In some cases the tubers for early crops are sprouted on a hotbed, the plants being put out as soon as the leaves can bear exposure.
The main crop should be planted by the middle of March, sprouted sets being used; late planting is very undesirable.
But in spite of all this, the soldiers of Denisov's squadron fed chiefly on "Mashka's sweet root," because it was the second week that the last of the biscuits were being doled out at the rate of half a pound a man and the last potatoes received had sprouted and frozen.
Potatoes are sometimes grown in pots in heat, sprouted sets being planted in t t-in.
The sets after having been sprouted, as above, are planted out in January in trenches 2 ft.