Ask below, and I’ll do my best to answer it. Bintje Red Cloud Did the hilling like everyone recommended,but for the amount of soil used, the potato harvest was very small. Thanks, Patricia", "Hi Patricia. Peppers need regularly feeding with a high-potash feed (one labelled for tomatoes would be fine). I'm getting ready to plant some in the ground and a few in a pot, is it to late to plant them now that we're out of the danger of frost, or does that matter with potatoes? It would be nice to get a bigger crop next year. The most important rule when using containers is to. This years - Bute - have flowered heavily and are now growing fruit. This may mean choosing a soil mixture for raised beds/soilless potting mix. They're quick growing varieties that will cope with dropping temperatures. If you need help designing your vegetable garden, try our Vegetable Garden Planner. They are growing fast and tall. I am growing Yukon Gold potatoes - and from what I read it seems like these are 'determinate' potatoes and therefore I won't get anymore potatoes if I hill up the plant. I will be using bog standard compost from a local garden centre, renewing it every year. Can't wait to get rid of the piles of snow and get my hands in the dirt! ", "I just lifted my maris piper potatoes which I grew in a container I planted them in about march april they were not very big I feed them. Sounds like you're a potato pro! in pieces. ", "My 2nd earlies (Charlotte) produced 4.3kg from 2 bags which were 18" square and 24" deep, a very good harvest. Not sure what to do with this one, let the plants go for a bit or harvest my spuds now? The confusion is probably down to me I'm afraid! Follow the basic principles for planting outlined below, and you can be successful no matter which container you choose. All four have out grown their containers by 5-7 inches or so. Potatoes in buckets photo courtesy of Dobies. ", "I live in central Texas. Last year i was growing the potatoes but the crop was not comes good and it not reach the enough water and my all potatoes was killed. I understand that alkaline soils are more prone to scab, so tending towards a more neutral or mildly acidic soil may work, though I fear an ericaceous soil could be too acidic.", "Hi Ben . You suggest 10 litres of growing medium per seed potato then go on to say that 4 could be grown in a dustbin. ", "Many thanks Ben. Indeterminate varieties are preferred for bag growing so the yield is worth the the effort. In a warm summer the black exterior of the tires would heat up quite a lot, effectively dissuading potatoes from setting tubers as they overheat. Maybe just the wrong time of year for Tucson, or maybe too much water-is that possible? Varieties to try are. Don’t count on it! ", "Thanks for the heads up on this Saria, appreciated. ", "Hello all, I would suggest that you use fresh compost for the next time you grow potatoes. There are sound practical benefits to trapping your tubers within the confines of a container, including freedom from soil-borne pests and diseases such as eelworm and scab (an all-too-common setback for many), the chance to give the back a rest from digging, and the opportunity to try lots of different varieties of potatoes without (a) getting them mixed up and (b) worrying about things like crop rotation. Potatoes like full sun (on all sides) and I fear they just wouldn't amount to much. Will they be OK to use/eat? Make sure you always use fresh, bought-in seed potatoes. I'm not sure what beetles they could be - they could be one of many thousands of different types! The compost will be quite devoid of nutrients, so I'd see this more as a way of improving soil structure rather than adding more nutrients - these will need to be added from fresh garden compost, manures and organic fertilisers. Thanks. ", "Potatoes Grown in Ericaceous Compost. The red thumb fingerlings were so good roasted. They have not flowered, although I spotted one nice baseball sized spud showing before I got it buried again. The vine uses only a portion of the nutrients found in the soil and the excess food causes the thick roots to grow into the tubers harvested at the end of the growing season. I recently harvested my first ever crop of potatoes from containers about 18-20 inches high. ", "Hi all, I live in the UK and am new to growing veg. When might I begin the process? This can be from very early spring if you can offer some protection from frost, or mid spring if not. For even watering, I have a drip line inserted in each grow bag. It makes me think we could overcome that with a little ingenuity... straw mulch around and over the tires might help