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
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"
Tag us in your garden and join us on socials! Let's share the love of veggies and growing your own fresh vegetables at home.
Subscribe to watch our seeds grow and follow our growing nursery. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB3V...
Follow us on social media’s
Instagram- @liveoffyourbackyard https://www.instagram.com/liveoffyour...
Facebook- Living off your backyard https://www.facebook.com/livingoffyou...