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By Johnk

Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom Gb

Potatoes in planters.
Hi, I have planted some potatoes in bags for the first time and they are just starting to show through. Being a complete novice can anyone advise me on 1) how much water to give? 2) if and when to feed them and with what? 3) when will they appear to be ready (assuming everything is ok)?
Thanks for any information at all
John K



They are supposed to be ready when they are in flower. Water as you would a normal pot plant, taking care not to drown them and a feed with a general purpose fertiliser diluted in a can of water once every 3-4 weeks should be fine. Make sure the soil is up to the top of the pot too as the tubers develop on the stems underground and the more soil around them the more the potatoes can develop.

1 May, 2013


I've grown them in dustbins for the last few years, just water them as you would any plant in a pot, don't let them dry out, feed them once a month with general fertiliser and keep rolling up the bag and earthing up to encourage more potatoes developing.Once the flowers are faded empty the bags and enjoy.

2 May, 2013


I have grown some like this for the past couple of years and used a piece of narrow drain pipe with holes drilled in it running the depth of the bag/container so that the water gets to the bottom without drowning the potatoes.

2 May, 2013


Thanks for advice everyone

3 May, 2013

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