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What are these on my potatoes?


 
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Prudence
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:54 am    Post subject: What are these on my potatoes? Reply with quote

Hi

I decided to grow some Sarpo potatoes this year. Quite a few had seeds form. But one plant had what look like baby potatoes growing up the culm over a foot above ground.

Any thoughts?

Sue



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

they are potato tubers and are natural . If your soil is shallow or if you did not earth them up this will occur. It can also be caused by over vigorous growth at a time the stalks are growing or may result from too much liquid feed.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael, thank you for your reply.

I grew several Sarpos in the same bed. It was a raised bed and all were earthed up. They were not fed at all. I've never seen this before. I did think they could be tubers, but to be honest, I thought they should have been green as they were exposed to the light.

Once again, thank you. I may just go and plant them!

Sue
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