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colin79ie
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 4:43 pm    Post subject: Help wanted planting potatoes in a container. Reply with quote

Hi,

I have decided to plant some potatoes in a container. The container is about 80cm X 30cm X 50 cm deep.

I have put drainage holes into it and have left the potatoes to 'chit'.

1. How much soil do I put in before putting in the potatoes?

2. How many potatoes should I plant in a container this size?

Any other info/advice is appreciated.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you find this thread through the search bar colin79ie? Potatoes in bags. A lot of info similar to what you need.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From here...... How to grow potatoes for Christmas.

You can grow your winter spuds in any moveable containers that can hold 60-70cm depth of soil, such as dustbins, tubs, large buckets or even rolled down compost bags. However, you must ensure your container has adequate drainage holes in the bottom. Add to this drainage further by spreading a 5-10cm deep layer of polystyrene packaging broken up to golf ball-sized chunks. On to the drainage layer spread a 15cm (6in) thickness of loam-based compost mixed with your own homemade compost or well-rotted manure, you are then ready to pop in your pops.

The number of seed potatoes you plant will depend on the diameter of your containers. As a rough rule of thumb, allow two well-spaced potatoes for every 30cm (1ft) of container diameter. Ensure that the eyes of the potato are facing up, cover with 15cm (6in) of compost and water in well.

As the potato stems and leaves grow, gradually add compost to your container to keep the top of the compost about 3 inches below the top of the plant at all times. To achieve a good crop, keep the whole lot well watered, spray against blight if required, and protect the plants from frost when it is forecast.

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