How to Grow Potatoes
Potatoes are a versatile crop that originated in South America hundreds of years ago and is currently the most widely consumed vegetable in the United States. Potatoes are cool-season vegetables that grow from small tubers known as “seed potatoes.” They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures.
When to Plant Potatoes Plant them outdoors two to three weeks after your last frost.
Requirements for Spacing: Tubers should be planted 6 to 8 inches deep and between 1 and 2 feet apart. Rows ought to be separated by three feet. Place each potato cut side down in the ground with the eyes facing upward.
Time to Germination
Germination regularly happens somewhere in the range of 14 and 28 days.
Special Considerations: Plant tubers in full sun in soil that is light, loose, and well-drained. A light frost can be tolerated by potatoes; However, in the event of a severe late-season freeze, they will require protection. Throughout the summer, potato vines should be watered at a rate of one to two inches of water or rain per week, particularly during the flowering and immediate post-flowering stages. Stop watering when the foliage turns yellow and starts to die back.
Pests and diseases that affect many people Potatoes are very susceptible to viruses. Always select a planting location with adequate airflow and allow the recommended amount of space between plants. Potatoes should never be grown in the same location in the garden for more than three to four years. Instead, they should be rotated. Crop rotation will aid in the prevention of disease accumulation and prevent infected potato tubers from emerging undetected from previous harvests.
When and How to Harvest Baby Potatoes Should be harvested two to three weeks after the plants have completed flowering. Remove potatoes for fresh consumption by gently digging around the plants, taking care not to be too intrusive. To allow the smaller new potatoes to continue growing, remove the largest ones and leave the larger ones in place.