small potatos

Discussion in 'Fruit and Vegetable Gardening' started by fnh, Jul 25, 2001.

  1. fnh

    fnh Member

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    Regarding the potatoes I planted in May ... the foliage is abundant, the plants are breaking 3 feet in height. The potatoes themselves however are barely 1/4 inch in diameter (I discovered when curiosity got the better of me and I pulled one up recently). Are things progressing as they should? Flourishing and healthy foliage and small potaoes?
     
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    fnh, do you know what variety of potato it is? I've done a little bit of research, and found that different varieties have a different rate of tuberization / bulking.

    They do sound to be on the smallish side for this time of year, I have to admit.
     
  3. Douglas Justice

    Douglas Justice Active Member UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society 10 Years

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    Small potatoes could easily be the result of too much nitrogen or shade - resulting in overly lush top growth. The biggest potatoes are formed when the potato plant consists of a single stem. Multiple stems means more, smaller potatoes. Increase irrigation when plants are in flower.
     

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