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how does one store potatoes so they dont rott through the winter? with the intention of cutting them up and replanting them before spring or spring time?

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I put both early and late seed potatoes in a cold room, in the dark. It's a specially-insulated room in the garage in which the temperature stays well above freezing in the winter and never goes above 60 F or so in the summer. In the dark, sprouting will be minimized and, if humid enough, shriveling will not begin until around March when it's almost warm enough to plant, anyway, in many areas.

Seed-potatoes don't require a lot of care (don't bother to wash them, and store them only after the soil on them has dried out of direct sunlight for a couple of days after digging), but I wouldn't pile them directly on concrete, or stack them too deep on shelves as the bottom ones can be crushed and ooze, starting decay that may ruin others. I think bushel baskets are well-ventilated enough if you don't fill them full.
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wow thanx jane333, i did not know that... i though they would surely begin to rott like my store bought potatoes after a month or so...thank you very much for your experience, knowledge and time
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Can they still be planted if they have sprouted in a cool dark place?
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"Chitting - is the name for the process that encourages tubers to sprout before planting. Contrary to popular belief, chitting potatoes is not essential except for early varieties to produce an earlier maturing crop. If you buy tubers that have already started sprouting it is best to set them to chit straight away. If they haven't sprouted, they can be left in a cool dark place until you are ready to plant them or they begin to shoot anyway. To chit seed potatoes, place them side by side in a clean egg box or tray 'rose end' up (the end where tiny buds can be seen). Label the box with the potato variety and put in a cool light place for 4-6 weeks allowing the chits to develop. By putting them in a light place, the shoots will remain short, dark green and compact. Left in the dark, long, pale brittle shoots develop that can easily break off when planting. "
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we always pack them in a wooden box in the basement, and sprinkle each layer with ordanary lime (the powder not the fruit) even if they do shrivle, they are still good for most uses. as described before, keep them in a cool, dark place (also from freezing) and not directly on concrete.
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Good advice already given, you should take it. Also, I'd suggest putting dry straw, wads of newspaper, or fine sand in around the potatoes to seperate them and help keep them dry. Store in cool, dry, dark place.
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Very interesting stuff here, most I just can't wrap my over-educated brain around it though.

I have always stored my potatoes in a wooden barrel, hogshead size. I put a lid on it. My potatos are still in good shape, what's left of them. My cellar stays below 40 in the winter. I have read that optimum temp is around 32. They aren't starting to sprout yet.

Could anyone please explain the things they do to these poor roots?

I would really need a good reason to put anything in with my potatoes. If I was worried about them getting crushed, I'd have to believe that they were no good to start with.

These are potatoes, not some delicate fruit for goodness sake!

I'm really curious about the lime, at least the hill billy says he does it, some others sound like they may be guessing or reading from a book. Hey, this is the internet and we are all chiefs and very few Indians.

I'd almost think that lime would make them shrivel. No disrespect intended, just trying to understand it.

BTW, I do put my carrots in layers of dirt or sawdust to keep them from drying out. The skin isn't like a potato.
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I agree with Matt above. it's not rocket science.

I just have them in big douible-paper sacks I save from ... well, you know. CHicken feed. calf milk. I save the bags.

Leave them somewhere dry. eventually they'll start to chit.

If they get wet they rot. If your storebought taties are rotting, so will your homegrown. Store them some other way.

Dry being utterly vital, dark being utterly vital, but cool/cold being a 'nice to have' and a 'do your best'. They'll stay indoors through winter in the dark. They stay in my kitchen pantry through winter in the dark, and it's not a cold pantry. Just don't let the potatoes themselves freeze.

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Can they still be planted if they have sprouted in a cool dark place?
Yes they can be planted even if they have started to sprout.
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My grandpa has always just put the smallish potatos from the year in his "potato crates" about the size of a milk crate, made of 1x wood planks, and stacked them in his cellar...

Very few have ever started to rot or sprout much before the next spring rolled around...

Never questioned whether it was right or not...cuz it always worked...
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What if the sprouts are 1-2' long?

Cut most of the sprouts off and put them in the ground, sprout side up? The potatoes stayed in a cold room (15C) with minimal light.
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