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Potatoes potatoes and more potatoes

Post by edwin aguila » Wed, 20 May 1998 04:00:00



FOlks,
So, i thre out an old potato into the compost heap a while back,.  I
looked at it the other day, and it had "grown"  long vines and starting
to flower.  I said to myself,what the heck, I'll put the thing in the
ground.. NOw, I read that maybe I have ruined potato farming for many
decades inthe area, due to disease from store bought taters...

SO< Should i rip the things out?  The roots already had little baby
taters on em.. very cute and cuddly.

cheers,
edwin

 
 
 

Potatoes potatoes and more potatoes

Post by DGholst » Wed, 20 May 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>NOw, I read that maybe I have ruined potato farming for many decades inthe

area, due to disease from store bought taters...

SO Should i rip the things out?  The roots already had little baby taters on
em.. very cute and cuddly.<

Ignore all of this and grow and enjoy your potato plant. With all of the store
bought potatoes that get planted, if it were that much of a threat, the whole
country would be unfit for potatoes. This being said, it is still advisable to
plant "certified" potatoes when putting in your patch.

Don Gholston

 
 
 

Potatoes potatoes and more potatoes

Post by Brndast » Wed, 20 May 1998 04:00:00


Hi....I don't want to sound dumb, but what is up with the potatoes?  And, if
they are so disease ridden, how can we eat them?  I just started reading this
newsgroup last week, and was thinking about planting potatoes that I had from
the market.

Now I too am having second thoughts...I'm a new gardener and I thought it
sounded easy...hmmmmmmm....
Brenda

"Life is what happens while we're making other plans"  - John Lennon

 
 
 

Potatoes potatoes and more potatoes

Post by Gary Coope » Wed, 20 May 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> FOlks,
> So, i thre out an old potato into the compost heap a while back,.  I
> looked at it the other day, and it had "grown"  long vines and starting
> to flower.  I said to myself,what the heck, I'll put the thing in the
> ground.. NOw, I read that maybe I have ruined potato farming for many
> decades inthe area, due to disease from store bought taters...

> SO< Should i rip the things out?  The roots already had little baby
> taters on em.. very cute and cuddly.

> cheers,
> edwin

Nah, I'd say leave it there until harvest. If the store-bought spud was
carrying some disease, it's already had a chance to infect the soil.
But if the plant does start looking diseased, it's best to destroy it.

Gary

 
 
 

Potatoes potatoes and more potatoes

Post by Gary Coope » Wed, 20 May 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
> Hi....I don't want to sound dumb, but what is up with the potatoes?  And, if
> they are so disease ridden, how can we eat them?  I just started reading this
> newsgroup last week, and was thinking about planting potatoes that I had from
> the market.

> Now I too am having second thoughts...I'm a new gardener and I thought it
> sounded easy...hmmmmmmm....
> Brenda

The chances of any given potato being diseased aren't all that large, but
if you plant one that is, the consequences for future potato crops can be
devastating (as the Irish found out in the 1840s). That's why certified
disease-free seed potatoes are a good thing, if you can get them.

Don't worry about eating potatoes, though. What we're talking about here
are plant diseases -- they don't affect humans (or any other animals).

Gary