Can't wait to get rid of the piles of snow and get my hands in the dirt! (Hons) Horticulture. Irish potatoes can be grown in a small space and on a small scale in any kind of bag that holds at least two or three gallons of soil. I'm determined to grow potatoes this year. It makes me think we could overcome that with a little ingenuity... straw mulch around and over the tires might help a lot. 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? This post is having messages for almost 5 1/2 Years and still active. They are about 30 gallon size. No sign of foliage beginning to die down - which is the "time to harvest" indicator above red clay pot and realized after reading here I repotted the 2 in a 4 gal pot. Here’s how to plant your potato bags: •Fill an 8 litre potato bag with quality multipurpose compost to about 2.5cm (1") below the rim. ", "Hi Rocky. I have found that if you mix Alpaca poo with the compost for the spuds, it works a treat. The only problem is that potatoes left to re-grow like this may be more vulnerable to pest and disease buildup in the soil or compost. As the plants grow gently cover the shoots with more compost until the level is just below the top of the bag … The roots are so dense it's hard to dig. I bet it was the heat. I will appreciate for those who continue this in future. When your potatoes have grown about 8 inches, unfold the edge of the bag a bit and add 4 more inches of soil. Don’t count on it! The drilled PVC pipe trick works really well for strawberry planters though. 5 of the 8 bags contained ericaceous peat free compost. They are starting to bloom. I saw no sign of spuds in the white root network. What are your thoughts? Thanks. This can be from very early spring if you can offer some protection from frost, or mid spring if not. Or is this just overthinking? Indeterminate varieties produce tubers right along their root zone, rather than in one horizontal plane, so in theory they would be ideal for potato containers, bags and towers. There's no need to cut the tops off at all - just leave all foliage and flowers to grow. So why did I diligently plant them all with the sprouting bit; which I know full well is roots; pointing upwards? The main purpose is to test the yield of potatoes grown in bags using ericaceous compost. Another easy method is to cut off the top of a bag of compost. ", "How do you support the shoots once they're above the top of the bag? ", "Regarding the question earlier about common scab. ", "Really helpful and detailed information about growing potatoes there. We’re going to sprout them first – a process known as ‘chitting’ by the potato gurus. I hope this white roots yield some good spuds for you! The first layer was good quality compost topped off at about 8 inches (total) and add some bone meal into the mix. But this year is a first on growing potatoes. However, you may find you can harvest a few smaller, 'new' potatoes before that point. I believe that's quite challenging. How do I prevent this from happening again? If you feel a few decent-sized ones then you're good to go. This was the Cypriot red volcanic soil not like the U.K. so they were 'proper'. They sit on my back patio and get all early morning sun. Nice surprise. They won't have grown too much over a week. Thank you for your help I really do need it. It has been a very unusual summer indeed. 3 Charlotte 2nd Early Ericaceous Peat Free 6 16 2.5kg It could be down to a number of reasons. If they're very small, must leave the plant to grow on and check again in a few weeks. But the excellent crop was entirely at the bottom of the container. You can use straw to finish hilling up the potatoes. 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. ", "Hello all, They like Tansy better than potatoes apparently. Cut down the foliage as the leaves wither and yellow, and protect your spuds from frost by either covering your potato growing bags with a thick layer of straw or moving them into your shed or greenhouse. I'm not sure on that one. I do spot-check them now and then, tossing a little soil over any exposed potatoes. Thanks again~ Best Regards, Susi", "Hi Susi. Harvest times vary depending on the growing season and how big you want your potatoes to be. I grow above ground in boxes made of cheap framing lumber 2x8's. Start by perhaps feeling for the spuds with your hands. Wonderful find, this website! this year set up five grow bags with taters. About 10 litres per potato is correct. Cover with another 8-10cm of compost and water well. Plant 2 tubers in an inside-out compost bag or extra thick bin liners in the greenhouse in February or March (or in August if you want potatoes for Christmas), without bothering to chit. But, sure enough, now I see so many leftover volunteers from last year looking really healthy. ", "Hi Brian No side shoots. It is the yield per bag that matters. If I am going to grow just one main crop variety I need a good all rounder for cooking. I am confused. I fed them with special potato plant food when I laid them in and I think that served very well for their growth. Any advice would be appreciated. 1 Swift 1st Early Ericaceous Peat Free 6 10 1kg A simple bag can provide ample growing room for an abundant potato harvest. Thanx Ben i was confused as this sack thing is a big thing here in Zimbabwe. Indeterminate varieties are preferred for bag growing so the yield is worth the the effort. The only conclusion I can come too is that the root zone got very hot, which tends to make plants produce fewer tubers. I put seed potatoes in the bottom tire and filled in with a compost / soil mixture. I have tried the grow and top up method, this worked much better. At the end of the season, I allow the tub mix to compost over the winter, then add more dirt and sand to use as permanent fill for tubs to be used for peppers and kitchen herbs. Hi GardenGroupie. I would prefer to plant potatoes in it but would be grateful for any advice if you think it would be better for something else. I unfortunately planted 2 the [whole] potatoes in a med sized [1 gal.] ", "Hi Marty. This years - Bute - have flowered heavily and are now growing fruit. :)", "Hi Becky. After working in a