Planting fall potatoes in zone 7

sbyerb1144June 15, 2011

I have just received a replacement order of Kennebec seed potatoes. I've already dug what potatoes I planted in Feb and was wondering if Fall potatoes could be grown in my zone and if so when they need to be planted. Do I need to keep the seed in the refrigerator until they can be planted?

Thanks for all your help.

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wertach zone 7-B SC

No need to refrigerate, just a cool dry place. I would spread them out so they aren't touching each other in case some rot before planting time. I'm in zone 7 , Upstate SC, and I plant mine from about July 1st to the 15th and they do well. Not as good production as the spring ones though.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 2:05PM
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jonhughes(So.Oregon)

Plant them now, I can't imagine why you would wait.
You have plenty of time for an awesome crop ;-)

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 4:28PM
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OrchidOCD

Agree with the 'plant now' suggestion. I just harvested my earlies and replanted with the fall crop. In lots of zone 6/7 locations, there's plenty of time for 2 crops of potatoes.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 7:34PM
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sbyerb1144

Thanks to all of you. I will go ahead and plant, praying they won't cook in the ground in this dry heat wave we are in.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 10:03PM
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jonhughes(So.Oregon)

Praying is Great, but also do whatever you can to keep the soil cooler than 80 degrees, they have a real hard time being prolific after 8o degrees.

This is today's harvest :

So Blessed ;-)

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 11:01PM
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