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Post  kgooding on 5/30/2012, 10:36 am

Okay. So I like to super plan things in advance and make sure I'm doing my seed starts and what not at the right time, and as a new gardener I already have a brief question about how things are going to go!

First off, I've read that in GA I should plant potatoes for a fall crop around July 15 and no later than August 15th. This is actually about perfect since I'm expecting my current potatoes to finish up around June 27th (Yukon Golds.) My question is if I can use some of my Yukon golds that I harvest as seed potatoes? I'm guessing I can, but everything I've read says to use "last years" potatoes as seed potatoes and I will have just harvested them! Of course I would sprout them a bit indoors and cut them into seed potatoes, but will there be a problem with using that fresh of a potato?
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Post  Yardtigress on 5/30/2012, 4:54 pm

What else are you looking to plant for fall. I already have my yukon golds and sweet potatoes planted and my carrots(they take a long time). I am in GA too, and new to SFG. I haven't given much thought to fall plants?
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Post  Squat_Johnson on 5/30/2012, 5:27 pm

Potatoes will need a period of cold storage before they will sprout.
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Post  TN_GARDENER on 5/30/2012, 8:25 pm

@Squat_Johnson wrote:Potatoes will need a period of cold storage before they will sprout.

I wonder if it'd help to wrap a few in newspaper and stick in the fridge for a few weeks?
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Post  rowena___. on 5/30/2012, 9:13 pm

i don't put mine thru cold storage, i just let the sprout as they will.
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Post  camprn on 5/30/2012, 9:24 pm

@Squat_Johnson wrote:Potatoes will need a period of cold storage before they will sprout.
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Here is a good read about using seed potatoes and things you will need to know and consider.

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Post  yolos on 5/30/2012, 9:56 pm

For those of you in Georgia, the Univ of Ga has great planting guides. The following is the one I like the best. Make sure you read the last few lines of the explanation because they distinguish between uppper, middle and lower Georgia.

http://www.caes.uga.edu/applications/publications/files/html/B577/B577PlantingChart.pdf
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Post  kgooding on 5/31/2012, 8:24 am

Thanks for all the great responses! The link on the planting dates is fantastic, and actually a bit off from what I've been doing using my frost free date and the guidelines from the book, but I'm thinking UGA probably has it best for our region! I've already bookmarked the link and printed it out for further study, and I'm thinking I might need to have it laminated! As for the issue of the potatoes I think maybe I'll do a little experiment and get some seed potatoes and use some of the potatoes I just harvested and see what happens!
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Post  herblover on 5/31/2012, 8:57 am

@yolos wrote:For those of you in Georgia, the Univ of Ga has great planting guides. The following is the one I like the best. Make sure you read the last few lines of the explanation because they distinguish between uppper, middle and lower Georgia.

http://www.caes.uga.edu/applications/publications/files/html/B577/B577PlantingChart.pdf



Do you know if other state universities have that kind of info?
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Post  TN_GARDENER on 5/31/2012, 9:42 am

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@yolos wrote:For those of you in Georgia, the Univ of Ga has great planting guides. The following is the one I like the best. Make sure you read the last few lines of the explanation because they distinguish between uppper, middle and lower Georgia.

http://www.caes.uga.edu/applications/publications/files/html/B577/B577PlantingChart.pdf



Do you know if other state universities have that kind of info?

I know University of Tennessee does (i'm sure there are others, too). Check with the agriculture extension office/website.

https://utextension.tennessee.edu/publications/Documents/PB901.pdf
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Post  walshevak on 5/31/2012, 9:50 am

All states have a state agricultural university. NC State is the one in NC and I think VA Tech is the VA one.

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Post  marietta mike on 6/15/2012, 3:10 am

Thanks all for the great info.
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Post  Unmutual on 6/15/2012, 8:35 am

@herblover wrote:
Do you know if other state universities have that kind of info?

All land grant universities have that information(1 in each state, usually the state university). Sometimes that information is difficult to find, but your cooperative extension agent(AgCenter agent) should be in the phone book. Call your agent, that's what (s)he's there for.

As far as cold storage goes...unless the grocery store cold stores their potatoes and unless the garden stores cold store theirs, I have never cold stored any potato before planting...come to think on it, I didn't do it for the daffodils either and they popped up just fine too. Maybe I'll try putting seed potato in the fridge next year to see if it makes a difference..well half of them at least...have to have a control group!
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