How to Grow Potatoes: Essential Care Guide + 5 Alternative Growing Methods



In this how to grow potatoes guide, we’ll discuss the growing requirements, when and how to plant, harvest, store, and prevent and treat the most common potato pests and diseases.

Also, for those looking for an easy way to grow potatoes, we’ll look at five methods that don’t require digging, tilling, or hilling.

Growing Potatoes — The Basics

There are as many ways to grow potatoes as ways to cook them. These vegetables have been cultivated for over 10,000 years, and farmers and gardeners have always looked for ways to make growing them easier.

When to Plant Potatoes

You can start planting potatoes outdoors at least two weeks after the last spring frost. Potatoes are not frost-hardy, and freezing temperatures can cause the tubers to rot in the ground and damage established plants.

Where to Plant Potatoes

Plant potatoes in a part of your garden that receives full sun. These vegetables need at least 6 hours of sunlight per day for healthy growth. 

Getting Potatoes to Sprout

Usually, potatoes kept in storage will sprout on their own. But you can encourage them to sprout indoors — a process known as chitting — 2 to 3 weeks before the last frost.

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