a lot. Maris Piper ", "Good luck Norma. Great website. Fingerling potatoes are waxy flesh types that are genetically predisposed to grow long and thin. The main purpose is to test the yield of potatoes grown in bags using ericaceous compost. Keep on feeding them! ", "Hi Rocky. Thank you Ben. I guess my soil is gonna be good, cause I've got a lot of worms also. ", "Hi MaryG. You can plant 4-6 seed potatoes in this sized container. This may have been a big problem. Is this typical? You can use 5-gallon buckets, large pots, or grow bags as containers for growing potatoes. ", "I tried growing potatoes in containers this year (really large pots). Red Pontiac i haven't tried again until this year in the U.K. so I'm hoping my Mozart seed potatoes (10 in all) and 5 Anya seed potatoes show me I'm doing it all right. This year I have a few vegetables in containers, and am getting ready to plant my potatoes in a trash can. I have definitely not harvested them too early. ", "Hi Ronald. Here's to a good growing season for your spuds. The bag acts as a barrier and the Bermuda doesn’t penetrate. I appreciate your referral back to Barbara Pleasant's article, very helpful insight. # Variety Maturity Compost seeds harvest Yield Or is this just overthinking? The mid-season varieties, such as 'Red Cloud', are harvested about 80 days after planting. Thank you! Now in 2019 I did see a note in Maine Potato Lady that heirloom fingerling potatoes were suitable for potato growing bags because they would continually set new tubers throughout the season, which may or may not be the same factor we are discussing. When the edges feel leathery with no signs of moisture, they have properly dried. The Problem With Growing Potatoes in Containers. Use a soil blend made for acid-loving plants or amend soil with an acid mix fertilizer according to package directions. ", "Looking to grow potatoes in barrels or bags this year. You can always dig down to check on the size of the developing tubers. I think a sun shade is a good idea to keep them cool and happy. Desiree It could be down to a number of reasons. Thanks for all this info! I'm not sure what your 'worms' could have been in the potato tubers. For those that are using garbage bags for their potatoes, I would recommend trying to find food grade plastic bags. Tip them out and enjoy! Now (i.e. This is my first time planting potatoes, and in a container. From what I can see online, King Edward seems to be the favourite. Thank you There were, of course, too few plants to make this a reliable trial but nevertheless there were indications from which I have tentatively concluded that potatoes grow in ericaceous compost at least as well as they do in general purpose neutral compost. Yes, use fresh soil/compost each year. I'd line the hutch with something like polythene, or a few layers of bin liner (garbage sacks for our American readers). ", "Yes, the list you provided gave some good varieties. You may want to get organic potatoes from Sprouts and try chitting your own so they are ready when you need them. ", "Hi, maryG 20 gallon bucket grew and now I've topped with mulch to wait for it to die off. Hi Mary. After leaving my reply to you I did a bit of a read up on determinate vs indeterminate potatoes. You can see my results if you check out my blog page at if you or anyone wishes to. In the low desert, full sun is preferred for the. Amarosa fingerling – oblong mid-season fingerling potato with burgundy skin and creamy, deep red flesh. Once potatoes have sprouted, cut larger potatoes in pieces. To increase tuber size what do u do ", "I am a newbie gardener! ", "Please don't advocate growing potatoes in tyres, this is very bad advice. I would imagine peat-free is better as it is looser and wouldn't slump down as easily as perhaps peat-based composts might. Space potato pieces 10 to 15 inches apart, setting them in a trench at a depth of 6 inches; deep planting prevents tubers from jutting out of the soil as they grow. In my climate (UK) where it's usually cool and damp during the main growing period, potatoes often do well enough in containers, though again, never quite as well as those grown in the ground. I've had three types of peppers growing since June and I'm just now seeing small peppers popping up on what I thought would be a bust. Under the right conditions, these eyes sprout – you’ve surely seen this happen to a potato in your kitchen. I told you… Easy as 1.2.3. Recycled Materials. ", "I'm assuming your in the Northern Hemisphere Vicki? As a rough guide, each potato plant needs about 3 gallons to grow well. [X] Close [X] Close. Then I moved the bucket only to find