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Growing Potato

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(Best months for growing Potato in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Plant seed potatoes

  • Plant tuber. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 12 - 16 inches apart
  • Harvest in 15-20 weeks. Dig carefully, avoid damaging the potatoes.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Peas, Beans, Brassicas, Sweetcorn, Broad Beans, Nasturtiums, Marigolds
  • Avoid growing close to: Cucumber, Pumpkin, Sunflowers, Tomatoes, Rosemary

Your comments and tips

02 Oct 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have never tried this. As the plant grows just add more mulch/soil around the plant but don't completely cover all leaves. Leave the top leaves out.
28 Sep 17, violet (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
hi im in soshanguve north of pretoria,am strugling to.get tubers. can I produce my own from the potato then plant on my one hector in november?
15 Sep 17, Heather (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi. I have never grown potatoes, I would like to try is it time now central north island, Jersey Bennie seem to be popular early potatoes? Heathet
04 Sep 17, moses (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
where can I buy certified seed in pretoria
03 Sep 17, Nomzamo (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
is it ok to plant potatoes before the first rains around September? and how long will it take for them to ripen?
23 Aug 17, Paul Kelly (Australia - temperate climate)
The leaves on my potatoes seem to be shriveling and dying. Leaving crisp brown holes in the leaves and dead stems. Could it be a fungal disease or insect attack. If it is fungal disease what should I treat it with. Could it be viral?
25 Aug 17, Tim (Australia - temperate climate)
How old are your plants? The leaves and stems will die when its time to harvest.
13 Aug 17, Gill (Australia - temperate climate)
Our potatoes have grown very do you know when to harvest them? With many tjanks Gill
13 Aug 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
They have probably grown tall because of one or both of two things - too much nitrogen or if they had to compete for light -(tall nearby plants). I think the guide here say 12-16 weeks to harvest. The leaves will die off when it is time to harvest. My plants powered along (fed plenty of composting mulch - then they have just died - only about 12 weeks since shooting out of the ground. I pulled out one plant - a few big potatoes and a few smaller ones. Have left the others in until I need them to eat.
12 Aug 17, Paul (Australia - temperate climate)
Would this potato planting guide apply to sweet potato's as well?
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I put my new potatoes in on the traditional day Good Friday although that will be different for anyone in the Southern Hemisphere lol. As mentioned before they don't like frosts. Anyway, I make sure I plant them on lots of well rotted manure and earth them up when they start showing. I grow new spuds in containers and earth up with a mixture of compost and grass clippings which are free and easily available when I can be bothered to mow the lawn ! Potatoes like water and muck. When you harvest them they taste nothing like shop bought spuds !! Good Luck !

- Emma

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