Hard freeze and potatoes

CaraRoseApril 16, 2014

Well, I wish I had waited to move my bins of potatoes outside (they were started indoors under lights). Hard freeze into the mid-20s. I covered them but the vines are wilted.

Any chance of them resprouting? Or am I better off starting with the new seed potatoes?

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gardenper(8)

If the potato pieces don't look or feel mushy in a few days, then you can probably still get some growth from them. But if they are mushy, then start with new ones.

You might even go ahead to start some and plan on replacing a few, in case some are bad and some remain viable.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 3:12PM
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jonfrum(6)

Frost-damaged potato vines will grow back - no problem. I wouldn't bother starting them under lights - not much is gained.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 4:09PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Agree they will grow back unless the container and all of its contents got frozen, they recover. I had damage to exposed tops the past two nights in my potato fields, and we had hilled them under when the freeze was forecast, but expect full recovery.

Dave

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 4:31PM
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