Hi GardenGroupie. ", "I have grown potatoes in containers for 2 years do I have to use new soil also when I brought the bags they tell you to put 2 layers of seed potatoes in but we only got a few potatoes out of it is it best to put 1 layer", "Hi Carol. Keep up with us, we will be publishing other vegetable growing guides this year. This year I was very lazy earthing up potatoes in my raised beds - I didn't bother. Rigid containers aren’t the only things which can house potato plants. vegetables. They are generally prepared to sell them for about 10p each - just drill drainage holes in the bottom. any suggestions? ", "Hi Susi. ", "I say...stick 'em in the ground and see what happens. ", "You can read about treating/avoiding wireworms here: bigbughunt.com/bug-guides/us-and-canada/wireworm/", "Hi, i live in western arizona, along the colorado river, (hot summers), last year my lady and i grew, purple, small new pots, and some yukon gold, from some store bought that started sprouting in the pantry. ", "We tried potatoes in pots this year, and continued to earth them up as they grew. ", "Thank you for sharing this useful article. ", "Hi Moire. Place a 3-4 inch layer of loose soil, heavily amended with compost, in the bottom of the container. They will all be treated the same, so we will see what difference growing medium and for one, the number of tubers, makes. As your results suggest, there may be a slight bias towards peat-free ericaceous compost. The second time I mulched with some straw. Any suggestions will help, Thanks. Add your own thoughts on the subject of this article: It has been a very unusual summer indeed. by mixing it with good garden soil and some of my own garden-made compost. Always earth up just a few inches at a time until you reach the top of your container. Don’t count on it! So long as you get the stem bit pointing up, you'll be fine. Did we miss anything? No sign of foliage beginning to die down - which is the "time to harvest" indicator above I've tried a small red potato grown in the Klamath Valley in Oregon because they are so tasty. Common scab is, unfortunately, a common problem of potatoes. What are your thoughts? Good luck with this year's potatoes. I'm not sure on that one. I have 10 bags measuring 22" diameter by 18" tall which would take 5 by that measure (110 litres). ", "I've been reading that the best potatoes for containers or bags are indeterminate types. I wondered why they cautioned against hilling over the leaves, it seems that would be impossible to avoid. I was wondering if when constructing the system should i include a watering tube (drilled pvc pipe, for example)down the center of the barrel to ensure watering reaches the whole plant structure? 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. The whiskey barrel-style containers sound very attractive. Ideally they should be about the size of a hen's egg. ", "How do you support the shoots once they're above the top of the bag? Good luck to all on their garden endeavors. The article is super complete. 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. For a 75cm / 2ft 6in container we used 3 seed potatoes. One bag of Charlotte is in ericaceous peat free, one in peat based ericaceous. Being able to pick up the container to judge their moisture content is so handy too. And good luck! When you have gathered the needed supplies it is almost time to start planting. Been doing that since we started, I find seed potatoes to be pricey. Normally, harvesting potatoes is a back-breaking task but with container potatoes, it couldn’t be easier. With rows requiring a leg-stretching 45cm (18in) between them, a few bags of seed potatoes hanging invitingly on the garden centre shelves can soon turn into a space-planning headache. The third layers I added more compost and then the last layer was good potting soil. We’re going to sprout them first – a process known as ‘chitting’ by the potato gurus. ", "Hi Ronald. Just bought 10 view spuds", "Ben, your advice would be appreciated. Growing potatoes in containers can make gardening accessible for the small space gardener. I do remember that my compost seemed to resist wetting and water would puddle then run out the sides rather than soak in and become moist. Like Carol, one of my two plants is blooming. I planted them on March 13th and it is now April 28th. I used Humax multipurpose compost and added Morgans potato fertilizer as they grew. The main purpose is to test the yield of potatoes grown in bags using ericaceous compost. ", "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. I have tried the grow and top up method, this worked much better. Yes, it's generally best to wait until the plants flower before harvesting. In the case of the first and second earlies, direct comparisons were made by planting the same variety in two bags with different composts. Straightforward to grow and yielding buckets full of tubers, the potato crop is easily my most eagerly anticipated moment of the kitchen gardening year. Glad to hear you like it, Ella! ", "Hi, I"ve been reading up a little about 'hilling' potatoes. Punch holes in the base so excess water can drain away. ", "I have potatoes growing in containers in the mid/north Welsh Marches (the border area between England and Wales) in this splendid summer. This years - Bute - have flowered heavily and are now growing fruit. So if you have a 30-litre container you can plant a total of three potatoes. Any idea why this happened? Have a pepper plant which now has small green peppers, although one is turning yellow/red. Potato growing sacks sold specifically for this purpose, would house three. For those that are using garbage bags for their potatoes, I would recommend trying to find food grade plastic bags. 