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Can potatoes be planted in August in Zone 5?

Posted by terry-upstate-ny 5 (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 3, 10 at 1:24

I just dug up about 5 lbs of potatoes that were volunteers from a few potatoes left in the ground from last year, when I planted a small potato patch. My DH roasted some of them on the BBQ with some oil brushed on them and they were great! Now I'd like to plant some of the smaller ones. I read a couple of articles that said you can plant potatoes in August and get Christmas potatoes, but I'm not sure what zone the authors of those articles were in. Here we usually have alot of snow by Chrismas. Does anyone know the best way to try this?
Terry


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RE: Can potatoes be planted in August in Zone 5?

Potatoes generally require about 100 plus days to produce the crop so there is a possibility. People for years have heavily mulched root crops to protect them from freezing and left them where they grew until time to use.


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RE: Can potatoes be planted in August in Zone 5?

It is not possible on several counts. Not enough time to frost is one. Declining sun right when the plant needs most sun is another. You might get a few tubers the size of blueberries.


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RE: Can potatoes be planted in August in Zone 5?

I read a couple of articles that said you can plant potatoes in August and get Christmas potatoes,

When you reread the articles, note the subtropical zones or greennhouses where this was done.

Dan


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RE: Can potatoes be planted in August in Zone 5?

Yes, in north florida one can grow fall new potatoes, though jan/feb planted are more productive.


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RE: Can potatoes be planted in August in Zone 5?

I guess that I will mulch them heavily, I plan to cover the entire small garden with leaves in the fall.
I did put some cut up potatoes in a tub yesterday with four inches of compost over them. I wonder if I could bring the tub in the house when it gets cold and let them grow indoors?
Thank you for your responses.
Terry


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RE: Can potatoes be planted in August in Zone 5?

Hi Terry,

I live in northern Jefferson County, NY and I planted one pound each of Yukon Gold and Pontiac potatoes last year at the beginning of August. I harvested them around Halloween and estimate production to be about one to two pounds per plant for a total of about fifty pounds.

The seed was planted about four inches down, then I mulched heavily with straw once the tops were about six inches tall. I covered the bed with plastic sheeting to keep growth going as late as possible. Potato sizes ranged from a half inch to four inches across, with the all but about three pounds in the two to three inch range. I was quite satisfied with the results, given the late date and the drought.

Jim


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RE: Can potatoes be planted in August in Zone 5?

50 lbs from 2 lbs of seed? That is 2.5 times what professionals generally consider a good yield, and that when the plant is growing at the optimum time of year. Either you have discovered a miracle or your numbers are not remotely close to reality.


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RE: Can potatoes be planted in August in Zone 5?

I would have to use shreaded leaves and pine needles to mulch with, the only straw I can get locally has too many seeds.
I am still growing a few potato plants, mostly from volunteer plants that pop up.
Terry


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RE: Can potatoes be planted in August in Zone 5?

To replant newly harvested potatoes, they might have to go through a dormant period first...adding to the unlikelyhood of a successful plantout.


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