Storing Seed Potatoes after Delivery.
Friday, 23 January 2015 | SimplySeed
Whilst at SimplySeed all seed potatoes are stored in optimum conditions in our cold store.
Once out of store and in warmer conditions dormancy will be broken and the shoots will start to grow. This sprouting is natural, however a number of steps can be taken to slow down the process:
Usually tubers will be delivered dormant and firm, however occasionally you may see some early sprouting, weak white roots of varying length. The tuber themselves will be fine.
Early Varieties - in the absence of light produce a single white elongated sprout, the tips of which are susceptible to atmospheric bacteria which turn / black/brown. when knocked off the potato starts to sprout again, producing a healthy sprout, more slowly.
Maincrop Varieties - These when delivered can often be beginning to sprout, especially later deliveries in March. Basically you will see white spots on the eyes of the tuber - these are the 'eyes opening'.