Haven't had an issue. It is the yield per bag that matters. I can't keep any bulbs in the ground ever! I did get terribly discouraged, so now I am restored in my faith of the lowly potato :)", "Thanks Suzanne. (Hons) Horticulture. 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. Actively growing plants will also benefit from a couple of liquid feeds during their growing time; use a balanced organic fertiliser such as seaweed extract. I have tried the grow and top up method, this worked much better. So why did I diligently plant them all with the sprouting bit; which I know full well is roots; pointing upwards? Sit the 4 seed potatoes on top of the potting mix or compost. I am in Michigan and have been growing 2 reds for about 2 months. Container style in a whiskey barrel. I am really excited to try some new varieties now. As a rough guide each potato plant needs about 10 litres, that’s just over 2.5 US gallons, to grow into. Thanks!! I have two grow-lights pointed at other various plants in southern window (for experimenting); they’re not thriving, but everything’s still growing and some a bit leggy.....even the mint plant, but at least it looks lacey and beautiful;) ", "Which grow light bulbs do you recommend? Fill an 8 litre potato bag to just below the top of the bag with good quality compost mixed with some well rotted manure. ", "I grew Charlotte and Lady Christl early potatoes in bags and large pots this year. Will they produce potatoes?QG9Q8", "Where can I find an answer to my potato query above please. I finally found the dark purple potatoes that I love at the store and I am going to stick them into egg containers right now :D I did not know about the layering of soil and I think I will try a little soil and a little straw as another person commented...it should work because I have seen where people use straw bails to plant them in too..", "That's brilliant Leah. Just take care not to disturb the compost too much as you feel around for the tubers. My favorite is the German Butterball. ", "Hi Ronald. An eruption of lush foliage, courtesy of a few carefully positioned pots, can even become a feature, particularly on the patio where they would make the perfect foil for showier specimens. We started growing potatoes 3-4 years ago and I wouldn't consider planting without them. I'm not sure what the weather has been like where you are, but assuming you've had the same hot summer I've had, then you may expect container/sack-grown potatoes to underperform this year. It's important your potatoes get enough sunshine to really thrive. 3 Charlotte 2nd Early Ericaceous Peat Free 6 16 2.5kg I fed them with special potato plant food when I laid them in and I think that served very well for their growth. This may be the reason they haven't come up further. Red Cloud It's great to carry out trials like this and see first-hand what works best. ", "This year I will be growing my spuds in 30ltr poly pots that can be bought off Ebay. If, like some have observed, you have tubers only in the bottom area of the plant, you have planted a determinate variety. I purchased my seed potatoes from a nursery, and they have a lot of white sprouts on them. Expert comment welcome! ", "Hi Marcie. I would say there's no benefit to cutting the flowers off the plants. My absolute preference is firm new potatoes served steaming hot with a curl of butter sliding over them, all topped with a generous sprinkling of garden-grown parsley. ", "Hi Carla. You can also apply a liquid feed (such as one made from seaweed concentrate) once the plants are growing strongly. My first experiment last year (see above) was at the same age, though I did not mention the fact! I've written a short blog post about my experiences with growing potatoes in bags: Curious, is that level of root development that common when growing potatoes in a container? As soon as the foliage begins to die down it’s time to tip out the contents of your container and gather the stragglers. Katahdin Unless you could somehow provide a cooler growing environment. Barbara Pleasant gives an excellent overview of her experiences of growing in tires, containers and other out-of-ground methods vs in-ground potatoes. Good luck with it. Salad potatoes tend to do well in containers or bags. ", "Can you use small red potatoes from the store? The RHS recently conducted trials to ascertain the best varieties for growing this way. Thanks so much! Regardless of my height of mulch and healthy growth, as others have said I did not have any additional potatoes form above the bottom layer. Thank you Ben. If growing in soil then avoid areas that have been recently limed, remember potatoes prefer a pH around 5.5 to 6.00 which avoids scab developing. Next bags are Maris Peer seconds so touch wood,i hope these will be as good. Brian. In fact, during the Second World War people often cut larger seed potatoes in half or even smaller divisions to make them go further. My garden is large, but I only have one more area that I can move it. Indeterminate potatoes are classified as slow-growing and produce tubers all along the stem where soil exists. They seemed to do fine except they had not read the book about multi layers when I earthed up. When is the best time to start planting potatoes in pots? ", "I have 5 whiskey barrels full of potatoes. It shouldn't be too heavy - compost/potting soil is ideal. Many thanks for the kind words. Then, spread the potatoes evenly across the surface and add an additional 3 inches of soil mix on top. 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? You could also use the compost in raised beds or for containers of quick-growing salads - just be sure to mix in a boost of organic fertiliser before sowing/planting. The confusion is probably down to me I'm afraid! I'd probably look to harvest those spuds now. Post navigation growing christmas potatoes. This was soil mixed with builders rubble and other stones etc.. To my surprise they started to grow so I just nurtured them along. Keep on feeding them! ", "Hi Carol. Few blogs that actually have help for novices.really good for vegetable ", "Thank Benedict. You should get between 5lb and 10lb per pot, but this does depend on weather, watering and feeding. Question....clarity on the suggestion to cut the tops/flowers of the plants. Peppers need regularly feeding with a high-potash feed (one labelled for tomatoes would be fine). I add a second tub with its bottom cut out, which is pushed down into the mix about 4" and is back-filled in the same manner as the bottom tub. No sign of potatoes yet. Wish I'd seen the root area hot advice earlier. Simply check the size of the tubers occasionally until they reach the desired size. I've had three types of peppers growing since June and I'm just now seeing small peppers popping up on what I thought would be a bust. 