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Keep Potatoes from Sprouting

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As potatoes ripen they will begin to sprout. There are some things you can do to slow down this process, such as storing in a dry, dark, cool place. This is a guide about keep potatoes from sprouting.


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October 20, 2009

Putting an apple in a bag of potatoes will keep them from sprouting. Doesn't matter what kind of apple it is.

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By Stella from St Joseph, MO

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May 8, 20150 found this helpful

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.

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January 3, 20170 found this helpful

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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January 9, 20170 found this helpful

^^ this right here. luvs me some taters, sprouted or not, homegrown are the best!

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October 20, 20090 found this helpful

Put and apple in the bag with your potatoes, and they will not sprout.

By Cookie


Keeping Potatoes from Sprouting Tip

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)

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Keep Potatoes from Sprouting

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)

By mkymlp

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April 8, 20170 found this helpful

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

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April 8, 20170 found this helpful

Don't keep potatoes in a plastic bag, Potatoes need air otherwise they will sprout and /or rot.

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