Red vs White Potato – Growing & Harvesting Potatoes In Containers

hello friends in today’s episode we will
look at growing the red potato as well as the white potato in large containers
and we’ll see some interesting results so let’s start with the red potatoes
first we are growing or potatoes from these cuttings that we took from an
existing potato and these are called the eyes of the potato and what you need to
do is dry them in the Sun for about a day or two not more than that and what
happens after that is that the back of the potato forms a nice hard covering
and it helps prevent rotting when you plant the potatoes now we’re going to
plant our potatoes in this large container it’s it’s like a whisky
barrel container but it’s longer and you can get these at your local Costco if
you have one they’re pretty cheap during the spring and the summers now what we’re
going to do is place these eyes of the potato inside this container which has
about around 8 inches of soil and the soil that we’re using here is a mix of
wood chips perlite compost and chicken manure now in this case I’m using
chicken manure which is an organic fertilizer we’re going to water it after
we plant it so that the eyes settle down and they will start sending the roots
pretty quickly and what I do not recommend is growing
potatoes in these five-gallon buckets now I tried doing this and it was a
disaster the potatoes don’t form very well in these five gallon containers I
mean they’re okay but you really need a large container size to grow potatoes
because they just need a lot of room to produce large potatoes when you’re
growing them but in any case you are using a similar kind of a soil mix which
is compost perlite and in this case instead of woodchips I just added some
more sand and some more soil just to check how it goes but in my opinion most
of the time you’re gonna get the best results by using a combination of
woodchips perlite compost and manure as you’re seeing here I’m not adding any
fertilizer here and that’s what I wanted to show you is how do potatoes grow with
and without fertilizers and what we are doing here is once the plants grew a
little tall about six to eight inches from the beginning you need to backfill
the potato plants with some more planting material and in this case it’s
going to be woodchips perlite compost and chicken manure and you can see that
we just trying to fill the area around the plants and I’ve seen some people
asking any questions whether this technique is really helpful does it work
and we will find out I’ll show you when we harvest the potatoes that the potato
actually forms the fruit or the potatoes along the sides and here you can see we
have added some more dry leaves you can add compost you can pretty much use any
kind of medium to backfill your potato plants now when your potato plant looks
like this the leaves have dried a little bit you’re ready to harvest your
potatoes you can actually wait for about four to six weeks and leave the plant in
that state so that the potatoes get larger but in my case I really needed
these potatoes I had to harvest them so we went ahead and harvested these
potatoes but if you can wait I would suggest you just leave the plant
to die let it become completely dry and let the potatoes grow in the container
for about four weeks or so and then you can harvest them now I am just removing
the tops of these plants so that it’s easier for me to harvest and I’m going
to remove all the leaves that I added on the top and right away you can see the
potatoes actually are formed at the surface and towards the top part of the
container now if you do not back fill the container with the soil you’re going
to end up with potatoes that are not really healthy I mean if these potatoes
are exposed to the air they’ll become greenish and they are not really edible
after that so you need to make sure that you follow this technique you start at a
lower level and then keep back filling your container with soil as the potato
plant grows so we’re going to go ahead and harvest our red potatoes
again this is the container size it’s a pretty large container and I recommend
that you stick with at least this size container or a whiskey barrel container
when you are growing your potatoes so we’re going to just empty out the
container and look at what harvest we have
and remember that we are not using any fertilizer we are just using organic
chicken manure and an inert medium which is woodchips and perlite and of course
the compost also helps not only a fertilizer but it does supply a lot of
organic material conditions of soil and is a must so here you can see the
potatoes they look very nice the potatoes are not like really big and a
lot of people have asked me questions as to why is your harvest less you know
people expected like pounds and pounds of potatoes but let me tell you one
thing when you’re growing at home your aim is not to get like a bumper crop
with a lot of heavy produce what you need is good quality produce and that’s
something that you can get by growing your own by not using pesticides and by
making sure that you eat your produce quickly not wait for it to come in a
truck after months to your table so here you can see the soil mix very clearly
it’s a very high porosity very fast draining mix and this is the kind of mix
that potato plants really love and here is the harvest not huge but the potatoes
are pretty nice they’re very delicious and I’m not going to store these
