Just shows that you can learn something every day. Smart Pots, and after just 3-4 weeks the growth is well above the top of the container. Of course, growing out of the ground like this isn’t just for the chichi inclined. potato thing a try. Almost as important is what type of potato you grow in your container. 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. That’s entirely up to you and partly governed by what variety you plant. ", "Hi Moire. They are large plants when they get going, so don't worry if they're flopping over the rim of your containers and looking a bit gangly. Straightforward to grow and yielding buckets full of tubers, the potato crop is easily my most eagerly anticipated moment of the kitchen gardening year. Personally I wouldn’t be without my annual crop of spuds. Thanks for all this info! In my climate (UK) where it's usually cool and damp during the main growing period, potatoes often do well enough in containers, though again, never quite as well as those grown in the ground. Second earlies can be harvested when quite young, following flowering, or left to grow on all summer long to produce larger potatoes for storing. •Place the potato bag in a bright, frost free position, water regularly, and wait for your plants to grow. When I plant them, do I plant them with the sprouts facing up or down? However, as I say in the article, if you are thinning the compost out with garden soil to make it go further, or if you just want to make extra sure, there's certainly no harm in adding a general purpose organic fertiliser such as chicken manure pellets or blood, fish and bone to the compost/soil mix (make sure you mix it in well). But if you do decide to grow from seed, I would love to know how you get on. Lady Christl potatoes have beautiful, unblemished yellow skins and creamy white flesh. I live in Washington state and the weather has been rainy and cold with a few hot days here and there. Continue the process until they reach the top of the bag, then cut off the head of the plant. ", "Hi, maryG back...my 20 gallon bucket grew and now I've topped with mulch to wait for it to die off. Let us know how you get on with this season's potatoes. Thank you", "Carol M - I'd suggest simply supporting the foliage with chicken wire - I'm not sure there's any use in earthing the potatoes up further with straw. Once your potatoes are ready, tip the bag into a wheelbarrow for a quick, no-mess harvest. My problem is, the plants are growing like crazy and have exceeded the depth of their containers ! I used Humax multipurpose compost and added Morgans potato fertilizer as they grew. ", "This year I will be growing my spuds in 30ltr poly pots that can be bought off Ebay. Or might I consider a store bought bag? Thanks. Thank you! this year set up five grow bags with taters. Tansy is very invasive, but if controlled, better than a chemical. ", "I have potatoes growing in containers in the mid/north Welsh Marches (the border area between England and Wales) in this splendid summer. Punch holes in the base so excess water can drain away. Growing potatoes in bags has become increasingly popular over the past decade, as the ‘grow your own mentality’ has taken off among people across the UK. That’s the process of allowing them to ‘sprout’ prior to planting, to produce faster growth and heavier crops. In pots it can sometimes flop over the sides - this is perfectly normal. It would be nice to get a bigger crop next year. Unfortunately I filled the tubs yesterday with best Irish 100% Peat Compost (3x56litres for £10 from local veg shop - clearly not worried about me doing them out of business! ", "Hello Ben, I recently harvested my first ever crop of potatoes from containers about 18-20 inches high. Don’t obsess too much about this process – the idea is simply to keep the tubers fresh until you are ready to plant them. Have I convinced you yet? ", "Thanks Bob K for the info. ", "I find Rocky's comment interesting. ", "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'd love to know if there are varieties that can dependably form potatoes up the stem as they are hilled!! Red Cloud I used organic russets and last week planted three whites after allowing the cuts to heal for two days. It's really useful to see your results. ", "Hi Juls. I used good quality compost with blood/bone meal sprinkled on the seed and then just earthed up and watered and very happy.They say they are a salad potatoe but these are making lovely chips and roasties. However, I would avoid using it where you are growing potatoes and other members of the potato family - ie tomatoes and aubergines. The whole reason behind hilling is to create more soil volume for the tubers to grow in to, without turning green when they hit the light. It sounds like you are