If you do not have a large garden, you can grow potatoes in pots. They are rich in healthy nutrients, including fiber, iron, potassium, and vitamins.
Potatoes that we buy in the supermarkets are not organic and are full of chemicals. Therefore, read this article and find out how to grow potatoes on your own.
There is a variety of potatoes that are suitable for container growing, including:
- Early potatoes
Early potatoes can be easily grown in pots. They grow fast and have a sweet flavor. Sangre, Yukon Gold, Red Gold, and Irish Cobbler are the best varieties of early potatoes.
- Fingerling potatoes
Fingerling potatoes are tiny potatoes (2 – 4 inches long) with a long and narrow shape.
Tips for planting potatoes in pots
Choose a big container
If the container is big, the plant will have more space to form strong tubers and roots. Choose a container that is at least 16 inches high. Place 4 – 6 seeds in it.
The container will need to contain a drainage hole.
2. Use fabric bags
You can also grow potatoes in fabric bags instead of pots. Choose a 5-gallon fabric bag and place 2 – 3 seeds in it.
Fabric bags are good for growing potatoes because they prevent overwatering and provide air to the roots.
3. Choose a soil
If you plant potatoes in pots, choose a lightweight-potting soil. Moreover, you can also mix 1/3 perlite, 1/3 compost, 1/3 peat moss, or coconut coir and prepare the soil at home.
4. Choose an organic fertilizer
It is best to choose an organic, granular fertilizer for your potatoes. When the plants come out of the soil, add fish emulsion to them.
5. Water them daily
Put two fingers inside the pots and check whether the soil is dry. If there are two inches of dry soil, you should water the potatoes.
6. Earth up the soil
When the plant is 6 – 8 inches high, earth up the soil. Hilling should be done every 2 or 3 weeks until there are two inches of free space above the lower leaves.
7. Harvest the potatoes when the leaves turn yellow
After 18 or 20 weeks, the potatoes will mature. Dig the potatoes out of the pot and root through the soil to harvest the tubers.
Check the skin of the potatoes for mushy spots, which can represent fungus, in which case the potatoes are not safe to consume.