lots of beetles of different types. I was certain I harvested all our spuds last year. Buy certified disease-free seed potatoes from online retailers or garden centers for best results. Otherwise I'm not sure. ", "Hi Moire. It's sometimes caused when the soil is either too wet or too day, so ensure good drainage and be sure to water in dry weather. I'm not sure they'll survive the colder temps we'll be having or how long it will take for them to grow and ripen, but what a surprise it was. ", "Just out of interest, I have planted potatoes in 8 bags, each 18” square with 100 litres of compost, but varied growing medium to compare results. ", "Its probably a bit late in the season to do this but hey ho, I'll tell you any way. However, as I say in the article, if you are thinning the compost out with garden soil to make it go further, or if you just want to make extra sure, there's certainly no harm in adding a general purpose organic fertiliser such as chicken manure pellets or blood, fish and bone to the compost/soil mix (make sure you mix it in well). Or is the list complete which I provided from the article above? If you do find out anymore about this, please do report back. Go to any good plant nursery/gardening centre and you can find them for sale. Few blogs that actually have help for novices.really good for vegetable It's also a lot better for the environment - peat locks in carbon and is home to a very complex habitat. I've written a short blog post about my experiences with growing potatoes in bags: I have a nice garden in my yard but haven’t tried potatoes yet. ", "Hi there, I found your site by way of Google whilst looking for a comparable subject, your site came up, it seems good. I'll have see what happens when I turn the bucket over and get a look at the results. Learn how to grow potatoes in containers; no tilling required. Add some additional drainage material such as crocks or broken up polystyrene to the base of your container then fill with about 10cm (4in) of your growing medium. In the low desert of Arizona, there are two windows to plant potatoes. As well, Been doing that since we started, I find seed potatoes to be pricey. Any suggestions as to why this happened and what we could be doing wrong? This encourages the potatoes to sprout more (a process called ‘chitting’). Just coming in on this a bit late, having been on holiday recently. ", "Hi Vignesh One bag with Swift is in general purpose peat free, one of Swift in ericaceous peat free. Any advice? ", "Hi Carol. Have had a good summer so far. Yellow Potatoes are very versatile and are good mashed, steamed, baked, boiled or roasted. :)", "Hi Becky. Lehigh I hope this white roots yield some good spuds for you! When is the best time to start planting potatoes in pots? I use straw instead of "hilling up" the soil. The plants had stopped growing and were drying out when we harvested. ", "Really helpful and detailed information about growing potatoes there. ", "Hi Ronald. being careful not to damage the potatoes. Where would I find seed fingerlings ? We do nothing fancy to our soil other than throw mulch on it over the winter and keep it topped up with our kitchen-scrap compost...and an occasional topping up with horse manure compost. 8 Sarpo Axona Late Main Ericaceous Peat Free 6 20 1.1kg There are early or mid to late season varieties. I always leave some poking proud of the newly added soil, just in case. After it flowered (at least one of the many branches did), I've noticed some purple tips and vines have a slightly green/brown tint. It's been a month since I have written and I have 2 questions. ", "Hi Ben. But this year I grew a new variety in the UK called Jazzy in the 12inch buckets that our supermarkets display flowers in. I am going to be careful for brussels. I have added soil to them twice and I can't add any more. When the plant clears the top tub, I mulch the mix to conserve water and insulate the the tub. I worked so hard on these, I don't want to lose them and am quite worried, SO HOPING you can help ! Haven't had an issue. One of the benefits though of growing potatoes in containers is that there is no need for weeding! If you look closely at the shoots you can usually see that they are a combination of the fatter shoot that will form the stem, and then thinner, wiry roots coming out from the base of this shoot. Here's hoping for some rain for the both of us! Brian. The foliage can grow to about 2ft (60cm) tall or more. ", "Hi Juls. Good luck to all on their garden endeavors. indeterminates, like some tomatoes, will continue to create "fruit" as they grow, therefore hilling is more important for an