doing exactly the right thing there - so carry on as you are! Hostafan1 Posts: 26,195. Growing Food in Unusual Places. Potatoes can grow without being in a large plot of land or without any land at all. ANY ADVICE APPRECIATED,,,,,THANKS! But having read a lot of comments on this site I reckon I may be a bit short on the watering. Being able to pick up the container to judge their moisture content is so handy too. I sprayed some garden dust under the bucket and I'll have to hope they didn't eat my spuds. Thank you for any response. ", "Hi SteveP. Or have we done something wrong. This will avoid any pest and disease problems. ", "Hi Ben and Thanks, but I'm no pro, just love growing spuds on my lottie, mostly for taste. I've planted some in ericaceous and others in general purpose to see what happens. I have an old rabbit hutch and was wondering if this would be suitable to grow in?? However, in most instances this is probably verging on the side of over-engineering! Not sure what to do with this one, let the plants go for a bit or harvest my spuds now? ", "Hello Benedict, ", "We were able to find some old bee boxes at a re-use it center and are trying those out this year. ", "My 2nd earlies (Charlotte) produced 4.3kg from 2 bags which were 18" square and 24" deep, a very good harvest. No sign of potatoes yet. Is this too early, should I pinch back or prune back the top growth ?? Like Carol, one of my two plants is blooming. Late growers are harvested approximately 90 days or longer after planting. If they are small, wait a little bit longer. Red Pontiac I'll have see what happens when I turn the bucket over and get a look at the results. Harvesting potatoes grown in containers is relatively easy, easier probably than for potatoes grown in the open ground. Not sure if I should have fertilized better, used a different variety, or??? Automatic irrigation drip systems with timers utilising mini drippers and soaker hose also allow me to customize plant needs without much cost and very little daily maintainence. 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. Refill the hole with hummus.Plant spuds, usually about 5, 6" deep. 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. A typical dustbin-sized container would hold around four plants. Unroll the trash bag as the plants grow and continue to add compost and straw to keep them mostly covered. I would imagine peat-free is better as it is looser and wouldn't slump down as easily as perhaps peat-based composts might. Me a spud rookie too,but `i`ve just harvest my first of 5 bags(Pound Shop) of early Charlottes and am very happy with the results.Getting about 5lbs+ per bag and some are very big. Dig a hole in a sunny spot about 18" deep and as wide as the biggest trash/leaf bag you can find. Sounds like you're a potato pro! ", "Hi Ben. Incorporate plenty of organic matter to improve soil structure, moisture retention and to add essential nutrients to the soil. Indeterminate potatoes are classified as slow-growing and produce tubers all along the stem where soil exists. Good luck. ), By clicking 'Add Comment' you agree to our Terms and Conditions, "I have tried this in tires before, without success. My first experiment last year (see above) was at the same age, though I did not mention the fact! For a summer harvest plant potatoes in early spring. Regards, Roy Doran", "Roy Doran - isn't it a little early to be harvesting unless you actually want new potatoes? Good luck with your next crop of potatoes! Maris Piper and Arron Victory might be contenders but King Edward's disease resistance seems better. Marie E - The general rule surrounding harvesting of first early potatoes is to check the compost for potatoes once the first flowers appear, but the only real test is to feel for the potatoes. ", "Thanks so much for making this! 4 Charlotte 2nd Early Ericaceous Peat Based 6 16 1.8kg Thought? They were: Casablanca, Golden Nugget, Sharpe's Express, Maris Bard, Lady Christl, Jazzy, Vales Emerald and Charlotte. The first layer was good quality compost topped off at about 8 inches (total) and add some bone meal into the mix. You can indeed re-use the compost by adding it to bare ground or as a mulch around established plants. Perhaps some have started to re-grow because they think it's already spring! Many thanks for the kind words. ", "Hi, I"ve been reading up a little about 'hilling' potatoes. Sit the 4 seed potatoes on top of the potting mix or compost. ", "Hi Brian. It just goes to show that gardeners are always learning! The whiskey barrel-style containers sound very attractive. When your plants start to grow, and you add more soil, do you cover up the plant, or just underneath its head? But give it a few more days - they're pretty resilient and may be about to emerge. Each had 4 drainage holes made at ground level. 