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How to Plant Potatoes That Have Already Sprouted

By Nichole Liandi
Potatoes make a tasty crop.
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Potatoes are a popular plant for the garden. They're easy to plant and grow, and they produce a plentiful crop in a relatively small area. Most gardeners will purchase seed potatoes for planting, but even regular store-bought potatoes that have begun to sprout can often be employed to successfully produce a full crop of vegetables.

Turn the soil over in your planned planting area with a hoe or tiller to a depth of 12 inches and break the dirt up finely. Remove any large rocks and other debris while hoeing.

Dig a trench about 4 inches wide and 6 to 8 inches deep. If you're going to plant more than one row, space them apart by about 24 to 36 inches.

Cut your potatoes into cubes, about 1 to 2 inches on each side, leaving a sprout on each cube. Nonsprouted sections should have two or three eyes on each.

Place the cubes into the bottom of the trench, separating each cube from the other by about 6 to 8 inches. Place the sprouted or eye side of the cubes facing up.

Cover the potatoes with a layer of compost and then replace the dirt on top of the plantings.


Things You Will Need

  • Hoe or tiller
  • Knife
  • Compost


  • Plant your potatoes about one to two weeks before the last frost.

About the Author


Based in Virginia, Nichole Liandi has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles have appeared on various print and online publications. Liandi has traveled extensively in Europe and East Asia and incorporates her experiences into her articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.