Desprouting Seed Potatoes

Asked December 13, 2012, 4:38 PM EST

When storing potatoes over the winter for spring planting, should sprouting potatoes be continuously desprouted or is it better to let the potatoes grow lengthy sprouts and plant them as such. It seems like taking the sprouts off repeatedly might sap the tuber of energy, but I have heard of old timers taking the sprouts off during the winter. Thank you for your time.

Mendocino County California

1 Response

Hello form Ask an Expert.
We are sorry for the delay. The holidays have taken a toll on access to our experts. I suggest you view the following publication on potoatoes. Perhaps it will help:

http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/tips-keeping-harvested-potatoes-fresh

Best wishes for the holidays, and for your potatoes.

--Jeff