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« on: June 26, 2010, 01:37:48 PM »

I plant potatoes (red) in my garden every year but this year I got different results. The plants looked healthy, bloomed, and matured but when It came time to dig, most plants had no potatoes on them. None. I usually get buckets full. The only thing different was that I planted them about two weeks later due to the excessive spring rain. Any ideas what may have happened?


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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2010, 03:38:32 PM »

sounds like the fertilizer you used was too high in nitrogen, it causes all plant growth and no roots.

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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2010, 10:15:15 PM »

sounds like the fertilizer you used was too high in nitrogen, it causes all plant growth and no roots.

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Potatoes, like peanuts and other legumes (clover, trefoil, vetch) put nitrogen into the soil.  If you use a high nitrogen fertilizer on such plants they will not develop the root nodes (potatoes, peanuts, etc) that the plant uses to put the nitrogen into the soil.
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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2010, 10:28:25 PM »

Should I not use fertilizer when I plant potatoes?

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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2010, 10:32:00 PM »

use something like a 6-12-12, or even lower nitrogen. A soil test will tell just exactly what you need, spuds need a certain ph also (can't remember exactly what)

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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2010, 07:21:23 PM »

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I been trying to figure this out .  I planted 4 rows of red taters . I planted the first two rows earlier than the last two rows by 3 weeks and like you it was due to a lot of rain. The first two row made buckets of taters and the last two rows made vines. The last two rows I dug 4 weeks after I dug the first two rows. I got 15 golf ball size taters from the last two rows.  Got 4 -5 gal bucket of taters off the first two rows.  All four rows planted side by side.........go figure.......John
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