What's Up With My Potatoes?

| 11/5/2015 9:36:00 AM

Tags: Gardening in Nebraska, growing potatoes, Nebraska Dave,

Adventures of Old Nebraska Dave

This year I planted potatoes in layers. The first layer was planted on Good Friday, the day that is always said to be the day to plant potatoes for my area. Then three weeks later when the sprouts poked through the soil, potatoes were laid on top of the first layer and eight inches of soil covered up the first layer sprouts and the planted potatoes. Three weeks later another layer was planted and covered. I was hoping that this method would give a bigger yield in a smaller space. By July every thing was going well and the first of the potatoes started blooming.

Growing potatoes in back yard

Of course the blooming was in three different times due to the layers planted at different times. Then a funny thing happened that I never saw happen on potatoes before. The blooms turned into little pods.

Little Potato pods

I have heard that potatoes can be planted from seed. I should have opened one of these up to see what was inside but I didn't think of it at the time. It was a very unusual thing. Things continued as planned and the vines dried up in three different times as expected. I left the potatoes in the ground hoping to get the biggest yield possible and didn't pay much attention for at least four weeks. The weather here has been unseasonably warm which may have something to do with what happened next.

11/15/2015 1:57:41 PM

Interesting! I've also had the experience of pulling up a volunteer potato plant and just finding the little potato buds and no seed potato. I assumed it was because the seed potato had shriveled up and disappeared. However, I've also had little "tomatoes" on my potato plants at times, and I believe I had some in that particular bed. So I'll bet that's what happened! I always wondered if it was a good or bad thing or indifferent when my potatoes bear fruit, or what causes it--but apparently it has its advantages! Jennifer Q

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