Eight varieties gave particularly good results, earning them RHS Awards of Garden Merit (AGMs). Can I add more soil or straw using chicken wire at the top of the barrels to help support them? I was never a big spud fan....until I grew my own, they are fantastic. If growing in soil then avoid areas that have been recently limed, remember potatoes prefer a pH around 5.5 to 6.00 which avoids scab developing. Now wait for two weeks before harvesting your potatoes so that the skins will have time to set properly. Fill the planter to approximately 20cm with your multi-purpose compost or top soil/compost mix. Anyone growing there Charlotte potatoes in the grow bags provided in the gardeners world offer. You may find that the tubers are still growing, so your extra compost may yet pay off! ", "Hi Carol. They have not budded yet. They are generally prepared to sell them for about 10p each - just drill drainage holes in the bottom. Or is this just overthinking? You want to leave a bit of leafy growth for the stems to carry on growing, otherwise you'll smother the plants. This time I'll be a bit more patient and wait for harvest time instead of picking around the edges for new potatoes. ", "Ben. ", "Like Carol M above, I am in the pacific northwest, Victoria BC. Use the table below as a guide to when to plant your potatoes, and do take a look at our potato selector guide to help you decide which varieties will best suit your needs. This may be the reason they haven't come up further. No, I am in the UK. 8 Sarpo Axona Late Main Ericaceous Peat Free 6 20 1.1kg I wasn't aware that some types of potatoes do not require hilling. As ever from shop bought spuds that have sprouted in storage. 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). That's brilliant. But this year is a first on growing potatoes. A reliable, tried-and-tested method is to arrange them in empty egg boxes or seed trays. All four have out grown their containers by 5-7 inches or so. ", "Hi Alan. It doesn't burn the spuds and can be put straight onto crops without the need of it having to be stored and rot down. Perhaps some have started to re-grow because they think it's already spring! http://learnlandscape.com/container-growing-landscape-design-idea", "I have had a problem with common scab on my potatoes. Mine is still splendid though I probably planted later than you. Common scab is, unfortunately, a common problem of potatoes. ", "Hi Barb. Curious, is that level of root development that common when growing potatoes in a container? 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. However, I would avoid using it where you are growing potatoes and other members of the potato family - ie tomatoes and aubergines. After it flowered (at least one of the many branches did), I've noticed some purple tips and vines have a slightly green/brown tint. ", "Hi Patricia. Soil: The regular Grow Bag holds 50 quarts; the Jumbo holds about 120 quarts.If you like to use your own fertilizer, we recommend our Potting Mix or Organic Potting Mix. ", "Hello Ben, Thank you ", "Hi Steve. Some varieties do seem to be better at growing in containers, so it may be that those are the ones that naturally set more tubers along the length of the hilled part of the stem. Do they need to flower for the potatoes to grow? The best way of serving them? ", "I'm assuming your in the Northern Hemisphere Vicki? Given its vigour the humble potato is happy to call just about anywhere home, so long as a few basic rules are followed. In the 2nd box, most of the plants flowered and died down, but some have started growing again and it's early September. But watering to keep the compost moist is crucial. indeterminates, like some tomatoes, will continue to create "fruit" as they grow, therefore hilling is more important for an increased yield. Good luck to all on their garden endeavors. Also, can I feed it once the peppers have actually started to develop? ", "I tried growing potatoes in containers this year (really large pots). Seed potatoes: You can buy them from us or provide your own. My favorite is the German Butterball. There is one point I'm confused about though. ", "Hi Juls. Be on hand to water plants as they grow and particularly once the foliage has filled out. Soil preparation for second early seed potatoes. Here's hoping for some rain for the both of us! Any advice? The RHS recently conducted trials to ascertain the best varieties for growing this way. ", "My leggy tub potato plants are being propped up with wire netting but no sign of flowers yet. also, this year's crop comes from leftovers from last year that I used as seeds, seems to be OK.", "Hi Bob. ", "I was told to plant tansy near potatoes to deter the Colorado Potato Beetle. Straightforward to grow and yielding buckets full of tubers, the potato crop is easily my most eagerly anticipated moment of the kitchen gardening year. Cover with another 10cm (4in) layer of growing medium then sit back and