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. You can also add a couple of handfuls of organic fertiliser, such as chicken manure pellets, for good measure if you wish. 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. It doesn't burn the spuds and can be put straight onto crops without the need of it having to be stored and rot down. Love those German Butterballs! As the shoots grow continue to add further layers of potting medium until you reach within a whisker of the rim of the container. Red Maria 9 Replies If you succeed with your spuds, you will be blown away by how tasty they are! I'd be inclined to very carefully expose the compost of one of the grow bags then. I'd root around in the compost to see if any potatoes have formed - they may be some already formed under there. ", "Hi Barb. I'm not entirely sure why this has happened. ", "Hi MaryG. But if they are growing again you may as well let them grow on to see what you get. Tansy is very invasive, but if controlled, better than a chemical. Otherwise I'm not sure. You might want to give Barbara's article on '3 Shopping Tips for Plant Grow Lights' a read - you can search for it in the search field at the top of this page. My question is about planting whole potatoes vs cut? The e-mail does not appear to be correct. Small crops of potatoes can also be grown in large, deep containers, and this is a good way of getting an early batch of new potatoes. ", "I am sadiya.Most garden blogs are about Bloom Days and other titles where they mostly post pictures. It could be down to a number of reasons. Tyres can leach heavy metals like cadmium into the soil overtime and potatoes are known to suck up cadmium. Provided that each piece has an eye or two for the new growth to develop, these tuber divisions will still crop well. The best way of serving them? Determinate potatoes are considered fast-growing and produce tubers at the soil depth just above where the seed was planted. The stems and leaves are very tall, bushy and heavy. Where would I find seed fingerlings ? Yes, Melanie is right - you 'earth up' by adding your compost/soil (or straw)so that just the top couple of inches of foliage is poking out. Good luck to all on their garden endeavors. •Feed potato plants every other week with potato fertiliser and water the bags whenever the compost shows signs of drying out. So yes, four per dustbin (or up to, say, five) would probably be the limit, but the extra 'room' for the tubers will result in a bigger-than-average harvest. Prepare the soil for open ground beds in November or December in the year prior to growing second early potato crops. Regards, Roy. What could be better than unearthing handsome nuggets of potato from a chocolate-brown soil? After working in a specialist plantsman's nursery, and later, as a consulting arboriculturalist, I joined Thompson & Morgan in 2008. ", "David a better analogy would be that your flowers now have small tomatoes growing on them, potatoes and tomatoes being closely related. Thank you for your help I really do need it. Charlotte is the classic salad potato that sets the standard for all other potatoes in this category. ", "Hi Ben and Thanks, but I'm no pro, just love growing spuds on my lottie, mostly for taste. But this year is a first on growing potatoes. Thought that might be the case. You want to leave a bit of leafy growth for the stems to carry on growing, otherwise you'll smother the plants. also, this year's crop comes from leftovers from last year that I used as seeds, seems to be OK.", "Hi Bob. After reading the posts about determinate/indeterminate potato varieties, I realized I have ordered Yukon Gold seed potatoes which are apparently the determinate type. In a warm summer the black exterior of the tires would heat up quite a lot, effectively dissuading potatoes from setting tubers as they overheat. Will this happen soon? Not sure if I should have fertilized better, used a different variety, or??? ", "Sounds interesting...potatoes in containers. 5 Sarpo Kifli Early Main General Peat Free 3 18 1.8kg Add some additional drainage material such as crocks or broken up polystyrene to the base of your container then fill with about 10cm (4in) of your growing medium. As the vine grows, the plant produces thick roots. I'd pick them off to avoid sapping too much energy from the potatoes, though I don't think they'd do that much harm to them in the grand scale of things. Smart Pots, and after just 3-4 weeks the growth is well above the top of the container. ~ Patricia ", "Hi Patricia. Don’t count on it! ", "My leggy tub potato plants are being propped up with wire netting but no sign of flowers yet. So long as you get the stem bit pointing up, you'll be fine. However, you may find you can harvest a few smaller, 'new' potatoes before that point. ", "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? I dug up this little red spud [not even the size of an egg] and it's 1/2 green where the bite is. 5 of the 8 bags contained ericaceous peat free compost. ", "I am a newbie gardener! The first layer was good quality compost topped off at about 8 inches (total) and add some bone meal into the mix. Potatoes like full sun (on all sides) and I fear they just wouldn't amount to much. That's brilliant. 6 Replies 1513 Views July 17, 2009, 08:28 by hectic : charlotte potatoes Started by sprinkler1 on Grow Your Own. One bag of Charlotte is in ericaceous peat free, one in peat based ericaceous. Cover your potatoes with plenty of soil to prevent them from turning green. Here's hoping for some rain for the both of us! I'm determined to grow potatoes this year. ", "determinate potatoes will develop tubers at one level, regardless of hilling, although hilling allows the plant to set more roots and therefore extract more nutrients for growth and development. In the past, growing potatoes in bags has always involved the traditional 'earthing up' process – planting your spuds in minimal compost at the bottom of the bag and adding more as the plant grows. The problem that I have encountered is the top growth has been unbelievable, with masses of greenery, and the actual crop has been few and small, all tops and little bottoms. I am going to be careful for brussels. This year's still chitting - except OH roasted half of them with the duck. Thanks in advance! 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