A Beginner’s Guide to Planting Potatoes in Containers

Monday April 17, 2023

Are you interested in growing your own potatoes, but don’t have the space for a traditional garden? No problem! With a few simple steps, you can easily grow potatoes in containers right at home. Here’s how:

  1. Choose Your Seed Potatoes Visit O’Toole’s Garden Centers to find seed potatoes that are suitable for container growing. Once you have your seed potatoes, it’s time to get started.
  2. Chip and Sprout Your Potatoes Before planting, chip or sprout your potatoes. Leave them in full sun inside for one to two weeks until they begin to sprout. Then, chop them into small pieces with one to two eyes each, and be sure to remove any that are rotten inside. This will help prevent rotting in the ground.
  3. Choose the Right Container Select a container that has good drainage, such as a wooden barrel, a fabric grow bag, or a plastic container. Make sure it’s large enough to accommodate the growing plants.
  4. Fill Your Container Cover the holes in the bottom of your container with a few rocks to prevent soil from escaping. Fill the container with about four to six inches of soil, using Colorado’s Choice Boss Soil available at O’Toole’s Garden Centers.
  5. Plant Your Seed Potatoes Place the seed potatoes cut-side down into the soil, making sure they have enough room to grow down. Cover them with about four inches of soil, and continue to cover them with more soil as they grow.
  6. Water and Maintain Your Plants Water your plants regularly, keeping the soil moist but not waterlogged. You can fertilize your plants with a balanced fertilizer like Dr. Earth Home Grown Tomato, Vegetable & Herb Fertilizer, available at O’Toole’s Garden Centers.
  7. Harvest Your Potatoes In about 2-4 months, your potato plants will start to die back. This means it’s time to harvest your potatoes! Simply dump out the container and collect your potatoes.

Growing potatoes in containers is an easy and rewarding project for any gardener, no matter their experience level. Visit O’Toole’s Garden Centers for all of your gardening needs, including seed potatoes, soil, and fertilizer, and get started today! Soon enough, you’ll be enjoying fresh, delicious potatoes straight from your own garden.