wait. Salad potatoes work especially well and I love the variety ‘Charlotte’ for its firm-yet-creamy, oval tubers. I am really excited to try some new varieties now. Where space is limited, try growing potatoes in potato bags on the patio. ", "Yes, the list you provided gave some good varieties. ANY ADVICE APPRECIATED,,,,,THANKS! Sit the 4 seed potatoes on top of the potting mix or compost. ", "Hello all, Any suggestions will help, Thanks. Strawberry Paw Plants and gardens have always been a big part of my life. Is this too early, should I pinch back or prune back the top growth ?? Another easy method is to cut off the top of a bag of compost. ", "Thanks for the clarification Nick, that's appreciated. ", "Hi Toney. I will appreciate for those who continue this in future. Remember to water and feed once or twice with your liquid feed. I used Humax multipurpose compost and added Morgans potato fertilizer as they grew. They will all be treated the same, so we will see what difference growing medium and for one, the number of tubers, makes. ave done now. Growing on a 1st floor patio with high parapet wall - could have put pots themselves in shade. Don’t worry, there aren’t many of these. I'd no idea that there was such a difference. Yes, I had lower yields per plant than I would have from growing in the ground but that misses the point. I unfortunately planted 2 the [whole] potatoes in a med sized [1 gal.] Provided that each piece has an eye or two for the new growth to develop, these tuber divisions will still crop well. ", "This year I will be growing my spuds in 30ltr poly pots that can be bought off Ebay. I would suggest that you use fresh compost for the next time you grow potatoes. Smart Pots, and after just 3-4 weeks the growth is well above the top of the container. ", "Hi Manomano. 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. They are growing fast and tall. I've gotten lots of potatoes for several years. please follow this link There are a number of scab-resistant varieties of potato available (eg 'Sante' and 'Hermes') so grow these next year. Selecting an indeterminate variety also would be logical! You’ll notice the immature shoots sprout from one end of the potato – called the rose end. You can feel for the potatoes by very carefully rummaging around in the compost and checking to see if they are ready. In the UK, seed potatoes are often grown in Scotland where there seems to be less of a problem with disease etc, so it's easier to guarantee good, clean seed 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. 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. The real secret to good potatoes with this method is to keep the containers well watered so the foliage never flops and the plants never struggle. I'd pick them off to avoid sapping too much energy from the potatoes, though I don't think they'd do that much harm to them in the grand scale of things. Regarding whole versus cut potatoes, you can cut up larger seed potatoes, so long as they have at least two 'eyes' - which will become the shoots from which the foliage grows. I would be inclined to hill up your potato plants as you planned and as advised in the article. ", "Hi Carla. The tubs are nice as I can control PH for plants like blueberries by simply making changes to the mix. You mention the fact you re-buried a baseball-sized spud (a cricket ball if you're growing them in the UK here! Though I have never tried this myself. They were: Casablanca, Golden Nugget, Sharpe's Express, Maris Bard, Lady Christl, Jazzy, Vales Emerald and Charlotte. Seed potatoes, in the UK at least, are out for sale right now. It is the yield per bag that matters. Thanks....", "thank you for the help growing potatoes im going to continue to grow potatoes and other vegetables next year. ", "Grateful for this resource, so thank you ! Potatoes like full sun (on all sides) and I fear they just wouldn't amount to much. So much information! My grow light is now quite old and probably not the best. I used organic russets and last week planted three whites after allowing the cuts to heal for two days. If on the other hand the container has no drainage holes then I'd suggest it's not too late to carefully unearth the seed potatoes, add holes and additional drainage, then replant. ", "No problem Roy. Don't cut off any of the top growth - leave this intact. It sounds like you are doing exactly the right thing there - so carry on as you are! I finally found the dark purple potatoes that I love at the store and I am going to stick them into egg containers right now :D I did not know about the layering of soil and I think I will try a little soil and a little straw as another person commented...it should work because I have seen where people use straw bails to plant them in too..", "That's brilliant Leah. Let us all know how you get on with your spuds! But while some gardeners continue to swear by the ‘old school’ method, recent trials