Potato Patio Planter Growing Guide
Each Patio Planter is suitable for between 3 to 5 seed potatoes. By planting each Planter at 4 to 6 week intervals, you will be able to harvest over a longer period.
Place your seed potatoes in a cool light place and leave for a few weeks until shoots grow approximately 1 inch long.
For each Planter you will need 40 liters (10.5 gallons or 1.4 cubic feet) of good general purpose compost or potting soil.
- Add compost/potting soil to fill just the bottom of the bag. It should be about 1.5 inches deep.
- Nest your seed potatoes in the compost, with the shoots or eyes facing upwards.
- Cover the seed potatoes with more compost/potting soil. Should be about 2.5 inches deep. Once this is complete, your compost/potting soil will be about 4 inches deep within the bag.
- Keep the compost slightly damp, but do not over water. Feed weekly with a high potash/low nitrogen soluble plant food.
- If there is a range of frost, cover with fleece (we recommend Haxnicks Easy Fleece Jackets) until it has passed.
- When the shoots have grown about 3 inches high, add another layer of compost/potting soil to cover the tips of the shoots by 0.75 inches.
- As the shoots grow, continue to cover them until the compost/potting soil and shoots are about 1 inch from the top of the planter.
- Leave the plant to grow, watering when necessary to keep the compost damp, but not soaked.
- The plant will produce small flowers. Once the flowers have died off, your potatoes are ready to harvest.
- Simply dig down into the planter to see if your potatoes are ready.
- Remove a few potatoes at a time or tip the planter out to reveal a bumper harvest!
- Your planter can be used again next time, and it folds away neatly for storage.