Re: [gardeners] Getting ready already

Margaret Lauterbach (
Fri, 22 Nov 2002 12:51:14 -0700

The only thing I have had trouble getting to sprout were Yukon Gold 
potatoes.  Monocrop bent, I wanted to fill out the row, so bought some at a 
supermarket. Wish I could remember which one.  That part of the row was 
essentially dead all summer, and when I dug the rest of the row, I dug in 
that area, and there lay the seed potatoes, covered with aborted 
sprouts.  Margaret L

>Garden catalogs and posts in garden newsgroups often caution against using
>garlic bulbs, potatoes or sweet potatoes from supermarkets alleging the
>produce is sprayed with a retardant to prevent sprouting.  I have using
>supermarket produce in the garden for decades with no problems which leads
>me to believe the retardant spraying practice exists more in the minds of
>the seed suppliers than in the supermarket produce,