As you say - this bulk of compost shouldn't be wasted! It sounds like you're onto a winner there - great stuff! Do I now pick off the flowers and the pods so the strength goes into the potatoes rather then the flowers? Reflecting back on a large planting I did in tires about 10 - 15 years ago. Let us all know how you get on with your spuds! Make sure you earth up bit by bit, to give the plants enough time to adapt between earthings up. by mixing it with good garden soil and some of my own garden-made compost. My question is about planting whole potatoes vs cut? ", "Hi Brian Potato is a cool season crop but it requires the frost-free period of around 75-135 days or more, depending on the type of variety you are growing. Determinate potatoes are considered fast-growing and produce tubers at the soil depth just above where the seed was planted. :)", "Hi Becky. ", "I've just planted my first early spuds in the poly pots and have given instructions on my blog at www.chuffa.wordpress.com if any one wants to check it out", "I've been gardening since I was a kid. When growing potatoes, regular watering is essential. I didn't know what to do next but let them continue a bit and put my hand in to dig out some early ones and they were absolutely delicious. Using a laundry basket as your potato container is obviously a super simple, not to mention cheap solution – all you need to do is add a little bit of newspaper over the holes as you grow, and those holes make getting water all the way down to the bottom easy-peasy, but there are lots of cool DIY potato growing instructions all over bogland, and they are totally worth drooling over. I'd fill the bags to the top, hilling, as you are still creating more volume and opportunity for tuber formation. Potatoes in buckets photo courtesy of Dobies. Cut the large seed potatoes (larger than chicken eggs) with multiple eye buds in half to get more plants. 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. ", "Hi Carol. ", "I'm in Portland, Oregon. Take them out of their nets/bags and lay them in trays so the 'eyes' where the shoots will appear are facing upwards. My first experiment last year (see above) was at the same age, though I did not mention the fact! It is called Organic Kitchen Gardening … You can grow fingerlings in one container, late-season keepers in another. About 10 litres per potato is correct. ", "Hi all, I have, at the age of 65, decided to grow potatoes in a large potato bag. Will they be OK to use/eat? A potato that is replanted and used to grow potato plants is called seed potato. Bintje Yes indeed - anything of a reasonable volume is suitable for growing potatoes. This was the Cypriot red volcanic soil not like the U.K. so they were 'proper'. ", "Hi Sherry. Plants were started April 26. Though I have never tried this myself. There Could be a number of reasons the yield wasn't as high as you might expect. I'm not sure on that one. Perhaps some have started to re-grow because they think it's already spring! Is is still worth doing or too late to have any effect? You can use straw to finish hilling up the potatoes. Seems to be working pretty well, but I need to resist the urge to overcrowd the seed potatoes. Needless to say not everyone has the space to devote to this often rambunctious vegetable. You can feel for the potatoes by very carefully rummaging around in the compost and checking to see if they are ready. If they're very small, must leave the plant to grow on and check again in a few weeks. Is your foliage dying off? It seems that growing in containers isn't ideal in warm weather. They are wilting as well. As the mulch breaks down keep adding more mulch to keep the tubers covered. ", "My potato plants are enormous, and have been growing for at least 8 weeks, but no flowers yet. The whites popped up and in a week were almost six inches high. I'm not sure why they are wilting - it could be down to dry compost (this can happen even if it's been raining - push your hand into the compost to check if it's dry or not). Is this normal? I did see a bunch which looked like a bunch of grapes [bigger]. I am going to be careful for brussels. ", "Hi Toney. I saw no sign of spuds in the white root network. My experience is that they just flop over without breaking. This may have been a big problem. Foliage was tall and lush and I continually added mulch and tires for height until I was at 3-4 tires high. I'd line the hutch with something like polythene, or a few layers of bin liner (garbage sacks for our American readers). The others are maincrops, one in general purpose peat free, the rest in ericaceous peat free. ", "My potatoes in a container and growing and flowering well. Be on hand to water plants as they grow and particularly once the foliage has filled out. ", "My 2nd earlies (Charlotte) produced 