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Selecting seed potatoes: It is critical that seed potatoes are in good condition and are disease free.
Storing seed potatoes: Seed potatoes need to be kept very cold (~38 degrees F) and in complete darkness in order to avoid sprouting before they have been planted.
Potatoes do best in full sun and in slightly acidic soils (pH 5.0-7.0). Potatoes should be rotated in a garden - never grown in the same spot until there has been at least a 3 year absence of potatoes. Potatoes can be planted in early spring, once soil temperatures have reached 45 degrees F, in moist soil.
When planting seed potatoes, it is a good idea to expose seed potatoes to light and temperatures between 60-70 degrees F for 1-2 weeks before planting in order to encourage sprouting. Seed potatoes smaller than a golf ball can be planted whole. Larger seed potatoes should be cut into pieces approximately 2 square inches across. Seed potato chunks should contain at least one eye or bud. Cut seed potatoes 1-2 days before planting.
Potatoes produce seed in tomato-like pods. These seeds are commonly referred to as True Potato Seed (TPS) and produce interesting variations of potatoes when planted. However, if you are interested in producing potatoes that are as similar to your current crop as possible, the best method is to use seed potatoes as the basis for your next crop. Seed potatoes are chosen from the potatoes you harvest each year and are saved for planting the following season. See below for tips on selecting and saving seed potatoes.
Many farmers and gardeners simply save seed potatoes to plant the following year.
Sources: http://blog.seedsavers.org/tips-for-growing-potatoes/; http://homeguides.sfgate.com/grow-true-potato-seeds-68024.html
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