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Potatoes

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Question: 400-3410
We planted some potatoes. What is a good fertilizer to use? Iona, Bridgeport, WV

Mort's Answer:
Potatoes are heavy feeders. Use a 10-10-10 after they have started to sprout.

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Question: 543-2011
We have had success with Sweet Potatoes in prior years. Last year we had no potaoes on the plants. Do you have any suggestions? Diane, Auburn, NE

Mort's Answer:
Because you are in Zone 5b, it is the outer reaches of hardiness with Sweet Potato. I would encourage you to keep trying, but rotate your crops. You may have depleted the phosphorus in the soil. If you have already planted this year add some bonemeal to the soil. Ipomoea batata requires sandy soil. You may have had too much water last year.  Use 2-8-10 in new rows.

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Question: 1114-1714
Last year my potatoes did not do well. I planted them deep and used fish emulsion. I do not like to use chemicals. What can I do? All my other plants did well. Matt, Hyatt, AR

Mort's Answer:
Fish emulsion can supply essential phosphorus for fruit type vegetables like tomatoes and peppers. Unfortunately, potatoes need top growth as well as bottom. You could use lots of manure for nitrogen but it would probably not be enough. Farmers use 10-10-10 for potatoes. It is inexpensive and goes a long way. Chemicals are not a bad thing, even when synthesized by man. All of nature is composed of chemicals. We ingest chemicals from the pharmacy all the time. Also it is a good idea to rotate your plants so that you do not rapidly reduce the nutrients in your soils.

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Question: 526-1611
We planted some Potatoes. What is a good fertilizer to use? Iona, Bridgeport, WV

Mort's Answer:
Potatoes are heavy feeders. Use a 10-10-10 after they have started to sprout.

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Question: 972-2813
My potatoes are up to six inches but no potatoes are growing underneath. I used 13-13-13 fertilizer. When are they going to be ready? Diane, Camden, AK

Mort's Answer:
Since you are in Zone 8, it may not be cool enough to grow potatoes . Hill up the soil around each plant every two or three weeks. Give them a consistent amount of water each week. You can take into account what mother nature brings. Do not look to harvesting until the plants are three feet tall. You are much too early in July.

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