Grow Potatoes in Containers

Potatoes

Do you want to grow potatoes?  You have come to the right place.  Potatoes are one of the easiest vegetables to grow in containers. A cool-weather crop, they are typically planted early spring. A successful plant will require good soil, lots of water and good fertilization. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium and Manganese.

A medium baked white potato contains 160 calories! I typically use potato grow bags for my plants.   Fill about 30% of the bag with a mix of peat moss, top soil and compost. Plant two to three starter potatoes spaced 8 – 9 inches apart. Once the plan sprouts six inches, add more of the soil mixture. Continue to build up after every six inches of growth until the entire container has filled. Water once every five to seven days. Be careful not to over water the plant to avoid rot.

Suggested Potato Varieties:

Irish Cobbler, French Fingerling, All Blue

Protect your plants from aphids and potato beetles. They often hide behind the leaves and can be readily picked off. Also consider spraying with soapy water, organic pesticides and/or concentrated pepper extract to help mitigate pest infestations.

Harvest potatoes after plant has flowered and the leaves begin to turn yellow and fade. Place on dry ground and allow them to sit for a few hours to dry. Potatoes should be stored in a cool, dark place out of direct sunlight. Potato plants can take 90 -120 days to produce.


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