Last year I bought 4 kinds of seed potatoes from Johnny's. They looked terrible? Some didn't even have eyes! Does anyone have a good source for seed potatoes? I live in McLean (Fairfax County), VA. This area has become so la-de-dah that Southern States closed down. Although we have a few good garden centers, I have to drive to Manassas for Southern States.
I also buy regularly from Potato Garden. The thing I found is that when the tomatoes arrive they may not have too many eyes but I order them to be delivered early enough so they will form them before I plant. If I plant potatoes with no eyes I don't know if they will develop them at all but if I let them develop before planting I am assured a better crop. This developing can take several weeks in some cases. This year I ordered from the Maine Potato Lady (www.mainepotatolady.com/) . I had good luck with her potatoes two years ago and she has some varieties I wanted to try so I ordered again this year.
You are right. But sometimes the eyes are not all that big and do develop enough to sprout. However, I do remember getting some German Butterball a couple of years ago from Milk Ranch, I think - it was one of the above) with no eyes at all. Two were quite large and it surprised me that they had none! So that year they did not sprout. Thank you for clarifying my error so others are not confused!!
I have never really looked that carefully! At what point do potatoes develop eyes? I just assumed if you left them sitting around eventually they would. I must be more observant in the future!!
The bottom line is that I never plant potatoes that haven't sprouted somewhat just to be sure they are viable.
My husband and I love yellow potatoes. The only variety I have seen offered locally is Yukon Gold but there are so many other wonderful ones. I like the idea of checking out the local feed stores. I know my Agway only has Yukon Gold but there are a number of organic farms, Co-ops and CSA's popping up all around so maybe I'll be lucky. The shipping does indeed add to the cost but like my tomatoes I just consider them my Million Dollar Potatoes and indulge myself for the great flavor!! In checking around, The Potato Lady in Maine has lower prices than Potato Garden and shipping about the same, maybe a bit less. That's who I ordered from this year. [HYPERLINK@www.mainepotatolady.com]
But it is cheaper for her to ship to PA compared to Texas whereas the Potato Garden might ship cheaper to Texas than to PA! Both are excellent vendors, regardless.
JUST TO SATIFY MY CURIOSITY how much are seed potatos where y'all get yours was in Atwoods farm and ranch store today and they were $.69 per pound they had 12 varieties I may be wrong but I thionk they were higher last year if memory is right they were $.89 last year
I haven't ordered potatos since I lived in North Dakota - I used Ronnigers, mentioned above. Looking at their website, it looks like they combined with another company and changed their name to "Potato Garden", mentioned above.
I like the little seed potatos better than the chopped up mature potatos.
I refuse to buy seed potatoes from any mail-order catalog. The cost and especially shipping is enough to turn me off. I buy my seed spuds from a local farm store. The selection isn't always that great, but they're certified disease free and I get to pick and chose those with the most eyes. I like to store them in a room-temp. dark closet for two weeks or so to sprout before I plant them.