Clean/wash newly dug potatos or not?

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by Steve, Nov 21, 2004.

  1. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

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    Today, I dug the last of our potatoes. The ones that are going into our new storm shelter/root cellar. Do I wash the dirt off or store the potatoes with the dirt on?
     
  2. bare

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    NO! keep the dirt on them. They'll last much longer in better condition with all the dirt you can manage. If I have the room, I'll store them in dirt and have potatoes right up until the new ones come on.
     

  3. Rosarybeads

    Rosarybeads Well-Known Member

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    I agree. Just make sure the dirt is dry! :)
     
  4. bare

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    I actually sprinkle my sand occasionally but my "root cellar" is an old freezer buried in the ground and so tends to be very dry.

    Haven't you ever stored potatoes right in the ground for the winter? They do fine as long as you dig them up before they start to sprout and that soil certainly isn't dry.
     
  5. culpeper

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    Leave the dirt on! It helps to keep out the light which will cause them to turn green and poisonous. Also, keep some charcoal in with the potatoes - this helps to prevent them from sprouting.