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Feb 16

How to Grow Potatoes

Posted on February 16, 2018 at 11:23 AM by Wendy Jorgensen

Your vegetable garden may be prepared for spring, but it’s still too early to plant most things. Except for potatoes! Potatoes can grow in slightly cooler soil (must be at least 45 degrees F) and can survive a light frost, making them perfect to plant in late-February in North Texas. They are also a great plant for beginner gardeners as they are relatively easy to maintain. Follow this step-by-step guide and have some fresh, homegrown potatoes of your own.

First, always do your research and find out what varieties grow best in your area. For North Texas, common varieties include Kennebec (white potato), Pontiac (red potato) and Yukon Gold (yellow potato). Buy potato seeds 2-3 weeks ahead of time, and you can often find variety sets at garden stores.

Small seed potatoes covered with new roots ready for planting

Place your newly bought seed potatoes in brown paper bags for 1 week in a warm area. This will give it what we call “eyes,” which are the buds grown out of the potato to form into new plants.

Take a clean, sharp knife and cut sections of the potato off with two or three eyes each. Make sure each section you have cut weighs approximately 2 ounces. Now, don’t plant them just yet! Let the sections of potato you just cut sit for 2 to 3 days so they callus over. This allows them to seal and prevent any rotting from taking place. For small potatoes, you can skip the cutting step and simply plant them whole.

Potatoes generally grow best in rows.Begin by digging a Potatoes in the row with a hoe being covered with soiltrench 6-8 inches deep, lightly scattering some fertilizer and then planting the potato pieces with the eyes facing up every 18-24 inches. If you have multiple rows, make sure they are 3-4 feet apart from one another. Fill the trench with soil to ground level and scatter more fertilizer on top. As the potatoes grow, you only need to keep the soil moist, not wet.

Potatoes can also grow in containers. If you don’t have the space for a big garden, growing baby potatoes in a container garden would be a great option. No need to go out and buy soil and fertilizer, Texas Pure Products has you covered with our Powerful Potting Mix.

Pile of PotatoesBy mid-June, your potatoes should be blooming and ready for harvest. You will know when your potatoes are ready by rubbing the skin lightly with your finger and the potato peel does not slip around. And voila, you have homegrown potatoes ready to cook! To ensure the best flavor and texture, eat the potatoes within the same day of picking them.

If you have any questions or comments, let us know by commenting on our Facebook page or by giving us a call. We are always happy to talk!

Happy planting!


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