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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

17 Oct 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I'd suggest you try and find the name of the potato you liked. Then look up potato varieties on the internet. I think most potatoes fresh out of the ground have a thin skin. If you are temperate climate plant Sept Oct and harvest 15-20 weeks later. Try seed selling companies.
07 Oct 18, bennet (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
I want to start potato farming , where can i buy seeds?
29 Oct 18, (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hi, I managed to get some seed potatoes from a local garden center. Even if they don't have any when you visit, it may be worth asking if they can source any for you. I'm not an expert but you may be able to use shop bought potatoes. Leave them to sprout and try!
10 Sep 18, Kashmir Singh (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Which is the best month to plant potatoes in upper north island of New Zealand, please ? Also I understand that the seed potato must be sprouted before it goes in the ground. What is the sprouting procedure please? In a cool dark place or any other suggestions you may have for me. Many thanks.
11 Sep 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
The north tip of NZ is sub-tropical. Not a lot of difference to temperate. The year monthly calendar says when to plant. It best to plant potatoes that are starting to sprout. Go to a nursery or farm produce place and buy from them. Plant in a furrow and fill the furrow in as they grow and then hill the soil up around the plant.
28 Aug 18, Niresh (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Which area is ideal for potato cultivation and where i can go for the cultivaton over 50acres of land
30 Aug 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try the internet for growing potatoes in NZ.
08 Aug 18, Ross Duncan (Australia - tropical climate)
What potato varieties will grow in the tropics? I live in Cairns & want to plant potato but not sure which type will grow here.
10 Aug 18, (Australia - tropical climate)
Google it. It all depends what kind of seed potato you can buy there. Try Bunnings or produce places.
24 Jul 18, Lukanyo (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Is there any difference in size with seedlings during planting
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Thanks for your comment Darren. Yep, I have read that info on my potato quest haha! We'll see how my spuds turn out. Maybe I will receive a medal haha! I am not easily defeated :) Not that I am big on spuds, just trying out something "not so new" in a different environment.

- Filly

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