potatoes so I’m going to wash them make sure that I remove the dirt from these
potatoes and then what I’m going to do is just consume them within about 10
days or so so again these are the red potatoes which grew in the large
container pretty good looking potatoes they were grown in full Sun potatoes do
need full Sun to grow and here’s what they look like once they are washed and
they’re ready to go into your table and red potatoes are very nutrition dense
they actually are better than white potatoes when it comes to nutrition very
healthy very delicious as well now let’s look at growing white potatoes we’re
growing the white potatoes in a similar sized container this is a whiskey barrel
container it’s slightly wider and using the same technique after the plants
emerge we are back filling the plant with some
high porosity potting mix and in this case again I’m using the same mix the
woodchips perlite but instead of adding manure I do have some compost in there
but instead of adding manure I’m going to be using an all-purpose fertilizer
which is applied once every month and we’re going to see how that goes we’re
going to see whether the potatoes grow well in that medium now a lot of people
also recommend using something which is high in potassium and phosphorus I just think that you will do very well
if you just add an all-purpose fertilizer you can get water-soluble
all-purpose fertilizers which we use here and they should do a good job you
can add it every six weeks you don’t really have to add it every month you
just have to see how your plants grow so I don’t add fertilizer all the time if
my plants are growing really well I might delay the fertilizer application
to like six weeks but if my plants are not growing that well and they need
nutrition then I’ll go for each month now whether to use organic fertilizers
slow-release fertilizers or salt based fertilizers is something that you need
to decide there are a lot of options available once again I’m going to
mention that you know if you don’t want to use animal products you’re welcome to
use salt based fertilizers they do a great job and it will help you grow the
best plants no matter what kind of fertilizer you’re using so as you can
see here these are the flowers on the potato plant they look very pretty and
overall health of the plant is very good so instead of just using manure by using
some kind of an all-purpose fertilizer you can use a slow-release fertilizer
you can also use a water-soluble fertilizer like I did here you’re going
to get a really good crop at home now I did not get any pests or diseases on my
potato plant but you can expect to get things like the potato beetles
or worms the caterpillars or thrips and for that you can use neem oil you can
just spray with neem oil you can spray the leaves and that should prevent any
kind of diseases that your potato plant should get and I also did not get any
viral diseases or fungal diseases on my potato plant grew pretty well and once
the leaves became less and less I started harvesting the potatoes and once
again you can wait a little longer than what you see here the potato tops will
actually completely dry out once again you can see the potatoes forming on the
top part of the plant and this is why this technique this technique where you
plant the potatoes lower inside the container and then backfill the planting
material is one of the best ways to grow your potatoes and this really works this
technique works very well so next time you try growing potatoes do try it out
instead of just planting your potatoes plant them in a trench if you’re growing
them in the ground or the raised bed you can just dig a trench and then plant
them and then keep filling up the soil around the potatoes for at least about
16 inches or so they need that much of space to grow and produce good potatoes
and size wise these potatoes are okay again I could have waited for a bit
longer maybe around four weeks more to get a
better produce and to get a bigger sized harvest but in any case a homegrown
potatoes are on the best potatoes you will ever eat so do try it out whiskey
barrel containers again are available very cheap during the spring and the
summer season and once again I would recommend that if you have a local
Costco do go there check it out they might still have some in the store whiskey barrel containers these are
great containers for growing plants and here we have it these are the potatoes
after washing they look very pretty and it is a decent sized harvest it’s not a
huge harvest and once again your aim should not be to get a big harvest or a
huge harvest your aim should be to be able to get very good homegrown potatoes
that you can use they’re going to be much better than the ones at the grocery
store they won’t have any growth inhibitors sprayed on them
there is no pesticide residue on them and that’s what you want when you’re
growing your homegrown potatoes so I hope you liked this video and you
understood the difference between growing potatoes with and without
fertilizers again the first one was grown using organic chicken manure and
compost and the second one was grown using a salt based fertilizer and you
saw the results so I hope you liked this video if you
liked to see more videos related to growing potatoes do check out these two
videos that you see on your screen and we’ll see you again soon happy gardening

Comments 68

  • Do you can your produce if you don't use it right away??

