This is going to be a repeat message as I already put this in the comment box instead of discussion. Please excuse me, I'm still new at this!  We live in Virginia (Zone 7) where its been a very hot and dry summer. Our potato plants are dying. How long can we live the potatoes in ground before digging them up? We aren't quite ready for them all now but don't want them to rot underground.

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They won't rot underground unless it's ridiculously wet or they are diseased. If they did then they would cease to exist because that's the primary way they reproduce. We just leave ours in the ground all year and harvest as needed.
Rachel, we do the same thing. Unless the winter is extremely cold, they will survive in the ground just fine - just cover the mounds with straw to keep the ground from freezing. That way, you can still be digging fresh potatoes up from under the snow!
hello my name is patricia, i never grew potatoes before. i did what my aunt told me to. which was cut up a potatoe and put in the ground, its been about 4 weeks and i dont have anything yet. did i do something wrong?
Hi, Patricia! That's how we grow our potatoes. You have to make sure that each potato section has eyes on it. I like to use the older potatoes because you can detect the eyes better. I'm not sure where you live but 4 weeks sounds rather long but not unusual; it depends on the elements and on how deep you put them.

patricia jean hartman said:
hello my name is patricia, i never grew potatoes before. i did what my aunt told me to. which was cut up a potatoe and put in the ground, its been about 4 weeks and i dont have anything yet. did i do something wrong?
If yours don't sprout after a few more weeks, you might have better luck with real seed potato segments purchased from a [preferably organic] seed catalog. The potato segments come pre-treated with a substance that keeps them from rotting in the ground before the roots and stems can start to form, which can happen if the ground is too cold and wet for too long.

Or, if you're just using regular potatoes from the produce department, wait until they sprout a little bit inside the house, and plant them just like regular bedding plants with the green part sticking out of the earth. After they get a good hold you can go ahead and mound the dirt up higher and higher around them just as you normally would.

The old farmers around here say to always plant potatoes during the waning moon (between the time when it's full until the time when it's completely dark.) It doesn't make any sense to me that this should make any difference, but who can argue with old farmers? I just do it that way and it seems to work OK! :)patricia jean hartman said:
hello my name is patricia, i never grew potatoes before. i did what my aunt told me to. which was cut up a potatoe and put in the ground, its been about 4 weeks and i dont have anything yet. did i do something wrong?

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