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Potato Vocabulary

Posted Jan 08 2010 8:00pm

Potato Vocabulary

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potato-chit-day20

Chits are the sprouting shoots that grow out of the eyes of a potato

Early Potatoes are the first potatoes to be harvested, usually in early June

Haulm is the green leaves and stalks of the potato plant
Potato seed is not a true seed.  Potato seed is a potato tuber grown for its buds which are used to start new plants

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potato-seed-ready-to-plant

Senescence is when the green leaves and stalks of potatoes, known as the haulm, start to die down at the end of the season.

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potato-senescing

Tuber is an underground stem which has thickened to form a storage organ. A potato is a good example.

Tuber initiation is when the tip of the stolon (underground stem) starts to swell to form a new potato (tuber). The initiation of tubers is a key developmental stage in the potato’s life, having profound implications for subsequent growth and development.

Click this link for a short list of early potato varieties.

If there are any other potato words that need explaining please fill in the comments form below.

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