Just wondered if any others have had my experience: I bought very firm, fresh-looking taro root from my market thinking I'd sprout them and have beautiful plants at a cheap price. Even though they were kept warm and moist, they never sprouted but started to turn mushy in some places. After many days, I took them back out and they are now sitting on a plate to dry out. I have heard that many root vegetables in our stores are treated with sprout inhibitors to give them a longer shelf life. Is there anything I can do to make them sprout, or should I just shop for plants at a nursery? Thanks for any advice.
You may try going to a farmer's market where some growers may take their produce directly without going through a packinghouse. Also, when picking tubers, I'd pick the ones that look oldest, scouting for even the feeblest signs of sprouting. It's also possible to stimulate them with gibberellic acid (GA) but I haven't tried that so I can't recommend rates.