A rare glimpse of a growing potato.



Bin Of Potatoes
We’ve all seen this. We stare into our bin of potatoes and there they are  … staring back at us.   Those creepy long eyes.


Potato With Eyes
Potatoes that have sprouted eyes are fine to eat as long as they’re still relatively firm. They aren’t poisonous or anything and won’t make you sick. Unless you find their appearance so terrifying you get nauseous and vomit.

I know a little bit about this because my mother, the caring, nurturing being that she is, used to break the eyes off of potatoes and chase me around the house screaming that were some rare and poisonous insect.

For a further look into how this affected me, please enjoy this post on my superior fear of centipedes.
Seed Potatoes

In fact, it’s those eyes that eventually grow another potato plant.  I did a post a couple of years ago about how to grow potatoes, and it involves cutting potatoes into chunks (that each have at least 2 eyes) and planting them.   I usually do this with seed potatoes (which are just potatoes that are guaranteed to be without disease or pesticides) but this year I have so many potatoes left over from the ones I grew (disease free) last year that I’m going to plant these.

When I took a peek into my bin of eye growing potatoes I came across something pretty remarkable.

A seed potato that had not only grown eyes … but potatoes too.



Seed Potato Growing Potatoes



Potatoes Growing On Potato


Potatoes Growing Potatoes 2


May 1st is the day potatoes git buried in the dirt round these parts (I like to occasionally speak like an old farmer because it makes me feel more rural) but I still haven’t even cleaned up my yard yet.  It’s still too cold. And now rainy.  And cold.

So for now I just sit and stare at my potatoes, eyes in hand, scanning the street for unsuspecting children.




  1. Elsa says:

    Hello! I actually have the exact same thing happening with my potatoes. They have grown little potatoes. I’m wondering if I am to cut the original potatoes into chunks still or plant as is… my knowledge is very limited when it comes to gardening in general :(

    • Karen says:

      Hi Elsa! If you want to start to grow the potato just stick it in a container of soil. ( a fairly large container ) It should have about 4 inches of soil under it and a few inches of soil over it. Potatoes grow upwards, not downwards. As the potato vines start to grow up you can then add more soil. If you search growing potatoes on my site you can see all about it. :)~ karen!

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  3. Bobbi says:

    That is quite amazing. Nearly as amazing as learning how cashews grow. Google it. Nature is weird.

  4. sera says:

    I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to grow potatoes because those eyes just creep me out!! It’s totally strange how much they creep me out. That and I don’t know where to get any straw to cover my plants.

  5. Kathy Hartzell says:

    I think I have a potato photo that will give you a great deal of enjoyment. I forgot I had potatoes in a bin in the Kitchener my weekend house. When I was demolishing the kitchen, I pulled the bin out and thought I had a cross between a crab and an interstellar creature, when, by gosh, to was…a….potato. If I had some way to give you the photo I would allow you to do whatever you wish with it. I don’t have a blog or photo site so I can’t post it there, tho I can post on my FB page, but you tell me. I read you daily. I know you will adore this photo. But don’t show it to fish pedicure…..or she will never again eat a potato!!!

  6. Barbie says:

    LOL You should wrap those tiny potatoes up in a tiny piece of foil and have someone over for dinner and serve them as a baked potato! HA! …and with a totally serious face!

    PS: I think you look like a cuter Cameron Diaz as well!!!

  7. Debbie says:

    Is it cruel to eat baby potatoes? I wonder what they would taste like lightly sautéed with shallots and a bit of butter. Hmm….

  8. Debbie says:

    Your Mother had me at, running around after you with potato eyes. For me it was the vacuum and its attachments. It gave me a half hour of alone time. I can’t blame my own Mother for this, it just came natural for me. I look at it this way, it saved the lives of my children and possibility their Fathers too. LOL

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