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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

18 Jul 18, Deb Smith (USA - Zone 7b climate)
Can we grow tomatoes in early August in Zone 7 to harvest by Thanksgiving?
30 Jun 18, Peter (Perth) (Australia - temperate climate)
Stumbled in and grew some Royal Blue in container. Tipped out this week as I want to start some Kipfler. NO SPUDS! Now realise I did 2 things wrong 1: planted in November (= lots of lovely foliage) 2: Used sprouting (table) spuds from Greengrocer. This time I'm doing it right! (I hope). Got Seed Spuds (Kipfler like) "Pink Fur Apple". Made a planting medium following research. Planting early July. Hope springs eternal!
23 Jun 18, JAI (USA - Zone 7b climate)
Can I have a 2nd planting of seed potatoes in very late/early July in containers?
12 Apr 18, Rachel (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
good day please could u help we have a probem with the potatoes we planted and i dont know how to solve the problem. is there someone that can contact me and give me advise
10 Apr 18, Rita (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
Hi there, I’m in Millwater new subdivisions. Just wanted to know when is the best month to plant Agria potatoes. We’re new in the country but love gardening and organic. Please help us thanks
11 Apr 18, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
You are in Temperate NZ zone so look up Potatoes for that zone - use the Vegetables and Herbs tab
07 Apr 18, Makhosini Mdluli (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Hi. Is it recommended to plant potatoes in Tyres here in SA (Gauteng)
15 Mar 18, Heather (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I grew potatoes this year for the first time. I planted 12 pots and all I got back was about nine or ten potatoes. I planted mustard over the winter, dug in etc. it was very dry and I didn't water much could this be the problem. I thought if I watered too much they might rot. What did I do wrong? Thanks
13 Sep 18, Mike (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Have good loose soil, not too rich in N. Dig a furrow 12 (?)
01 Aug 18, Doug T (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I've had that happen a couple of times in containers - it seems they like warm conditions but cool roots or they just produce leaf growth. And yes plenty of water - about an inch a week. Soil should be sticky.
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Doesn't sound right to me. Potato is related to tomato - as the plant grows the potatoes develop up the stem. Best to hill the soil up as it grows but don't cover all the leaves. The leaves are the energy source to grow the potatoes.

- Mike

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