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. Give it a go and report back. Kind regards, Roy ", "Hi Steve. This mix is light and easy to work with. There are two types of potatoes for the potato grower; determinate and indeterminate. Should I fill the bags to the top, essentially hilling, or just roll down the sides once I’ve covered the tops once? Hopefully you'll have better luck next year. ", "Hi all, I live in the UK and am new to growing veg. As the plants grow they will produce tubers in upper layers of the soil, so there's really no need to double-up the layers. ", "Homebase are selling off 60 litre Flexitubs for £3.50 each. Good luck! ", "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. I saw no sign of spuds in the white root network. (Hons) Horticulture. By feeling about like this you will be able to prolong the period of eating, while allowing plants to grow on and swell those tubers that remain. My grow light is now quite old and probably not the best. The RHS recently conducted trials to ascertain the best varieties for growing this way. The mid-season varieties, such as 'Red Cloud', are harvested about 80 days after planting. When does it? I've got about 13 plants growing at different sizes, so hilling presents a problem as I'm trying not to bury the smaller plants. Next bags are Maris Peer seconds so touch wood,i hope these will be as good. The foliage can grow to about 2ft (60cm) tall or more. If you've seen any pests or beneficial insects in your garden in the past few days please report them to The Big Bug Hunt and help create a warning system to alert you when bugs are heading your way. All will be peat free, half will be ericaceous, half will be neutral compost. This post is having messages for almost 5 1/2 Years and still active. Curious, is that level of root development that common when growing potatoes in a container? Been doing that since we started, I find seed potatoes to be pricey. I use straw instead of "hilling up" the soil. Thank you. Barbara also gives the yields of each. 3 Charlotte 2nd Early Ericaceous Peat Free 6 16 2.5kg Am I overwatering, or is it time to dump the pots and gather the harvest? I don't believe I put in any fertilizer around my potatoes, so they might have been sorely lacking in nutrients. Potatoes grow from a seed potato: a section of potato that contains an "eye" that grows into a vine. One thing about the UK, we never know what the weather will be like! If the pail was white or very thin, then light could have got in to the root zone. It's also a lot better for the environment - peat locks in carbon and is home to a very complex habitat. I used organic compost and after the plants started growing I add some compost mixed with straw. I purchased my seed potatoes from a nursery, and they have a lot of white sprouts on them. Our dirt is full of worms, I figure that's a good sign. WHEN TO CHIT / SPROUT CHARLOTTE POTATOES We recommend that you start chitting / sprouting Charlotte potatoes in the third week of February. I'm nervous to start taring at the plant if it's still growing. Do you know what causes this and how can it be prevented from next years crop. I've not yet dug in to see if there are potatoes yet, as I've got my barrel surrounded by chicken wire because the deer like the foliage so much. Yes, I've read this too. Also do I add the fertilizer with both at first plant or later? Now in 2019 I did see a note in Maine Potato Lady that heirloom fingerling potatoes were suitable for potato growing bags because they would continually set new tubers throughout the season, which may or may not be the same factor we are discussing. If you use fresh multipurpose/general compost then you shouldn't need to add any plant food. Good luck with the peppers. The only thing I don't know is what kind of soil is best to plant them in. Brian. The only conclusion I can come too is that the root zone got very hot, which tends to make plants produce fewer tubers. This was soil mixed with builders rubble and other stones etc.. To my surprise they started to grow so I just nurtured them along. My question is about potatoes in containers: I planted seed potatoes, they grew, I covered them, they grew again, I covered them again, grew the third time and I covered the plants, but now its been a week or so and I don't see any growth coming up. ", "As this thread gives witness I am in my fourth year of growing potatoes. watered them every two or three times a week I did notice the skin was quite rough and they just boiled into mush and I didnt boil them to quick what are the best early spuds and Iwill give them a go I live in STIRLING central scotland", "Hi John. They are starting to bloom. 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