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Putting an apple in a bag of potatoes will keep them from sprouting. Doesn't matter what kind of apple it is.
Source: Real Simple
By Stella from St Joseph, MO
Apples give off ethylene gas a they ripen. Ethylene gas helps other fruits and vegetables ripen (http://www.chow -in-a-paper-bag/).
Sprouting is a sign the potatoes are "ripe" and ready to grow, so I suspect apples would either not make any difference or encourage sprouting.
I don't have a solution. I have a question. What's wrong with sprouting potatoes? They cook and taste the same as those that don't. And if you're so inclined, you can cut off the sprout along with a hunk of the potato and start your own in January. Wouldn't these plants make a nice gift to a gardener friend? What a surprise that would be.
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Put and apple in the bag with your potatoes, and they will not sprout.
To keep potatoes from sprouting, lay an apple in with your potatoes. A chemical (gas) that the apple give off will help to keep them from sprouting.
By jmouse13 (06/28/2005)
My friend tried this and the potatoes still sprouted. She put a fresh apple in a plastic bag that the potatoes came in and sealed it with the plastic tab fastener. Is there any special tip other than the apple? (06/28/2005)
i cover them with a towel and keep them away from light, that works, as long as you use the potatoes in a short time