Growing potatoes in pots

Here’s a simple guide:


  • Seed potatoes
  • Large containers or pots (at least 10-12 inches deep)
  • Quality potting mix
  • Fertilizer (balanced or one with higher potassium)
  • Sunlight
  • Watering can or hose


  1. Choose Potatoes: Select seed potatoes from a nursery or garden center. These can be whole potatoes with eyes or cut pieces with at least one eye per piece.
  2. Select Containers: Use large containers with drainage holes. Each container should be at least 10-12 inches deep to allow for proper root development.
  3. Prepare Potting Mix: Use a well-draining potting mix with added organic matter. You can mix in some compost for nutrient enrichment.
  4. Planting: Place a few inches of potting mix at the bottom of the container. Plant the seed potatoes about 4 inches deep with the eyes facing up. If your container is large, you can plant multiple seed potatoes, but ensure they have enough space.
  5. Cover and Water: Cover the seed potatoes with more potting mix, leaving a few inches at the top. Water the container thoroughly.
  6. Sunlight: Position the containers in a location that receives at least 6-8 hours of sunlight daily. Potatoes love sunlight.
  7. Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water whenever the top inch of soil feels dry. Avoid overwatering, as potatoes can rot in waterlogged soil.
  8. Fertilize: Once the potato plants have sprouted and are a few inches tall, begin fertilizing. Use a balanced fertilizer or one with a higher potassium content.
  9. Hilling: As the potato plants grow, periodically add more soil around the stems to cover them. This encourages the development of more potatoes.
  10. Harvesting: Harvest the potatoes when the plants flower and the foliage begins to yellow and die back. Gently dig around the plant to avoid damaging the potatoes.
  11. Continuous Planting: To maintain a constant supply, stagger your planting times. Plant new containers every few weeks to ensure a continuous harvest.

By following these steps, you can enjoy a continuous supply of fresh potatoes grown in pots throughout the growing season.

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