Growing Potatoes In A Container?

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

Yes! Potatoes are a type of vegetable suitable to be grown in containers. If you are thinking of growing potatoes in containers here are a couple of things to consider.

  • Use a deep container such as a large garbage can

  • Place 6 inches of soil in the bottom of the container

  • Spread out seed potatoes and cover with additional soil

  • As the plant grows taller keep adding soil to the container


Growing

  • Potatoes need full sun. 6-8 hours

  • Potato plants flower either white or purple

  • It is not uncommon for the flowers to produce a fruit resembling a small berry.

  • These berries contain many tiny seeds and they are poisonous and should not be consumed!

  • The top of the potato plant, the green leafy part required full sun, however, the tubers growing beneath the soil need to be protected from the sun if they happen to be growing close to the soil surface because the sunlight will turn them green

  • Hilling can be done to help keep growing tubers away from the soil surface

  • Hilling is the process of pulling soil around the stalk of a potato plant as it grows (mound soil around the plant)

  • Potatoes need about an inch of water per week


We planted our potatoes in Raised Garden Beds.

  • Planting potatoes in raised beds is one of the best ways to grow them

  • You will have fewer weeds competing for nutrients with your plants, also fewer weeds to pull

  • Reduced soil compaction

  • Potatoes need loose well-draining soil to grow

  • Raised beds produce high yields

  • Potatoes grown in raised beds are generally more healthy and numerous when compared to ones grown in the ground

  • You can plant potatoes in raised beds the same way you would plant them in the ground

  • We recommend using the trench method

  • Dig a trench 4 inches deep spaced 12 inches apart

  • Place seed potatoes, eyes up, every 8 inches and cover with soil

  • Planting potatoes in beds will still require you to hill soil around the growing tubers

  • Remember, tubers need to be protected from the sunlight

Did you know?

"It is very important to remember to plant seed potatoes with the eyes/sprouts facing up. If the eyes are facing to the side or down the seed potato may never grow a plant"


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