specialist plantsman's nursery, and later, as a consulting arboriculturalist, I joined Thompson & Morgan in 2008. As well, Thanks for all this info! If they are small, wait a little bit longer. ", "hi, im wondering if it too late to start growing potatoes at this time. Sounds like you've got a good system there for your potatoes. ", "Hello. I use a masons cement mixer to ensure an even mix. Plant in the bottom of the bag, adding compost as the plants grows. Both times from potatoes bought for food that chitted before cooking. Thanks in advance! ", "Sounds interesting...potatoes in containers. ave done now. I went away for four days, came back and there they were. You can see my results if you check out my blog page at http://chuffa.wordpress.com if you or anyone wishes to. Is this typical? Thanks again. The best way of serving them? ", "I say...stick 'em in the ground and see what happens. In the same buckets I have just sown 1 Charlotte seed ready for Christmas so will watch the watering - its much easier to check watering as you can pick them up. 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. 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. 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. Container spuds are also great fun for the kids. For the effort involved I don't think it was worth growing Swift so will concentrate on 2nd earlies and main crop, 4 bags of the former and 8 of the latter. Question....clarity on the suggestion to cut the tops/flowers of the plants. Can you successfully transplant like this with good results? The compost/potting soil needs to be kept moist but never overly wet, which can cause plants to rot and encourage pests such as slugs. I've got several varieties ('Rose Finn Apple'...'German Butterball'...'Princess Laratte') growing in 15 and 20-gal. The same applies to maincrop potatoes. Or plant in August/September for Christmas new potatoes, also called Second Cropping Potatoes. I start with one box layer and end up with 3 layers. ", "Ben. 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). Plants and gardens have always been a big part of my life. Don’t obsess too much about this process – the idea is simply to keep the tubers fresh until you are ready to plant them. "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. ", "Hi all from Mass, I started my potato container late May in 20 gal buckets. Stake a trash bag, bottom slit open, over the hole. Then, spread the potatoes evenly across the surface and add an additional 3 inches of soil mix on top. ", "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. If you use fresh multipurpose/general compost then you shouldn't need to add any plant food. ", "Hi Ben. Green Mountain When the shoots reach 20cm tall, use a rake, hoe or spade to mound soil up around the bases of the shoots, covering the stems half way. You could give it a try, but I suspect you wouldn't get any potatoes this way and the plants may collapse/become infected with something beforehand anyhow. Last year i was growing the potatoes but the crop was not comes good and it not reach the enough water and my all potatoes was killed. To chit your seed potatoes, lay them out in a cool, bright, frost free position (10C/ 50F). In the 2nd box, most of the plants flowered and died down, but some have started growing again and it's early September. I sprayed some garden dust under the bucket and I'll have to hope they didn't eat my spuds. Any advice? 8 Sarpo Axona Late Main Ericaceous Peat Free 6 20 1.1kg ", "Hi, I"ve been reading up a little about 'hilling' potatoes. The foliage is likely to be very spindly and yellowed, and the plant may really struggle. I suspect volcanic soil would be somewhat acidic due to the presence of elements like Sulpher. I would be inclined to hill up your potato plants as you planned and as advised in the article. I have definitely not harvested them too early. I used Humax multipurpose compost and added Morgans potato fertilizer as they grew. If, like some have observed, you have tubers only in the bottom area of the plant, you have planted a determinate variety. We successfully raised Lady Christl, Anya and Charlotte potatoes grown in bin bags at the Secret Garden Club. Sadly the potato fruits are reported as inedible due to presence of the green toxic compound you sometimes get (at non-poisonous levels) in tubers. I used organic compost and after the plants started growing I add some compost mixed with straw. ", "Hi Alan. You mention the fact you re-buried a baseball-sized spud (a cricket ball if you're growing them in the UK here! ", "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. As a rough guide each potato plant needs about 10 litres, that’s just over 2.5 US gallons, to grow into. ", "I was told to plant tansy near potatoes to deter the Colorado Potato Beetle. I'd only support the stems from an aesthetic point of view - but they don't actually need it. Red Cloud (We won't display this on the website or use it for marketing), (Please enter the code above to help prevent spam on this article), How to Make the Best Potting Mix for Starting Seeds, Weird or Wonderful? So much information! Take them out of their nets/bags and lay them in trays so the 'eyes' where the shoots will appear are facing upwards. They also start growing very quickly indeed once the conditions are suitable, ensuring a guaranteed crop in most cases. Katahdin Good luck with the peppers. Any suggestions will help, Thanks. The solution for many space-starved gardeners is to grow their potatoes in containers, and not just pots but sacks, stacked tyres, old compost bags, the kitchen sink – you name it. GardenGroupie - potatoes are very prolific - so yes, they can put on prodigious root growth! 