Keep Potatoes from Sprouting

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.com/food-news/53635 ... s-fruit-ripen-faster-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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Put and apple in the bag with your potatoes, and they will not sprout.

By Cookie

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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.

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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)

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