How To Start Potato Sprouting?
If you are planning to start growing your own food, then it is very important that you learn how to grow them. If you have not done so yet, now would be the time! You will soon realize that if you want to eat healthy foods, which are high in nutrients and low in calories, then it is essential that you grow your own food.
You may wonder why growing your own food at all?
Well, because it’s good for you! Growing your own food means that you control what goes into your body. You don’t have to worry about pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and other chemicals that are used in the production of many processed foods. Also, when you grow your own food there is no risk of getting sick from eating contaminated soil or water. All these factors make growing your own food healthier than buying packaged foods.
Another reason why you should start growing your own food is that it saves money. Producing food requires energy, which is expensive.
When you produce your own food, you save yourself some of those costs. And lastly, it’s fun too! Growing your own food is definitely one of the most enjoyable things that you can do with your free time!
So how does one go about starting potato sprouting?
Well, it’s simple!
First of all, you need to get yourself some seed potatoes. Seed potatoes are just like normal potatoes with one exception: They have eyes!
The eyes are the beginning of the sprout, so all you need to do is get some potatoes that have a few eyes on them. If you can’t get your hands on seed potatoes, then regular potatoes will do as well. If you have to use regular potatoes make sure that you cut out any green spots or bad spots, because this could be a sign of a disease.
After you have selected your seed potatoes, it’s time to decide how you’re going to sprout them. There are many different methods out there and some work better than others.
One of the most common ways to sprout your potatoes is as follows:
First, cut your seed potatoes into pieces that have at least one eye on them. The eye of the potato is actually at the opposite end from the stem.
So for example if you were to hold a potato in your hand with the stem pointing upwards then the eye would be on the bottom. Cut your seed potatoes into pieces that have at least one eye on them and place them into a bowl. Add enough water into the bowl so that the potatoes are covered with at least an inch of water. You can actually keep adding more water to the bowl as the potatoes soak and the water level drops. Next, leave the bowl sit. You don’t need to do anything else! Just make sure to rinse your seed potatoes when the water gets cloudy. This will ensure that no diseases or fungii grow on them while in the sprouting process.
You will have sprouted potatoes in about 2 to 3 days. Some people like to stop here and add the sprouted potatoes into salads or other dishes.
Other people like to take it one step further and actually grow full plants from the potatoes as well! If you would like to do this, then all you need to do is place your sprouted potatoes into some soil and watch them grow! Keep in mind that you will need to add water to your potatoes and soil regularly. After a few days you should see the beginnings of a stem and leaves beginning to grow on your potatoes! From here you can either harvest your potatoes and eat them or plant them in your garden to grow even larger!
Potatoes are a great thing to start with when learning how to grow your own food because they are very easy to grow. Other vegetables and plants can be grown in the same fashion, but you will need to learn more about each type of plant before you can grow them.
How do you go about this you ask?
Well, the library is a great place to look of course! There are also many gardening websites on the internet that can help you as well.
Also, keep in mind that just because you grew something doesn’t necessarily mean that it will taste good. You may have to grow and taste many different varieties of a plant before you find one that you really like.
Don’t be afraid to experiment! That’s how people came up with recipes in the first place!
Remember, food doesn’t just come from the grocery store. It comes from your garden as well!
Sources & references used in this article:
Experiments on the effect of chlorinated nitrobenzenes on the sprouting of potato tubers by W Brown – Annals of Applied Biology, 1947 – Wiley Online Library
Observations on the formation and growth of tubers on the potato plant. by N Krijthe – NJAS wageningen journal of life sciences, 1955 – library.wur.nl
Wavelength dependence of suppression of potato sprout growth by light by E McGee, MC Jarvis, HJ Duncan – Plant, Cell & Environment, 1987 – Wiley Online Library