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Growing Potatoes

Growing potatoes is harder than it seems. I remember as a child, cutting potatoes in half, sticking them with toothpicks, and dropping them in a mason jar. A week later you had a growing plant.

In the past two weeks I have tried to grow three potatoes, and they have all ended in a foul smelling mush. I am not sure what I am doing wrong. I am following the recipe exactly as I remember it, and even looked online for it, which gave the same recipe.

Any suggestions or comments?

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chikuru
Sep. 1st, 2007 03:17 am (UTC)
Your problem is that you aren't using real potatoes. What you find in most stores these days is a synthetic substitute comprised of cellulose, texturized soy protein, and a little paint. If you want a real potato, you'll have to grow it yourself. Perhaps in a mason jar. With toothpicks.
livingdeb
Sep. 1st, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
I have a similar answer. I've heard of genetically modified produce where farmers can't grow more from the seeds you get from the actual produce--they somehow make it so you have to buy seeds from the producer every year, so they always profit on their improvement.

Maybe you have some kind of potato that's been bred to not grow like that but grows only from seed or something.

Does it have any eyes? You need to make sure your piece of potato has an eye. Come to think if it, I used to know what an eye was, and now maybe I haven't seen one in a while.

Also, I thought the reason for the toothpicks was to keep part of it out of the jar and thus out of the water. But maybe I'm confusing that with carrots.

That's all the guesses I have for you.
grieve
Sep. 2nd, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
The toothpicks were to keep it out of the jar, I should have stated that more clearly. I am not sure about the genetics though.
grieve
Sep. 2nd, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
Ever so helpful. :)
woodings
Sep. 1st, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
Try organic potatoes. The other potatoes may be too far removed from nature to procreate.
grieve
Sep. 2nd, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
I may try that, but the smell was so bad from the last two I am a little reluctant to. :)
livingdeb
Sep. 3rd, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)
Is there a point after which one would expect the potato to sprout but before which the potatoes so far have started stinking? If so, I recommending checking the potato at that point and tossing it if nothing's growing yet.

Rotten potatoes do smell amazingly bad.
grieve
Sep. 3rd, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
One did start to sprout, and then started to really stink. I am not sure what the tipping point is. I read about growing sweet potatoes, and I may try that next, apparently they grow as vines.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 4th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
When I was at your house recently I noticed that you put the potato in the jar without toothpicks. (That one was in the red jar I gave you) The potato needs air around it and not just to set in straight in the water. It needs some air around it. Plus when you were a kid you use to grow sweet potatoes.
grieve
Sep. 4th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
I tried again with mason jars (the ones from the fruit fly traps), and toothpicks. Obviously I did something wrong even there. Maybe I will try the next one outside, with a sweet potatoe. :)
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