A single potato is packed with numerous nutrients that our body needs. However, since we live in a city where land areas are almost covered with flat pavements, the supply becomes scarce and the price of potatoes skyrockets. In order to end this scarcity in potato supply, the best option is to learn how to grow potatoes in a container. This article provides the steps on how you can do it.
Knowing the Right Season to Grow Potatoes
Potato plants need lots of sunlight, which only means they grow better during sunny days. Some potato plants mature at around 70 to 90 days, while some can be harvested around 120 days. Thus, you can have enough time to grow a potato plant during the summer.
Choosing the Right Place to Grow Your Crop
Since a potato plant grows better during sunny days, it should be placed in an area where sunlight shines up for about 6 to 8 hours a day and where humidity is lesser than usual. Moreover, the ambient temperature should be around 60°F (16°C).
Steps on How to Grow Potatoes in a Container
- Put some charcoal or small stones underneath a 30-liter recycled gallon with holes at the bottom to ensure that the plant will be properly drained.
- Mix natural soil with mulch (a mixture of decaying leaves, animal manure, sawdust, and soil) then put them on top of the charcoal.
- Embed matured potatoes with roots that are already sprouting 7 inches apart and cover them with dry soil.
- Continue to cover the plants up to the top of the container as they grow.
- The potato plant should be generously watered, but make sure you keep it well-drained to prevent soggy roots.
- Wait until you see yellow flowers that indicate the maturity of potatoes underneath. If so, you may already start to harvest and enjoy your freshly-picked potatoes for salads and other favorite menus.