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. Take them out of their nets/bags and lay them in trays so the 'eyes' where the shoots will appear are facing upwards. 4 Charlotte 2nd Early Ericaceous Peat Based 6 16 1.8kg Or is the list complete which I provided from the article above? ", "Hi Marie. My score: 8.5/10. Why is it that you would not need to do this in a bag? Determinate potatoes are considered fast-growing and produce tubers at the soil depth just above where the seed was planted. Also, we re-use our potatoes from last year. Earth up potatoes as they grow to increase the harvest Space your seed potatoes, sprouts uppermost, evenly throughout the container. Reflecting back on a large planting I did in tires about 10 - 15 years ago. My plants are now so tall they are bending over the sides. Thank you for the very detailed overview of your experiences growing in tires. ", "I am a newbie gardener! ", "No Steve P these are early potatoes and this is the right time to harvest as the potatoes have flowered. ", "Hi John. It just goes to show that gardeners are always learning! Resources • ", "Hi Mike. ", "David a better analogy would be that your flowers now have small tomatoes growing on them, potatoes and tomatoes being closely related. In Britain this means the (relatively!) Keep on feeding them! Though I have never tried this myself. ", "Hi I have grown potatoes in containers for years but have never had much success before, the potatoes that I have grown like this year are very large potatoes and they are all up to the top of my dustbins (3 quarters full) I have used well rotted horse manure before but this year have used fish, blood and bone. That is a huge amount of work, it can be back-breaking and … Tom ", "Really looking forward to growing potatoes this space-saving way this year. Expert comment welcome! Use large containers: The larger your container, the more room your plants have to stretch out their roots and form tubers.Consider the following: Large Pots: Large pots and planters are ideal for growing potatoes. They are growing fast and tall. 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. ", "Hi Ben. Thanks....", "thank you for the help growing potatoes im going to continue to grow potatoes and other vegetables next year. The red thumb fingerlings were so good roasted. A typical dustbin-sized container would hold around four plants. I never much cared for potatoes....until last year's harvest. I use a masons cement mixer to ensure an even mix. Is this too early, should I pinch back or prune back the top growth ?? Made from 3 ‘collars’ and one ‘base plate’, the collars are placed on top of each other to extend the planter upwards as the potato plant grows – mimicking the layering process. Basically hilling is the term used for containers. First, don't bother to chit / sprout the potatoes, the warm temperature make that unnecessary. ", "Hi Suzanne, that's super - thanks so much for sharing this list. Size of pots: 30cm in diameter and 25cm in height. You can use straw to finish hilling up the potatoes. Potatoes grow well in large containers, place 3 or 4 tubers in each pot with 15-20cms of good compost in the bottom and cover with 10 cms of compost. … Just take care not to disturb the compost too much as you feel around for the tubers. It shouldn't be too heavy - compost/potting soil is ideal. How to grow potatoes in a pot. ), so it seems like they're probably good to go. Top up with compost or straw as mentioned above. Thankfully, potatoes are easy to grow in pots and containers, allowing gardeners tight on … From what I can see online, King Edward seems to be the favourite. They were: Casablanca, Golden Nugget, Sharpe's Express, Maris Bard, Lady Christl, Jazzy, Vales Emerald and Charlotte. Now that the boring rules are out of the way, it’s time to move on to the guide for growing potatoes in pots. There's no need to cut the tops off at all - just leave all foliage and flowers to grow. I have found that if you mix Alpaca poo with the compost for the spuds, it works a treat. ", "Hi Paula. Thanks again. When you grow potatoes in a container, harvesting is easier because all the tubers are in one place. The humble potato has been a staple of the British diet since the end of the 16th century, it has earned its place in the pantheon of British dishes by adding tantalising delicacies such as mashed potatoes