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Growing potatoes quick reference guide

Growing Potatoes Guide

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.

Quick Reference Guide

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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Vegetable Potato
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
Planting Method Tuber
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 icon, 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.

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