here at Thompson and Morgan show it’s not necessary as long as you make sure your spuds are protected from the sunlight by the soil and foliage. I'm not sure why they are wilting - it could be down to dry compost (this can happen even if it's been raining - push your hand into the compost to check if it's dry or not). :) ", "@MaryG. gardening.http://learnlandscape.com/container-growing-landscape-design-idea also has a good blog for growing ~ Patricia ", "Hi Patricia. Now you know everything you need to grow your own delicious potatoes in bags. of compost and roll the top of the bag down. Do I need them to flower before hoping to start harvesting? Our dirt is full of worms, I figure that's a good sign. Now (i.e. The growth has been amazing, and I 'hilled up' as the vines grew, until there was no more room. You need to leave about an inch or two uncovered at each earthing up, to allow the plants to photosynthesise and push on through. Hilling/adding soil in stages is important so you don't swamp the plants and overwhelm them. Like I have mentioned in the past I do feel we should NOT be promoting the use of tyres for this. to find out names though. When might I begin the process? Yes indeed - anything of a reasonable volume is suitable for growing potatoes. What You'll Need on Planting Day . I hope so! The use of plastic trash bags for food storage or cooking is not recommended by USDA "... because they are not food grade plastic and chemicals from them may leach into your potatoes. King Edward is a very common variety for a very good reason - it's a really solid performer that consistently gives good results. I'd probably look to harvest those spuds now. No sign of foliage beginning to die down - which is the "time to harvest" indicator above 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. The place I bought my seed this year stated "do not hill up soil above leave height, do not bury the leaves." Expert comment welcome! Unroll the trash bag as the plants grow and continue to add compost and straw to keep them mostly covered. ", "I cut off their growing tips.This forces the plant to put it's energy into producing more and larger potatoes as opposed to producing more plant. Not sure what to do with this one, let the plants go for a bit or harvest my spuds now? I hope this white roots yield some good spuds for you! ", "I tried in whiskey barrells last year. ", "I was in Cyprus 1995-1999 and put some sprouting shop bought potatoes into the (rich) soil at the back of our house. This mix is light and easy to work with. I planted the seed potatoes after hitting them and added more soil/compost as the greenery appeared. My hunch is that if the plants are flowering there should be a few potatoes by now. MaryG - There's not much that can be done if plants are all growing at different rates in the same container. 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. ", "Thank you. (Hons) Horticulture. mid spring) is an excellent time to start planting potatoes in pots. Thank you for the very detailed overview of your experiences growing in tires. Incorporate plenty of organic matter to improve soil structure, moisture retention and to add essential nutrients to the soil. Yes, I've read this too. Container spuds are also great fun for the kids. Or perhaps it was more compost than soil; I had acquired the local municipal mulch which was ground up Christmas trees and that had rotted down for a few years before I started planting in it. I can't keep them up as they keep breaking or snapping their stems when they fall over the rim of the pots. ", "Thank Benedict. I'm not sure what your 'worms' could have been in the potato tubers. Add your own thoughts on the subject of this article: How to Plant Potatoes Potato planting is done using small pieces of mature “seed potato” tubers, during the cool season when the soil is above freezing … Potatoes are growing again in them. ", "Thank you, Ben. Two tubs used in this fashion is better than 55-gallon barrels, as the top tub is easily toppled. Great website. ", "Ben, Thank you again for pursuing the answers to this mystery! When the plant clears the top tub, I mulch the mix to conserve water and insulate the the tub. Personally I wouldn’t be without my annual crop of spuds. 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. It has been a very unusual summer indeed. If they are small, wait a little bit longer. However, you may find you can harvest a few smaller, 'new' potatoes before that point. ", "Hi SteveP. About 10 litres per potato is correct. This is my first time planting potatoes, and in a container. The shoots will slowly sprout. Vine weevils are quite common in containerised plants. In fact, during the Second World War people often cut larger seed potatoes in half or even smaller divisions to make them go further. The roots are so dense it's hard to dig. Plant in the bottom of the bag, adding compost as the plants grows. Reflecting back on a large planting I did in tires about 10 - 15 years ago. Thanks!! The main advantage of growing from seed potatoes is that they are guaranteed to be clean and free of any viruses and so forth. A simple bag can provide ample growing room for an abundant potato harvest. ), so it seems like they're probably good to go. Maris Piper ", "Hi Steve. As well, Should be an interesting experiment. Haven't had an issue. I'm not sure what beetles they could be - they could be one of many thousands of different types! Adding the potting soil/compost in stages means the foliage can play catch up quickly each time. You're aiming for short, stubby shoots before planting. 