increased yield. When i gently popped it out I noticed a massive network of small white roots. Under the right conditions, these eyes sprout – you’ve surely seen this happen to a potato in your kitchen. Others are still green. This may be the reason they haven't come up further. Potatoes grown in the ground look for moisture in surrounding soil while container-grown potatoes rely on the moisture you provide. Hopefully you'll have better luck next year. Thanks....", "thank you for the help growing potatoes im going to continue to grow potatoes and other vegetables next year. Potatoes do grow very vigorously, so no need to be concerned! Thank you. Like Carol, one of my two plants is blooming. also, this year's crop comes from leftovers from last year that I used as seeds, seems to be OK.", "Hi Bob. You should get between 5lb and 10lb per pot, but this does depend on weather, watering and feeding. ", "Ben - Not all potato varieties necessarily flower, so it's worth digging down a bit to see if any tubers have formed. I grew using ericaceous compost this year and so far it has been a success. Whether you like them baked, mashed, french fried, roasted or any number of other ways, potatoes are a delicious staple. Growing in sacks and following the exact plan you show in your video. Six different varieties of seed potato were used including one first early, one second early, two early main crop and two late main crop. Place a 3-4 inch layer of loose soil, heavily amended with. As the plants grow they will produce tubers in upper layers of the soil, so there's really no need to double-up the layers. I should not dig up until flowers appear but no flowers :( Thanks", "Hi Becky. Yes, I've read this too. My query is instead of repeated hilling, what if the container is filled to the brim the first time the seed potato is sowed. Spring-planted potatoes do best with a little afternoon shade to prevent them from drying out too quickly. I have 10 bags measuring 22" diameter by 18" tall which would take 5 by that measure (110 litres). Many thanks for the kind words. Would it be possible to share what you learned about varieties that thrive in containers as well (assuming indeterminate is the key)? Also do I add the fertilizer with both at first plant or later? I did not disturb it and just put it in the larger pot with more soil and room. I need some potato advice! You may find that the tubers are still growing, so your extra compost may yet pay off! Common scab is, unfortunately, a common problem of potatoes. The stems and leaves are very tall, bushy and heavy. And thank you for taking the time to write in. As soon as the weather is a bit warmer. The only explanation is that the potatoes were exposed to light in some way. ", "Hi Susan. I have four containers ( flexible bags) that my potato plants are thriving in. This encourages the potatoes to sprout more (a process called ‘chitting’). I'd no idea that there was such a difference. First earlies – such as the Yukon Gold (which I’m planting here), take around 10-12 weeks. Salad potatoes tend to do well in containers or bags. ", "Thanks for the clarification Nick, that's appreciated. Thanks. I grew four different potato varieties in black grow bags. ", "Hi Suzanne, that's super - thanks so much for sharing this list. Yukon gold potatoes are particularly susceptible to blight which is a disease that affects potato plants. The foliage is likely to be very spindly and yellowed, and the plant may really struggle. Potatoes from the grocery store often produce very gangly shoots, especially if it's warm, so it's very easy to get confused! ", "hi you say cut of the head after they have flower on is the head the green leavy part and when i put my spuds in do i leave the top part ponting through the soil or cover the hole tubers i have never done spuds x", "I used straw last year and it worked okay. They will be ready when plants start flowering or soon after - it depends on the variety you are growing. Growing my first batch of potatoes. Yukon Gold is a widely popular and delicious mid-season potato that grows well in warm climates. I grow above ground in boxes made of cheap framing lumber 2x8's. Yukon Gold potatoes store well as long as the potatoes are cured first. ", "Hi Robert. No side shoots. Good luck with your next crop of potatoes! A full sun position will allow the plants to receive 6-8 hours of light a day. Is your foliage dying off? Actively growing plants will also benefit from a couple of liquid feeds during their growing time; use a balanced organic fertilizer such as seaweed extract. I noticed that one new little spud is poking up and turning green and has a bite out of it :o However, in most instances this is probably verging on the side of over-engineering! Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links. ", "Thanks Mr Vanheems! A tuber is the thickened part of the stem growing underground. Simply check the size of the tubers occasionally until they reach the desired size. Mid and early season potatoes are best for growing in the desert. It's my first time planting "container" potatoes, but I understood you had to cover the growth with soil as the growth emerged a few inches. ", "Yes, the plants are quite large ! You’re welcome. Thanks for the great info.! Let the top few inches dry out before watering again. please follow this link Try a homegrown potato and you can taste the difference in crispness and freshness. Yukon Gold potato plants are 12 to 18 inches tall with a spread of 4 feet. To increase the storage time of potatoes, allow them to stay in the ground for an additional 2 weeks following the dieback of the plants. I used good quality compost with blood/bone meal sprinkled on the seed and then just earthed up and watered and very happy.They say they are a salad potatoe but these are making lovely chips and roasties. The same applies to maincrop potatoes. Expert comment welcome! Use a soil blend made for acid-loving plants or amend soil with an acid mix fertilizer according to package directions. I fed them with special potato plant food when I laid them in and I think that served very well for their growth. I used organic russets and last week planted three whites after allowing the cuts to heal for two days. Can you successfully transplant like this with good results? While ground-grown plants have the luxury of reaching down to chase valuable soil moisture, their container cousins have no such luxury. In pots it can sometimes flop over the sides - this is perfectly normal. Plant potatoes about 2 weeks before your last frost date in the spring. Canela Russet Mid-season potatoes mature in 90-110 days. This growing method isn't likely to yield a root cellar full of tasty spuds, but it can be a way to decrease the risk of scab or try out a new variety. If you feel a few decent-sized ones then you're good to go. Thank you for any response. ", "My sole venture in spud growing (see above) was with some unknown variety forgotten in the bottom of a small sack from Morrisons. ", "Hi Brian Your email address will not be published. Tips for Growing Potatoes in Containers: 1. The final rule is to keep your potatoes well watered. Potatoes need at least 6 hours of sun to grow well. But this year is a first on growing potatoes. Plants take varying periods of time to flower, depending on the variety of potato you are growing, so it flowers may be imminent or a few weeks away yet. I have not seen a distinction stated regarding determinate vs indeterminate associated by variety name, so it seems as if this is not a widely acknowledged association. Thank you!!! Potatoes are growing again in them. potato thing a try. However, I would avoid using it where you are growing potatoes and other members of the potato family - ie tomatoes and aubergines. ave done now. @Moira: Are you in the Massachusetts area? ", "I tried potatoes in pots for the first time this year. ", "Hi Sam. Cover the seedlings when they are about 6 inches tall. ", "Hi, we got a small yield before the plants pretty much died. Buy your seed potatoes as soon as you can and break them free of their nursery bag or net. vegetables. I used Humax multipurpose compost and added Morgans potato fertilizer as they grew. You can purchase ‘Yukon Gold’ mini tubers for planting from Burpee. Sadly the potato fruits are reported as inedible due to presence of the green toxic compound you sometimes get (at non-poisonous levels) in tubers. When you are ready to harvest the entire container, gently dump it out into a wheelbarrow, being careful not to damage the potatoes. You would normally harvest the potatoes when the plants come into flower, and certainly before they start producing their fruits. ", "Hi Toney. Potatoes may well grow in the full sun of south-facing window, but the light levels indoors, even in such a position, are literally a fraction of what they would be outdoors or in a greenhouse. My plants are now so tall they are bending over the sides. If you notice blight on your crops remove all the affected leaves and stem and toss them away. Plants were started April 26. Potato growing sacks sold specifically for this purpose, would house three. What are your thoughts? ", "I did this last year for the first time. I had read NOT to get them from the store as they