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.

  1. Add compost/potting soil to fill just the bottom of the bag. It should be about 1.5 inches deep. 
  2. Nest your seed potatoes in the compost, with the shoots or eyes facing upwards.
  3. 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.
  4. Keep the compost slightly damp, but do not over water.  Feed weekly with a high potash/low nitrogen soluble plant food.
  5. If there is a range of frost, cover with fleece (we recommend Haxnicks Easy Fleece Jackets) until it has passed.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Leave the plant to grow, watering when necessary to keep the compost damp, but not soaked.
  9. The plant will produce small flowers.  Once the flowers have died off, your potatoes are ready to harvest.
  10. Simply dig down into the planter to see if your potatoes are ready.
  11. Remove a few potatoes at a time or tip the planter out to reveal a bumper harvest!
  12. Your planter can be used again next time, and it folds away neatly for storage.

Now you can enjoy the real taste of home-grown spuds!

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