What is the best way to store potatoes? How do you prepare potato seeds for the next season?
Polk County Oregon
Home grown potatoes are the best! For the end of season harvest, water very little after mid-August. Wait until the vines have died down completely, and then carefully dig them, setting aside for immediate use any tubers that were nicked with the shovel. Clean them, cure them for 10 days in a dark, well ventilated, cool area. For long term storage, lower the temperature to 40-45 degrees still with high humidity. Complete details are in this publication from OSU Extension, “Tips on keeping harvested potatoes fresh”.
Because of disease and viruses, it is best to not save potatoes for planting next year. It simply isn’t worth the risk. Each year purchase certified disease free stock from your local nursery.
Enjoy your potatoes!