and roast potatoes, along with many others, to our palette. How to successfully grow potatoes in a bag or container, a step by step guide. If you feel a few decent-sized ones then you're good to go. I've checked my old bin and it holds a bit over 80 litres, so should it be 20 litres per seed potato? ", "We were able to find some old bee boxes at a re-use it center and are trying those out this year. ", "I tried potatoes in pots for the first time this year. You may find that the tubers are still growing, so your extra compost may yet pay off! I suspect potatoes like the more open structure. (If you have difficulty using this form, please use our Contact Form to send us your comment, along with the title of this article. ", "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. I hope so! In a 30ltr pot if you wish to grow a Medium size potato then go with no more than 2 seed potatoes per pot. You're aiming for short, stubby shoots before planting. Normally potatoes require a lot of space to grow. Barbara Pleasant gives an excellent overview of her experiences of growing in tires, containers and other out-of-ground methods vs in-ground potatoes. Growing potatoes in containers can make gardening accessible for the small space gardener. They also have great natural drainage, ensuring your potatoes will never sit in water and rot. This time I'll be a bit more patient and wait for harvest time instead of picking around the edges for new potatoes. These are redskins, not sure of variety. To grow your potatoes in bags just follow these steps. To accurately know the nutrient level in the soil, you need a soil test kit which I think is a good investment for … 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. That said, you can sometimes get away with using sprouted potatoes from the supermarkets. Fill the bottom 15cm (6in) of the container with potting compost and plant the seed potato just below this. To do this, you'll need to very carefully reach down into the soil/compost to feel for the tubers, then carefully remove them while causing as little disturbance as possible. Let us all know how you get on with your spuds! ave done now. This may be the reason they haven't come up further. Тhis is basically adding more soil to the container. ", "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. So there we have it, who knew that growing potatoes in pots could be so easy. Thank you I've not yet dug in to see if there are potatoes yet, as I've got my barrel surrounded by chicken wire because the deer like the foliage so much. The first and most critical rule is knowing how many plants a container can support and to not overload it. 1/4 fill the pot with compost and place the potatoes on top and then cover over with a layer of compost. ", "Ben. Feel for the tubers, pulling free any that have reached the size of a hen’s egg, or allow them to grow on to your preference. I unfortunately planted 2 the [whole] potatoes in a med sized [1 gal.] When does it? Any advice would be helpful. ", "So you can use straw instead of soil after you lay the 4" base of soil and the 4" cover soil? This was not just by yield but the size of the tubers as well. Seed potatoes, in the UK at least, are out for sale right now. sun-kissed fields of Cornwall and Jersey, both flanked by warming seas and blessed with rich, chocolatey soils. Nevertheless, the crop was very respectable, particularly given an almost complete lack of rain and no watering. Sarpo Axona was infected with blight but half of the plants escaped it so there was still a harvest, though smaller than otherwise might have been expected. My first experiment last year (see above) was at the same age, though I did not mention the fact! ", "I did this last year for the first time. It's important your potatoes get enough sunshine to really thrive. 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. Give it a go and report back. Growing Potatoes in Containers – How to Grow Potatoes in Bags or Pots [GrowVeg] Share this Story Get our Newsletter Subscribe Log in to comment on this story! Many garden centres carry a stock of both plastic and natural growing bags but you can also use heavy duty bin bags, just be sure to add some drainage holes. ", "It seems the less we mess with our potato plants, the better our yield. Let us know how you get on with this season's potatoes. The foliage is growing well - no flowers yet but hopefully soon - earthed up and now just sat waiting for 2 x 35 litre pots and 1 smaller plant pot (anyas). As soon as the foliage begins to die down it’s time to tip out the contents of your container and gather the stragglers. The first layer was good quality compost topped off at about 8 inches (total) and add some bone meal into the mix. Not sure if I should have fertilized better, used a different variety, or??? I went away for four days, came back and there they were. Salad potatoes tend to do well in containers or bags. Planting potatoes in the ground . ANY ADVICE APPRECIATED,,,,,THANKS! Grow some German Butterballs, you won't regret it. ", "im trying