are sprayed with a sprout inhibitor but that makes perfect sense to just buy organic. Butte Whether you like them baked, mashed, french fried, roasted or any number of other ways, potatoes are a delicious staple. You’re Sure to Dig Growing These Spuds! Once potatoes have sprouted put seed potatoes where the temperature is between 60-70℉ and where they will be exposed to light. I carefully hilled them as they grew and I think that I watered them regularly. I'd love to know if there are varieties that can dependably form potatoes up the stem as they are hilled!! (which are smaller potatoes rather than the larger potatoes commonly grown in places like Idaho). Either way works fine. The first layer was good quality compost topped off at about 8 inches (total) and add some bone meal into the mix. My old world Portuguese neighbor taught us to mound around them a little bit a couple times when the plants are young...and then leave them alone. Varieties that seem to be recommended include: Canela Russet, Bintje, Red Pontiac, Maris Piper, German Butterball, Red Maria, Butte, Elba, Red Cloud, Katahdin and Desiree potatoes. In the low desert of Arizona, there are two windows to plant potatoes. When can I water well. I finally found the dark purple potatoes that I love at the store and I am going to stick them into egg containers right now :D I did not know about the layering of soil and I think I will try a little soil and a little straw as another person should work because I have seen where people use straw bails to plant them in too..", "That's brilliant Leah. 4 Charlotte 2nd Early Ericaceous Peat Based 6 16 1.8kg This will avoid any pest and disease problems. Bury the leaves and all, or leave a few leaves poking up. I am a big fan of growing potatoes and lucky enough to have enough space to grow them in full ground. We have grown tomatillos and they have done great. It shouldn't be too heavy - compost/potting soil is ideal. Expose just the top of the mass of roots and you more easily see if there are any potatoes then, if not, tip the bag back upright and carefully let the compost/root mass drop back into place. But I would generally recommend using seed potatoes, as you'll get better results, so worth the money. ", "Hi Carla. Two tubs used in this fashion is better than 55-gallon barrels, as the top tub is easily toppled. You wrote: “Varieties to try are Yukon Gold, Red Gold or All Red”. Consider feeding actively-growing potatoes with an acid -loving organic fertilizer or seaweed extract, once or twice during the growing season. ", "Hi all from Mass, I started my potato container late May in 20 gal buckets. Check out my latest blog entry on growing potatoes for Christmas too. Tom ", "Really looking forward to growing potatoes this space-saving way this year. We discussed the pros and cons of earthing up in this previous page. I like growing potatoes in these 40 gallon grow-bags. ", "Thank you, Ben. ", "Grateful for this resource, so thank you ! I have been growing potatoes for over 30 years and have done nothing different except use a new brand of potato fertiliser, perhaps I over did this to cause the excessive top growth? They are generally prepared to sell them for about 10p each - just drill drainage holes in the bottom. Maris Piper and Arron Victory might be contenders but King Edward's disease resistance seems better. ", "I am growing Charlotte potatoes in containers and have read that the same compost should not be used to grow potatoes in the containers again. Thank you for your help I really do need it. I would prefer to plant potatoes in it but would be grateful for any advice if you think it would be better for something else. Not all potatoes will sprout, some are treated. It won't burn the sprouts will it? I religiously put 4 in soil then the seeds then another 4in then each time the foliage reached 8in added another 4in of soil. Has anyone had that issue? Others worth seeking out are flavorsome ‘Lady Christl’, the appropriately named ‘Rocket’ and quirky, nutty-flavoured ‘Anya’. The plant is dying from the bottom of the leaves, as expected. Good luck! 'They look like small potatoes. The ideal position will be a full sun location. Ideally they should be about the size of a hen's egg. Select a container that is at least 16 inches in diameter and 16 inches (41 cm) high. The shoots will slowly sprout. Thanks in advance! There are a number of scab-resistant varieties of potato available (eg 'Sante' and 'Hermes') so grow these next year. Second earlies – like Kennebec or French fingerling potatoes, take approximately 12-14 weeks. 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