There is nothing better than the freshness and taste of freshly harvested organic potatoes (potato lover speaking). Plant potatoes at home allow you to enjoy a greater variety and consume them at their point of maximum freshness. And it’s very simple, you only need a pot.
Not long ago we talked about all the requirements of growing potatoes, but in the case of planting them in pots or planters the methodology is somewhat different; By having less space, we need each potato plant to give us its maximum production, and for this, it needs some help. Here it goes.
Potato planters are specially designed to get the highest production of potatoes in the minimum possible space. A small patio, a balcony or a corner on the terrace in the garden are more than enough for a more than decent production.
What materials do you need?
- A potato planter or a textile pot of approximately 40 liters.
- The universal substrate or good compost.
- Organic potatoes.
7 steps to Know How to Plant Potatoes from Eyes
Place the potato tubers in an aerated and lighted place.
From February to mid-March, place the potato tubers that you want to plant in an aerated place with light, in this way they will germinate (use potatoes from organic farming, since they will not carry compounds that prevent or delay germination).
Choose the best buds.
At three weeks, choose the three tubers that have the largest buds.
Prepare the pot to plant the potatoes.
Unfold the bag, place it in a sunny place.
We add substrate and place the tubers.
Place a layer of about 30 cm of the universal substrate or compost (occupy about 1/3 of the bag) and place the sprouted tubers on top separated. Be sure to place them with the buds pointing up!
Finish covering the potatoes and water.
Cover it with a layer of substrate or compost and water until all the substrate is moist. It is important to simply cover them and do not fill with substrate up to the top of the pot. You will need this vertical space later.
We will always reuse as necessary to keep the soil always humid but avoiding water stagnations (for this the textile pots go very well since they drain to the perfection the excess of water). A flooded soil will only bring us problems of fungi and other diseases.
Trick: As the volume of the substrate of the pots is not usually very large, the water evaporates faster. A good practice is to use an organic mulch, such as straw, which will keep the soil moist for longer and its decomposition will provide nutrients to the plant.
We add substrate as the plant grows.
As the plant grows, apply more layers of substrate or compost, about 10 cm (nothing happens if you bury some leaves but you should always leave leaves at the top). In this way, the plant is forced to grow more vertically and to generate more roots and, therefore, more potatoes.
Start the harvest!
When it is time to harvest, you can dump the contents of the bag to collect them all or lift the side cover to go grabbing them one by one.
When to harvest the potatoes?
The potatoes will start to be ready when the plant comes in flower, you can check the quantity and size by opening the side cover to be more secure.
You see that planting potatoes at home is very simple, I did a couple of seasons that I included them in my urban garden and since then they are always a basic.
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