Potatoes are a staple crop in many gardens and can be easy to grow if you follow a few simple tips. Here are 10 tips for growing potatoes successfully:
Tips for Growing Potatoes
Choose the right variety for your climate. Some potatoes are better suited for cooler climates, while others thrive in warmer weather.
Plant in well-drained soil. Potatoes need a lot of water, but they also need well-drained soil to prevent rot.
Plant at the right time. The best time to plant potatoes is when the soil is between 45 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Use a hilling technique. As the potato plants grow, mound soil around the base of the plant to protect the developing tubers.
Water regularly. Potatoes need about an inch of water per week, either from rainfall or irrigation.
Fertilize properly. Potatoes need a balanced fertilizer with a ratio of 10–10-10 or 5–10-10, applied when the plants are about 6 inches tall.
Control pests and diseases. Common potato pests include Colorado potato beetles and aphids, while diseases such as late blight can also be a problem.
Harvest at the right time. Potatoes are ready to harvest when the leaves begin to yellow and die back.
Cure the potatoes. After harvest, let the potatoes sit in a warm, dark place for a week or two to harden their skins.
Store in the right conditions. Potatoes should be stored in a cool, dark place with high humidity to keep them from drying out.
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