  • A potato is a vegetable not a fruit. 3:01

  • mastach.. can you plz explain what is slow release fertilizer? and what can be slow release organic fertilizer?? thanks in advance..

  • thanks a lot dopinder๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • What month should we plant in California?

  • When did you plant the potatoes and when did you harvest them?

  • I have one whiskey barrel. I planted carrots and some herbs in it. They're growing very well too. In the past I have used 5 gallon containers to grow potatoes. I am definitely going to use the bigger containers now after seeing your harvests.

  • I must have missed when you planted them and how many weeks to harvesting (yes, you harvested earlier than one should). What month plante, what month harvested? Thank you!

  • Yummy. Nothing better then home grown potatoes.

  • When is the right time to plant potatoes?

  • I would suggest trying yellow potatoes, such as Yukon Gold, as they contribute vitamin A to the diet, and people seem to put less butter on them, so they have two health benefits.

  • What's your soil/compost/manure portion mix

  • For an experiment I bought one seed potato and planted it in a barrel this size from Costco in the method you showed. The top is yellowing but still otherwise healthy so I don't know if I should have fertilized or if that is just the natural life cycle of the plant. It has been about 40 years since I've tasted a home grown potato so hopefully there will be enough for a nice meal at the end of this experiment. Thank you for all the hard work you put in on your videos showing the process from beginning to end and so carefully explaining your soil mixture.

  • I have been working on my plant and garden skills. Love it.

  • Oh nice harvest!!! I tried growing them in ground and my harvest was low. I had nothing but small potatoes. I heard I should of added bone meal. What do you think?

  • can i use love birds manure as fertilizer???

  • thanx for the video,very helpful

  • I just love your accent, could listen to you talk all day:)

  • You must add bonemeal for good growth and potash to increase root health when you grow in containers, and use better seed stock, as in whole seed potato, or at least half of one, for improved yields. Your yield was ok, but could be much better…I grow in 7 gallon containers organically.

  • containers make it so much easier and plants are healthier! Nice!

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  • When should sweet potatoes be harvested? My vines are very long now.

  • Another nice video. I grew potatoes first time this yr. I got these 25 gallon black storage containers from Costco and used one of them. Did the back filling like you showed. Had a harvest little bigger than yours. Some small some big but man those potatoes taste so good. Also got bunch of red and white onions this yr. Home grown stuff is so tasty. Really appreciate all your work in putting together this videos. I learnt a lot from them.

    One question – Where do you get the wood chips for your mix. Maybe you do a video on it.

  • All inspired by you, I just started gardeing in my backyard. Started with Containers and now planning to have Veggie patch. Can you please let me know if I should use cow manure to prepare soil for new plants. If Yes, how much. Please advise.

    Thanks heaps.

  • Thank you very much for sharing your video it was very informative and to the point Did you plant the white ones the same way you did with the red ones? Can I still plant potatoes now? How long do they take before you can harvest them?

  • Another fantastic video, thanks CG! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • How long did you wait until you got a harvest? I would like to try planting some in the fall. Thank you for sharing.

  • I live in Texas whew it is very hot and very dry. How often do you recommend watering and fertilizing? Also, do you have a problem with ants invading your gardens?

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  • Vanakkam, I am growing potatoes in my balcony I get 3 hours of sun light,ย ย will that be sufficient for the potatoes to grow ?

