It can be a little nerve-wracking when you go to plant your potatoes and they have not yet sprouted. You may be wondering if you can still plant them and if they will grow. In this blog post, we will discuss the best way to plant potatoes that have not yet sprouted, as well as what you can do to help them along.
Can You Plant Potatoes without Eyes?
No, you cannot plant potatoes without eyes. The eyes are where the potato plants will sprout from, so if your potatoes do not have any eyes, they will not be able to sprout and grow.
Now, there is a chance that your potatoes without eyes will grow, but it’s not very likely. It’s best to plant potatoes that have at least a few eyes so that you can be sure that they will grow into healthy plants.
Why You Should Wait for Potatoes to Sprout
There are a few reasons why you should wait for your potatoes to sprout before planting them. Let’s cover the most important ones:
1) Strong root system
The potatoes need to sprout so that they can develop a strong root system. This is important because the roots are what will anchor the potato plant in the ground and help it to absorb nutrients and water.
If you plant a potato that has not yet sprouted, it will not have a strong root system and may not be able to properly anchor itself in the ground. This can lead to problems like the plant toppling over in heavy winds or being pulled out of the ground by animals.
2) Divide potatoes
As long as a piece of potato has at least two eyes, you can cut it in half and plant both pieces. This is a great way to get more plants from a single potato, and it also helps to ensure that each plant has a strong root system.
If you try to divide a potato that has no eyes, you won’t know where to cut it and you may end up with two small pieces that will not be able to grow into healthy plants.
3) ick the best potatoes
Some potatoes sprout more aggressively than others, and you want to make sure that you are planting the best potatoes. The best way to do this is to wait for them to sprout so that you can see which ones are growing the strongest.
If you plant a potato without waiting for it to sprout, you won’t be able to tell how well it will grow. This could lead to problems later on, so it’s best to just wait and pick the best potatoes for planting.
How Do I Get My Potatoes to Grow Eyes?
The key is to stop the potatoes from going dormant. You see, we keep potatoes in storage so that they don’t sprout and start growing. But, in order for them to sprout, we need to give them the right conditions.
Light – Potatoes need light in order to sprout, so make sure that they are in a well-lit location. A windowsill is a great spot for them.
Temperature – The ideal temperature for potato sprouting is around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Water – Keep the potatoes moist, but not wet. You can do this by misting them with water or placing them in a bowl of water so that they can soak up moisture from the air.
Once you have provided the potatoes with the right conditions, it’s just a matter of waiting for them to sprout. It can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks for the potatoes to grow eyes and start sprouting.
Another good tip is to lay the potatoes on a bed of moist soil. This is a great environment for them to sprout in and will give them the nutrients they need to grow.
How Many Potatoes Grow From One Eye?
You can expect each potato eye to give 1-2lbs of potatoes. So, if you want to harvest a lot of potatoes, you’ll need to start with a lot of eyes.
This is one of the benefits of waiting for your potatoes to sprout before planting them. If you plant them without eyes, you won’t know how many potatoes you’ll get from each one.
The total harvest depends on the type of potato, the size of the potato, and the conditions in which it was grown. So, there is no exact answer to this question.
Remember to plant the potatoes with the eye facing upwards towards the sky. This will help the potato to sprout more easily and produce more potatoes.
In conclusion, you should only plant potatoes that have eyes. This will give them a strong root system, and it will also allow you to pick the best potatoes for planting. It’s also a good idea to lay the potatoes on a bed of moist soil so that they can sprout more easily. Thanks for reading!
Tim is an avid gardener from the UK. He was the founder of PlantCarer.com from 2021 to Sep 2023. He sold PlantCarer.com to Aaron. He has since started his own business called Seed To Supper, which provides new gardeners all the materials you need in a box (pots, seeds, compost and instructions) to grow your own delicious and nutritious vegetables and herbs from start to finish – no garden required.