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. Spring is a bit off at this point Just bought 10 view spuds", "Ben, your advice would be appreciated. And good luck! ", "Hi Manomano. Feed as per instructions on the container - but usually once a week, diluted in water and watered on. I grew using ericaceous compost this year and so far it has been a success. I've tried a small red potato grown in the Klamath Valley in Oregon because they are so tasty. ", "Hi Vicki. Butte Love those German Butterballs! They were: Casablanca, Golden Nugget, Sharpe's Express, Maris Bard, Lady Christl, Jazzy, Vales Emerald and Charlotte. Because it is inexpensive, simple, and interesting, growing potatoes in a bag is a method often used by teachers in school gardening classes. Will it work or you need to hill 4 inch a time waiting for the leaves to show up and grow taller? Will they produce potatoes?QG9Q8", "Where can I find an answer to my potato query above please. Where space is limited, try growing potatoes in potato bags on the patio. There is one point I'm confused about though. The vine uses only a portion of the nutrients found in the soil and the excess food causes the thick roots to grow into the tubers harvested at the end of the growing season. ", "im trying to grow potatoes in bag for the first time,should i use some type of food to help them grow. Thank you so much for sharing your results. vegetables. Make sure the pots are kept well watered in dry weather too - and equally, don't let them get sodden (make sure they've adequate drainage holes in the base). My growing site was a gravel driveway, which was impossible to cultivate, so in certain adverse situations it would be very helpful to find a work around that makes tire growing possible. ", "This is my 5th year growing in mineral supplement tubs discarded by local cattle farmers. That said, there's no harm in trying (I have done so in the past). Didn't have much success. Common scab is, unfortunately, a common problem of potatoes. Plant them as above, then lift them later on in autumn/fall. Like no dig gardening , it is also far less labor intensive than other methods. Is that normal? Thank you", "Hi Ronald. This was not just by yield but the size of the tubers as well. Do they have to sprout before planting! When i removed the potatoes they were green Why? As an adult, I trained at Writtle College where I received my degree, BSc. I religiously put 4 in soil then the seeds then another 4in then each time the foliage reached 8in added another 4in of soil. now, I want to use your formula. For a summer harvest plant potatoes in early spring. 6 Replies 1513 Views July 17, 2009, 08:28 by hectic : charlotte potatoes Started by sprinkler1 on Grow Your Own. 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. Thanks so much! Thanks for prompt reply! I'd probably look to harvest those spuds now. Here’s everything you need to know about growing potatoes using this easy, space-saving method. But for this review, we’ll focus on the grow bags specially designed for growing potatoes. Expert comment welcome! Where to find free burlap bags from local cafes or coffee shops, or perhaps … I can't put up web links in the comments section here, but any online search for 'indeterminate potatoes' will throw up a list of suitable varieties. Elba The plant is dying from the bottom of the leaves, as expected. Also, we re-use our potatoes from last year. What You'll Need on Planting Day . ", "I was in Cyprus 1995-1999 and put some sprouting shop bought potatoes into the (rich) soil at the back of our house. ", "Ben - Not all potato varieties necessarily flower, so it's worth digging down a bit to see if any tubers have formed. I'm nervous to start taring at the plant if it's still growing. As I said this is my first time with potatoes! Cover your potatoes with plenty of soil to prevent them from turning green. I have been growing potatoes for over 30 years and have done nothing different except use a new brand of potato fertiliser, perhaps I over did this to cause the excessive top growth? ", "Hi Moire. Also do I add the fertilizer with both at first plant or later? Growing potatoes in bags is ideal for small gardens or patios. Maris Piper and Arron Victory might be contenders but King Edward's disease resistance seems better. Nevertheless, in the spirit of scientific enquiry it's definitely worth an investigation, and it will be fascinating to learn of your results - please do share them with us. Another thing you say when you add more soil to add it around the plant and not cover it up but my local garden centre said completely cover as you add soil. It’s the epitome of the grow-your-own experience, an irresistible representation of everything that’s wholesome about growing good food at home. Eight polypropylene bags were used each measuring 18” square and 24” deep. Potatoes can grow without being in a large plot of land or without any land at all. When I plant them, do I plant them with the sprouts facing up or down? Vine weevils are quite common in containerised plants. Thanks....", "thank you for the help growing potatoes im going to continue to grow potatoes and other vegetables next year. Of course, growing out of the ground like this isn’t just for the chichi inclined. Barbara Pleasant gives an excellent overview of her experiences of growing in tires, containers and other out-of-ground methods vs in-ground potatoes. Seed potatoes are ready to plant when the chits reach 25mm (1") in length, and should always be planted with the rose end facing up. After leaving my reply to you I did a bit of a read up on determinate vs indeterminate potatoes. I would mix garden soil, straw, composted manure and composted leaves to have a light mixture around the green stems and hill up with that. The table below shows the initial planting conditions and the eventual yield. Haven't had an issue. The confusion is probably down to me I'm afraid! They will all be treated the same, so we will see what difference growing medium and for one, the number of tubers, makes. I was concerned maybe they grew too much and that my potatoes would be ruined by so much greenery being exposed to sunlight. I'd suggest giving these a go next year. Go to any good plant nursery/gardening centre and you can find them for sale. Just coming in on this a bit late, having been on holiday recently. Harvesting potatoes grown in containers is relatively easy, easier probably than for potatoes grown in the open ground. Always earth up just a few inches at a time until you reach the top of your container. 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