Planting Potatoes: When and How to Grow Potatoes

Written by James Puno

April 16, 2020

Planting TomatoesPlanting potatoes can be tricky if you don’t know when to plant them on your garden. Potatoes are among the commonly sought-after culinary staple in the world. In fact, they rank number 3 as the mostly grown crop on earth. While there’s a huge demand for potatoes, it’s one of the least grown vegetables on our backyards.

As a grower, you need to be careful when and how you grow your potatoes. Basically, they should be grown on a cool climate with sandy soil type for proper growth. In addition, they should be watched regularly to prevent sunburn.

Soil Preparation

As mentioned above, potatoes should be planted on sandy soil with acidic pH level. Prepare your soil prior to your planting schedule to make sure that it’s ready by the time you transplant your seedlings. Add animal manure or organic compost to the soil to make it rich in nutrients. Check the soil regularly to make sure that it provides the ideal growing environment for the potatoes.

Planting Potatoes

Potatoes can be grown on garden beds as well as in containers. If you’re planning on growing them in containers, make sure that you use large pots. You can also use tires or anything that can hold your growing medium. Don’t forget to put holes at the bottom so that it has a drainage system. Planting potatoes should be done at the right time. Make sure that you schedule your planting a week or two before the last frost. In doing so, you’ll be able to harvest good sized potatoes without having problems with the weather.



Plant your seed potatoes by digging holes on the soil. Don’t forget to make sure that they aren’t completely buried on the ground. They should be half-buried while you cover them with a mound on top. Place them at least one foot apart so that they won’t be crowded. Planting them too close to each other is not good for them as they are growing up. Also, make sure that the eye side is facing up.

Care

As the stems grow up, add soil to the mound to cover up the growing potatoes. Water them regularly to make sure that they don’t dry up. Normally, growers would water them once a week during the summertime. They don’t require regular watering when they are watered thoroughly. You can always tell if they are getting the right amount of water by looking at their leaves. Wilting leaves is a clear sign that they require water. You should also check for pests as they are growing up. Growers usually spot an infestation by checking on the leaves. When the leaves are turning yellow, then it’s a clear sign that they are under attack.

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