seems too much trouble to do a big store of spuds

    Thank you for your advice as usual Dove

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  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,307

    Noexpert.......and thank you for your advice as well and best wishes to Gods Own Country

    I play skittles with a lovely bunch of Irishmen every week !!

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