How to Grow Plentiful Potatoes in Pots: 10 Tips for Success

It may seem counterintuitive to plant a vegetable that grows largely underground in a pot with restricted soil space. But, oddly enough, potatoes actually do quite well when planted in containers.

1. Choose the Right Seed Potato 

Seed potatoes can be purchased from nurseries or online. Look for reputable retailers that offer organic varieties.

2. Take Time to Prepare Your Seed Potatoes

To increase your odds of growing healthy, productive plants you’ll need to take some time to properly prepare your seed potatoes before planting them.

3. Pick a Sunny Location

When choosing a spot to put your potato container garden, look for an area that gets at least six hours of direct sunlight each day.

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4. Pick the Right Pot

Any plastic or metal pot will do, just make sure there are plenty of drainage holes in the bottom. If there are only a couple, take a drill and make a few more of your own.

5. Start Your Potatoes Off Right

For this reason, it is incredibly important that you do two things: first, place your seed potato at the right depth, and, second, “hill” soil as the plant grows.

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