4.3kg from 2 bags which were 18" square and 24" deep, a very good harvest. This years - Bute - have flowered heavily and are now growing fruit. ", "Thanks for your comments Vignesh, Steve, Alexander and Ronald. Make sure that the material you earth up with is consistent. Growing potatoes in pots is especially suited to first early and second early potatoes, which grow fast and are at a premium in the shops. I intend to hill this year's planting in the ground in rows in my garden, if only to keep the growing spuds from turning green. I've got several varieties ('Rose Finn Apple'...'German Butterball'...'Princess Laratte') growing in 15 and 20-gal. ave done now. Will it work or you need to hill 4 inch a time waiting for the leaves to show up and grow taller? Of course, growing out of the ground like this isn’t just for the chichi inclined. If you face the sprouts upside-down, you'll likely just delay a tad their push through the ground. When the plant clears the top tub, I mulch the mix to conserve water and insulate the the tub. No sign of potatoes yet. Grow new potatoes in a pot outside the kitchen or in large 5-gallon buckets on the patio. We started growing potatoes 3-4 years ago and I wouldn't consider planting without them. Automatic irrigation drip systems with timers utilising mini drippers and soaker hose also allow me to customize plant needs without much cost and very little daily maintainence. My favorite is the German Butterball. To increase tuber size what do u do ", " Hello David and SteveP. Just bought 10 view spuds", "Ben, your advice would be appreciated. Should I fill the bags to the top, essentially hilling, or just roll down the sides once I’ve covered the tops once? :) ", "@MaryG. Simply check the size of the tubers occasionally until they reach the desired size. I'd accept that some stems will be buried, but that they are vigorous enough to push through in time - just so long as the majority of stems aren't swamped. Now the containers are full to to brim and the greenery extends beyond the top end of the containers, so I can't cover it any more. this year set up five grow bags with taters. # Variety Maturity Compost seeds harvest Yield Pure heaven! In the 2nd box, most of the plants flowered and died down, but some have started growing again and it's early September. Otherwise I'm not sure. by Bogdan. I've gotten lots of potatoes for several years. Check back your potatoes each day, once a few buds appear they are ready for planting. ", "We were able to find some old bee boxes at a re-use it center and are trying those out this year. Remember to water and feed once or twice with your liquid feed. ", "Hi all, I live in the UK and am new to growing veg. Potatoes grow from a seed potato: a section of potato that contains an "eye" that grows into a vine. Choose the largest pot you can find – an old plastic pot that is at least 40 litres, or even a dustbin, is ideal. ", "I tried growing potatoes in containers this year (really large pots). You should get between 5lb and 10lb per pot, but this does depend on weather, watering and feeding. It's important your potatoes get enough sunshine to really thrive. As long as there is plenty of volume of potting soil in the tower for the tubers to develop, you should have yourself a nice little crop. Not sure if I should have fertilized better, used a different variety, or??? I was concerned maybe they grew too much and that my potatoes would be ruined by so much greenery being exposed to sunlight. I wouldn't worry too much - so long as the container/bag you are using has holes in the bottom of it to allow excess water to drain away you should be fine. Green Mountain German Butterball Potatoes grow in almost all the seasons. Alpaca poo is weed seed free, due to the Alpaca having to get rid of its food via three stomachs. Go to any good plant nursery/gardening centre and you can find them for sale. The solution for many space-starved gardeners is to grow their potatoes in containers, and not just pots but sacks, stacked tyres, old potting soil sack, the kitchen sink – you name it. 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. We are starting our potatoes and we decided to grow some in containers this year. Thank you for your advice like you we have had a really unusually hot summer and I must admit that I always put my potatoes in the sun to try to maximise growth. You could certainly try growing them again to harvest and eat. Sounds like you've got a good system there for your potatoes. I now have read that I should have left about an inch of growth uncovered. While most planters are really heavy and hard to move, Smart Pots are lightweight and have sturdy, webbed handles. Just shows that you can learn something every day. There is no need to harvest potatoes before blooms appear and leaves are