1 Swift 1st Early Ericaceous Peat Free 6 10 1kg by mixing it with good garden soil and some of my own garden-made compost. Harvesting potatoes grown in containers is relatively easy, easier probably than for potatoes grown in the open ground. I put seed potatoes in the bottom tire and filled in with a compost / soil mixture. Red Cloud Potatoes grow from a seed potato: a section of potato that contains an "eye" that grows into a vine. Yes, Melanie is right - you 'earth up' by adding your compost/soil (or straw)so that just the top couple of inches of foliage is poking out. It makes me think we could overcome that with a little ingenuity... straw mulch around and over the tires might help a lot. All rights reserved. Pease help! ", "Hello Ben...Thanks for the reply. If the soil/compost mix is warm there is no need to sprout before planting. They are contained within the grow bag, so this won't affect soil quality as growing the same crop from year to year in soil would. Do they have to sprout before planting! The others are maincrops, one in general purpose peat free, the rest in ericaceous peat free. potato thing a try. The only thing I don't know is what kind of soil is best to plant them in. I would imagine peat-free is better as it is looser and wouldn't slump down as easily as perhaps peat-based composts might. ", "i started to grow some potatoes last week ,and i forgot to put stones in bottom of bag,is it too late to remove soil and put stones in now. ", "Hello Benedict, Charlotte is a popular variety for planting in July / August and harvesting before Christmas and is a Winner of the RHS award of garden merit. It seems that later season varieties, with slower growing times, are actually the best as they are generally indeterminates. Initially looking after the grounds and coordinating the plant trials, I now support the web team offering horticultural advice online. ", "So you can use straw instead of soil after you lay the 4" base of soil and the 4" cover soil? There are sound practical benefits to trapping your tubers within the confines of a container, including freedom from soil-borne pests and diseases such as eelworm and scab (an all-too-common setback for many), the chance to give the back a rest from digging, and the opportunity to try lots of different varieties of potatoes without (a) getting them mixed up and (b) worrying about things like crop rotation. For the chance to be featured, share your plant pictures with uson Instagram by using the hashtag #YourTMGarden. Fungi can feed on organic matter - perhaps spores came in with the straw? Let us know how you get on with this season's potatoes. The same applies to maincrop potatoes. When your potatoes have grown about 8 inches, unfold the edge of the bag a bit and add 4 more inches of soil. A few of the plants started to flower and I attempted to dig down and see if I had some new potatoes. ", "Hi Suzanne, that's super - thanks so much for sharing this list. This may have been a big problem. 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. ", "Hi Brian The difficult part is knowing when to start harvesting. ", "I've been reading that the best potatoes for containers or bags are indeterminate types. 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? Potatoes can grow without being in a large plot of land or without any land at all. ", "Hi Vicki. After working in a specialist plantsman's nursery, and later, as a consulting arboriculturalist, I joined Thompson & Morgan in 2008. ", "As this thread gives witness I am in my fourth year of growing potatoes. Elsewhere I did read of health risks from contaminants in tyres. The only explanation is that the potatoes were exposed to light in some way. Growing Food in Unusual Places. 6 Replies 1513 Views July 17, 2009, 08:28 by hectic : charlotte potatoes Started by sprinkler1 on Grow Your Own. The foliage can grow to about 2ft (60cm) tall or more. Is that normal? Have a pepper plant which now has small green peppers, although one is turning yellow/red. 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. If you’re in a hurry, our top pick is the ANPHSIN 10 Gallon Garden Potato Grow Bag. Simply check the size of the tubers occasionally until they reach the desired size. 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