The quick reference guide below is relevant for growing potatoes by any method you choose, you don't need a huge garden. Growing potatoes in bags, tires, straw-bales are but a few ways for the home gardener with a small area to enjoy the fresher, more flavorful taste of home grown potatoes.
The growing potatoes quick reference guide below is designed as a quick overview of growing potatoes. For more details on the different stages from seed to harvest go to the related pages link.
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|Veggie Garden Dairy|
|Also Known As||Irish potato|
|Botanical||Family - Solanaceae, Genus - Solanum, Species - S. tuberosum|
|Plant Type||Cool season - tender perennial - root vegetable|
|Frost Tolerance||Semi Hardy|
|Planting Position||Sunny position - Will do alright in partial shade, but you'll have to wait longer for a full crop. They require a minimum of 4-6 hours of direct sunlight daily.|
|Seed Viability||1 year|
|Germination||10-14 days to sprout at 70-75 F (21-24 C)|
|Growing Temp||55-75 F (13-24 C)|
|Seed to Transplant||If green sprouting or chitting before planting 2-3 weeks|
|When to Plant||Spring|
|Time to Plant||As early as 1 - 2 weeks before the average date of the last 32 F (0 C) freeze in the spring in your area but not before soil temperatures are consistently above 50 F (10C)|
|Seed Sowing||Plant tubers only|
|Plant Spacing||Plant tubers or tuber pieces - 10-12 inches (25-30 cm) apart in rows 24-36 inches (60-90 cm) apart - cover with 4-6 inch (10-15 cm) of soil.|
|Soil Conditions||Well drained - High organic matter - Medium fertility|
|Fertilizer||Medium fertilizer needs, 3-4 quarts per 100 sq feet (3.3-4.4 liters per 9.3 square meters) preplanting of All-Purpose 5-5-5 Organic Fertilizer , same rate for each side dressing.|
|When to Fertilize||2 weeks before planting - side-dress at 1st sign of flowering.|
|Days to Harvest||80-120 days - depending on conditions and variety.|