  • hi how about potatoes in winter season grows?give any tips please

  • always see your California Gardening its very hlepful. thank you. i just started growing Indian squash which is (Dudhi) but as the plant started growing all leaves started getting yellow its like a fungas. need your help what to do.

  • You soil recipe calls for wood chips, pearlite, manure, compost. Can freshly chipped wood chips be used?

  • Not bad at all! Great video as always.

  • Great video!

  • I just came across your profile and I am in love with how you tell is step by step how to grow a plant! I subscribed!!

  • Will Okinawan sweet potatoes grow in central California??

  • Water soluble potato fertilizer:
    Southern Patio Container:
    Seed potatoes:

  • Have you tried planting potatoes in a large black garbage bag with drainage holes? Same back-filling that you do but looks like you can harvest from the bottom/side. I really look forward to your videos. I am in Central Calif, so some weather differences but you are closer than most other gardeners.

  • Wonderful.try to show about some flower plants too.

  • Thank you for your video. I enjoy watching it

  • do not cut your potato seeds!!!!! the larger your potato seeds are the bigger the harvest!

  • Hi California gardening could you help me please… in the fore coming months i will be moving from Az over to LA the area of Beverly Hills. Must admit i am a complete novice when it comes to gardening in California … Please could you help as to what produce i would be able to grow Thanks so much………….. blessings Edwin J Thompson ll…………… Ed

  • hi please tell me how to grow potatoes in the tropics from the start to finish

  • Should have tried one with just planting them as normal without filling more soil to compare

  • this is fantastic!!!! love how you showed how to use store bought potatoes!

  • Do you clean out and reuse your soil?

  • Thank you for this info, you showed me what I was doing wrong, I was not letting the tops die

  • I love the Hard Work and Care that you put into the Video. But with all that Hard Work and Care during all those months, your Yield worth about $5.00 (January 2018 Prices) for 5 lbs of Potatoes.

  • can you grow to different varieties of potatoes in the same pot thanks

  • Iโ€™m looking at how to water them. I admit I used the 5 gallon buckets and also storage bins. I have good drainage but I think one or two plants look kind of droopy.

  • I love your videos! they are detailed and have a lot of useful information. this is my second year growing potato. they gow the stalk but never flower and die back. Am I doing something wrong? they also seem to die back quickly within 2 months . my harvest have been very small and potao size are also small. I am wondering if maybe I am over crowding the seeds? I planted about 10 seed into a gigantic whisky barrel and only got about 10 -12 potato small to medium. I appreciate your input . thank you for all the information you provide

  • How often we have to water potato plants

  • i grew some potatoes at home and they tasted 5 times better than the ones i bought at the market, although the seed potatoes were exactly the ones from the market. so much more flavor.

  • Great informative video I really hope my white potatoes look as good as yours.
    You are so right home grown tastes so much better. Cheers Denise from Australia

  • Nice potatoes! Anyone who can grow veggies has my respect!

  • "When you're growing potatoes at home you aim is not to get a bumper crop ?"

    I can assure you that it is, it really is.

  • thanks for your video as always they are very helpful, how long does potatoes take to grow and harvest? and which month is the best time for planting them?

  • Great job๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚

  • I did exactly how u told my plants are really good I don't know when I need to take off

  • Can I Grow Potatoes In 16" Fabric Grow Bags? After How Many Days I Feed to My Potato Plants?

  • I grow organic garnet yams. I grow them in 5 gallon pots as well as raised beds and larger pots.They are grown with my greens compost and good potting soil. I also add a little black kow composted manure. The most fabulous potatoes! Little effort and wonderful yields. I will always grow potatoes.

  • can you use store bought potatoes ?

  • what wood chips do you use ?

  • great video

  • Didn't understand the kind of container you said to get from Cosco.

  • Well said about the excess and the best part is that in essence they were virtually free, well maybe costing a few cents. But certainly pay for themselves over the long haul as each harvest can seed the next!

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