yellowed. I've checked my old bin and it holds a bit over 80 litres, so should it be 20 litres per seed potato? Also, note that supermarket potatoes are sometimes treated with sprout inhibitors to prevent the emergence of sprouts. It offers some really sound advice and should be of help. This year I was very lazy earthing up potatoes in my raised beds - I didn't bother. But, sure enough, now I see so many leftover volunteers from last year looking really healthy. Do not rush off to plant before the last frost date has passed. It sounds like they're doing well. Thank you So keep balance and choose those that have 2-3 buds. As I said they have a lot of white sprouts, should I remove some of them before I plant? Anyway I Sowed one seed potato in each bucket in early March and each pot yielded about 1.5 kilos of lovely baby potatoes. After planting them in the bottom of the pot, I added soil in layers as the plants grew. The shoots will slowly sprout. You can also apply a liquid feed (such as one made from seaweed concentrate) once the plants are growing strongly. Yes, it's generally best to wait until the plants flower before harvesting. Give it a go and report back. The only thing I don't know is what kind of soil is best to plant them in. Was it ok to dig it up? Buy seed potatoes from local nurseries or online. The foliage needs to get enough light, and tubers planted too deep will have a delayed start as they struggle to reach the surface. I now have no more room in the bag to add further soil and the greenery is now around 12 inches above the top of the bag. They are generally prepared to sell them for about 10p each - just drill drainage holes in the bottom. ", "Hi Vignesh Potted sweet potatoes prefer well-draining, sandy soil to which you should add compost. Good luck with this year's potatoes. Position your tubers with any “eyes” facing upwards in an egg carton or other similar container. EARTHING UP Earthing up (sometimes call hilling) will allow the production of more potatoes in a tall container. If I am going to grow just one main crop variety I need a good all rounder for cooking. Good fortune with yours! Thanks. I worked so hard on these, I don't want to lose them and am quite worried, SO HOPING you can help ! I backfill the plants to the top with a mix of 1 5-gallon pail of black dirt mixed with 1.5 5-gallon pails of spaghnum peat moss, and a half pail of chicken compost. Selecting an indeterminate variety also would be logical! Can I add more soil or straw using chicken wire at the top of the barrels to help support them? ", "Hi, I got brave (?) Yes, use fresh soil/compost each year. When I plant them, do I plant them with the sprouts facing up or down? Drought and lack of water for the long period are detrimental for growing potatoes in containers. It just goes to show that gardeners are always learning! Given its vigor the humble potato is happy to call just about anywhere home, so long as a few basic rules are followed. My garden is large, but I only have one more area that I can move it. If you do find out anymore about this, please do report back. They also start growing very quickly indeed once the conditions are suitable, ensuring a guaranteed crop in most cases. ", "Hi Marcie. ", "Hi Robert. Do I really need to buy seed? As the leaves grow keep covering them up with new compost. Read this informative article of Maine University on selecting and cutting seed potatoes. Any advice would be appreciated. One thing about the UK, we never know what the weather will be like! Yesterday, I saw a mushroom growing out of one of the drainage holes near the bottom of the bucket. That said, it sounds like you've been clearly paying attention to watering, so if the potting soil is damp then clearly dryness isn't the problem. ", "Hi Marty. My grow light is now quite old and probably not the best. It won't burn the sprouts will it? Growing my first batch of potatoes. 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. ", "Looking to grow potatoes in barrels or bags this year. The first tubers will be ready to enjoy soon after plants come into flower. Elba 6 Blue Danube Early Main Ericaceous Peat Free 6 18 2.7kg Make sure you always use fresh, bought-in seed potatoes. Container spuds are also great fun for the kids. Here's hoping for some rain for the both of us! ", "Thanks for the clarification Nick, that's appreciated. Thank you Ben. 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. Waiting for the brown out and hoping the first batch will be good. Because I have waited for a late sprouter to grow some foliage most of them have now flowered without ever being earthed up from the original level. Assuming you are, your best bet is to start off seconding cropping potatoes at the end of August. 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