How to Grow Potatoes in a Container
Potatoes are often thought of as a staple crop. They are an important part of the diet and they can be grown to provide food for your whole family.
In this guide, we will look at the basics of growing potatoes and how best to plant them in your garden.
Potatoes need a lot of sunlight, so it is important to place them in a well-lit area that gets around seven hours each day. They also need to be planted in soil with good drainage so that their roots do not become too wet or dry out during the winter months when they rest dormant.
Potatoes can grow up to 12 feet tall so make sure you have plenty of space surrounding your plants for air circulation, as well as space between plants for air to circulate within their surrounding area.
How do potatoes grow
Potato plants grow from tubers which are formed from their stems and leaves after they die. The tubers produce new tubers when they grow long enough. The potato plant produces flowers that are greenish-white or light purple in color with five petals that are fused into a tube shape called a corona.
Potato Types and Characteristics
- White potatoes: These spuds have a smooth, creamy texture with high starch content. They are most often served mashed or in bakes
- Red potatoes: These spuds are slightly larger than white potatoes and have a rich orange flesh with a slightly rough texture
- Pink or purple potatoes: These spuds have reddish skin with white flesh that is bright pink or purple, respectively
- Blue potatoes: These spuds have blue skin which turns green when cooked
How to grow potatoes in 3 steps:
Step 1: Decide where you want your potato plants to grow. The most common place is in a sunny spot in your backyard or in your garden. Make sure that the soil is fertile by adding organic matter and composting manure, and that there are no weeds present.
Step 2: Dig up some potato seeds from the store and then plant them 1-2 inches deep into the ground around your chosen area. Cover up the potatoes with some soil and then water them well.
Step 3: Once the potatoes have sprouted roots (about 10-14 days), cut off any leaves that are above ground level as they are not needed for planting purposes.
Plant your potatoes 6-8 weeks before the frost arrives. The best time for planting is between May and September.
How deep to plant potatoes?
For the most part, you should plant your potatoes about 1 inch below the surface of the soil. In some cases, you might need to go as deep as 3 inches down.
If you are planting potatoes in a pot or container, make sure that they are planted at the same depth level each time and that there is enough room for them to grow.
Keep in mind that if your soil is rocky or does not drain well, you will need to plant them deeper than usual. If it is pretty loose and sandy, you can plant your potatoes closer to the surface. If you do not have a lot of space for planting potatoes but want them to grow, try planting them in a large bucket with holes
How to grow potatoes in a container
Growing potatoes in containers can be challenging but it is not impossible. You just need to put down a layer of rockwool and then plant the seed potatoes.
Potatoes, like many plants, need good drainage and that is why planting them on a layer of rockwool is an excellent way to help them grow bigger. It also helps to keep them moist which makes sure that they are healthy throughout the year.
Potatoes will grow best in a container that has drainage holes in the bottom. However, any container with holes or drainage areas will work fine for growing potatoes in containers as long as they are not too big for your plant to fit into properly.
Potatoes should not be planted too deep as they will not grow well in wet soil. Leave an inch of room between the stem and the bottom of the pot for proper drainage but keep them about two inches from the top of potting mix to allow for roots to spread across it easily.
How to harvest potato
The simplest way is to cut the potatoes and let them dry in the sun. However, this can take several days and might also cause unnecessary damage to the crop.
Other methods of harvesting include using potato harvesters which can get rid of most of the plants and leave just a few potatoes behind before they are harvested by hand.
If you are looking for other ways to harvest potatoes, then you should consider going with a potato digger that uses an auger. Potato diggers help in removing weeds from potato patches and they make harvesting easier since it does not require as many workers or time-consuming tasks like cutting out plants by hand. Potato diggers also have special features that help maximize yield such as automatic feed.
How long does it take to grow potatoes?
It takes just 60 days for a potato plant to produce three times the amount of potatoes that it would produce during its first year, so this is an easy way to increase your yield over time