to grow potatoes in bag for the first time,should i use some type of food to help them grow. Is this correct? Cover the potatoes with approximately 5-10 cm of soil, don’t worry if this doesn’t seem like enough you will understand why it should be done like this later. But if they are growing again you may as well let them grow on to see what you get. Last year's - variety unknown - gave very few flowers. This means planting rows of potatoes doesn’t just take up huge amounts of valuable growing space but planting and harvesting them is back breaking work! When you grow potatoes in a container, harvesting is easier because all the tubers are in one place. They are useful ", "Hi Marcie. It is called Organic Kitchen Gardening … It would be nice to get a bigger crop next year. They can be planted late spring. There is more work to be done during the growing process. Hey Connor, the process of covering with layer replaces hilling. Radishes - For ultimate crunch, the quicker you can eat these peppery roots after harvesting, the better. Marie E - The general rule surrounding harvesting of first early potatoes is to check the compost for potatoes once the first flowers appear, but the only real test is to feel for the potatoes. By Benedict Vanheems. The seed potatoes (or potato eyes) are layered with the potting mix, left in a sunny spot and watered as required. Equally, if the barrel hasn't got adequate drainage the compost may be too wet? Feed from the moment the first flowers appear and right through fruit set and as the fruits colour up. 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). 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. I suspect volcanic soil would be somewhat acidic due to the presence of elements like Sulpher. For people with very small gardens or just a patio or porch, growing potatoes in containers can be interesting and productive. Wonderful find, this website! I'd no idea that there was such a difference. In the UK, seed potatoes are often grown in Scotland where there seems to be less of a problem with disease etc, so it's easier to guarantee good, clean seed potatoes. I am confused. Thank you! Thanks, Patricia", "Hi Patricia. Potatoes grow from a seed potato: a section of potato that contains an "eye" that grows into a vine. I put seed potatoes in the bottom tire and filled in with a compost / soil mixture. Good luck with your crop - hope you get lots of spuds! The advantage of using seed potatoes is that they are guaranteed to be clear of any disease, and are primed to do really well. I saw no sign of spuds in the white root network. Growing Instructions: 1) Place the inner pot in the outer pot and half fill with a multi-purpose compost. Some varieties do seem to be better at growing in containers, so it may be that those are the ones that naturally set more tubers along the length of the hilled part of the stem. I understand that tomatoes are in the same family, so that also limits my choices. potato thing a try. Others worth seeking out are flavoursome ‘Lady Christl’, the appropriately named ‘Rocket’ and quirky, nutty-flavoured ‘Anya’. ", "thanx tom for the advice i have put my potatoes in now i wait for them to grow ", "I wonder if you can maximise the growing by succession, ie start with the earliest, then turf them out to start main crops and follow that with some late spuds for Christmas, all in the same containers and more or less the same compost? Don’t worry about the covered leaves dying, the plant will grow more. There are many different ways in which to grow the humble potato plant, each of them works very well. 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. Was it ok to dig it up? @Moira: Are you in the Massachusetts area? I will appreciate for those who continue this in future. I grow above ground in boxes made of cheap framing lumber 2x8's. Baby or new potatoes 3-4 seed potatoes will sit inside the 30 ltr bucket and will grow just fine. ", "Looking to grow potatoes in barrels or bags this year. Spring is a bit off at this point 6 Blue Danube Early Main Ericaceous Peat Free 6 18 2.7kg "As soon as the foliage begins to die down it’s time to tip out the contents of your container"", "Hi Ben, Thanks for supporting this discussion about hilling potatoes. Personally I wouldn’t be without my annual crop of spuds. ", "Yes, the plants are quite large ! These growing containers are lightweight, environmentally friendly, and made of fabric, so your potatoes get air as they grow. Thanks. The plants had stopped growing and were drying out when we harvested. There are a few things you’ll need, but getting started is easy. As a rule of thumb use 1 tuber for a 10 inch (25cm) wide container, 3 tubers in an 18 inch (40cm) container or 5 tubers for a dustbin sized container. I also found peat free gave better results than peat based compost. You can also apply a liquid feed (such as one made from seaweed concentrate) once the plants are growing strongly. I wasn't aware that some types of potatoes do not require hilling. ", "Hi Alan. It makes me think we could overcome