Its time to cut your potatoes and get them ready to plant - OR, soak them in some water to get them to sprout. But either way - next weekend and in 2 weeks my potatoes are going in the ground. Next weekend the butter potatoes are being planted, and in 2 weeks the red skin potatoes are being planted. Potatoes are your friend - unlike a lot of other crops, potatoes can be eaten at any phase of development. An experiment is currently going on, 2 potatoes cut in half and set in a layer of water, and 2 potatoes with tooth picks suspended in water. January 26th - 2 potatoes cut in half and set in a dish of water. One week and one day later - February 3rd. These potatoes are sprouting faster then the potatoes at room temp with no water. The sprouts on these potatoes are past ready to plant. You do not have to wait until they look like this to plant. Eyes cut into sections. Let these dry for a week or two and they will be ready to plant. Potatoes with just one sprout are planted whole.