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Name: Jared Nicholes
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jnicholes
Mar 11, 2016 2:39 PM CST
Hello!

People wanted me to post pictures of how my potato plant is growing, so that is what I am doing right now with my question. It is growing FAST in a 5 gallon bucket, just sprouted leaves, and is 7 1/2 inches tall, (in the picture I just put more dirt in as needed.)

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My question is, how long does it take for the plant to flower and to produce potatoes? Is a 5 gallon bucket a good container choice?

Thanks!

Jared

Name: Eric
North Georgia, USA (Zone 7b)
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CommonCents
Mar 11, 2016 4:07 PM CST
jnicholes said:
My question is, how long does it take for the plant to flower and to produce potatoes?

Hi Jared. Potatoes are very temperature dependent, both soil temperature and air temperature. IIRC, flowering generally occurs when soil temperature approaches 60F. That's also about the optimum temperature for tuber development and growth.
jnicholes said:
Is a 5 gallon bucket a good container choice?

Maybe if your goal is to grow enough potatoes for a small bowl of potato salad. Big Grin

I grew potatoes in containers a few years back. The containers I used were 32 gallon black plastic "trash cans". I grew them in the fall, and under lights in my basement through the winter, and brought them back out in the sun in early spring. Our summers are too hot here for much growth for potatoes. We're much better for sweet potatoes than white or red potatoes.

I got a pretty good harvest from 3 cans in late April, enough potatoes to last through most of the summer here. We eat a lot of potatoes, if they are available. I probably got 30 pounds or maybe a bit more from each can.
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Mar 11, 2016 4:13 PM CST
I agree with CommonCents. I had potatoes in one 5 gallon bucket last year. I got about 6 potatoes and a few were quite small. If you like them, plant lots more!
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Name: Jared Nicholes
Post Falls, Idaho
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jnicholes
Mar 11, 2016 5:36 PM CST
Hello!

Thank You! I just took your advice and I VERY carefully transplanted it into a 32 gallon can I had lying around. These are Russet Burbanks that I planted from an old one I found in my garage, and it is doing REALLY well! I was just wondering, when leaves form and you need to put more dirt in the container, do you cover the leaves with dirt?

Thanks!

Jared
Name: Eric
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CommonCents
Mar 11, 2016 6:49 PM CST
I'm short on time now. Check http://www.almanac.com/video/growing-potatoes-trash-can for more answers.
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Mar 12, 2016 7:53 AM CST
Jared, when you add more dirt, leave several inches of the stem exposed; some leaves will be covered in the process, that's perfectly okay.

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