that with a little ingenuity... straw mulch around and over the tires might help a lot. 3) Cover the potatoes Grow a bumper crop of delicious potatoes on your patio! ", "Thank you. ", "Thanks Mr Vanheems! That’s entirely up to you and partly governed by what variety you plant. Yes, use fresh soil/compost each year. They will flop over the sides of the container but you can keep them tidy by hemming them in with lines of string supporting by canes if this helps. Plants were started April 26. ", "Ben - Not all potato varieties necessarily flower, so it's worth digging down a bit to see if any tubers have formed. Like I have mentioned in the past I do feel we should NOT be promoting the use of tyres for this. I would stick to planting in a single layer. It certainly was frustrating to do all that work for no gain. mid spring) is an excellent time to start planting potatoes in pots. I worked so hard on these, I don't want to lose them and am quite worried, SO HOPING you can help ! Numerous people will probably be benefited out of your writing. They will be ready when plants start flowering or soon after - it depends on the variety you are growing. It won't burn the sprouts will it? Multipurpose compost works well, but I bulk this out (mainly to save money!) Tip it on its side and 'jump' the compost mix out gradually by flicking the bag and quickly yanking it back as you do so. It is possible to harvest one or two tubers while leaving the rest to grow on. Or is this just overthinking? ", "Hi Becky. The table below shows the initial planting conditions and the eventual yield. First and second early varieties work best and have the added advantage of being done and dusted before the ever-present threat of potato blight arrives on the scene later on in summer. ", "Hi Moira. My experience is that they just flop over without breaking. I filled them to 1/3 then planted 3 seed potatoes, another 1/3 on top then 3 more seed potatoes placed so that they weren't above the others then added the final 1/3 compost. Most of mine did not actually flower but eventually the greenery starts to wilt and it is harvest time. It seems to me that others may have been lucky and chosen a variety that would set extra tubers, whereas I was not lucky. The potatoes which grew appeared to be healthy and a good size, nothing appeared to be too dry, foliage was not wilted, etc. How will it effect the yield [if any]? 3 Charlotte 2nd Early Ericaceous Peat Free 6 16 2.5kg The process is the same as for normal new potatoes grown in containers. This year I have some extra peat moss and am wondering if I can use that as the hill material? A good mixture of potato fertilizer, I use Vitax q4, is mixed into the bottom 4" of compost and then just 2 seed potato's put on top and a further covering of 4" of compost. You can also add a couple of handfuls of organic fertiliser, such as chicken manure pellets, for good measure if you wish. Six different varieties of seed potato were used including one first early, one second early, two early main crop and two late main crop. Like the other methods, add a small layer of soil to the bottom, bury the potatoes, cover with soil and keep topping the level up as they grow. Place 1, 3 or 5 chitted seed potatoes on top of the compost, depending on the surface area of your containers. Can't wait to get rid of the piles of snow and get my hands in the dirt! Fungi can feed on organic matter - perhaps spores came in with the straw? Thank you so much for sharing your results. 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. Psst, take my paw and let me show you around! Daytime heating of roots is one reason why potatoes grown in above-ground containers may fail in warm summer climates. But as long as plants are growing strongly I wouldn't worry too much about the flowers. ", "Hi, we got a small yield before the plants pretty much died. If your potatoes have already grown up and flowered then it's now too late to earth them up. The size of the container will determine how many seed potatoes to use. That’s it, there is no need to follow up with the hilling process. Potatoes prefer a cooler climate and the conditions in Dubai would probably be far too hot to successfully grow them and achieve a meaningful crop. The foliage can grow to about 2ft (60cm) tall or more. Growing tips. Others are still green. Any good growing medium is satisfactory, including peat-free types. ", "Hi Steve. Grow potatoes in a bag Potatoes are top of the list of easy vegetables to grow, and if you don’t have space in the ground you can grow potatoes in bags or in a large container. I did get terribly discouraged, so now I am restored in my faith of the lowly potato :)", "Thanks Suzanne. This was soil mixed with builders rubble and other stones etc.. To my surprise they started to grow so I just nurtured them along. They have not flowered, although I spotted one nice baseball sized spud showing before I got it buried again. But having read a lot of worms, I added more compost and added compost. 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