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Blue Potatoes in a Pot

blue potatoes in a pot

Okay, I guess it doesn't matter that the potatoes are blue, I just prefer them. They get their color from powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins. So they are better for you, yet still have that great potato taste. I grow potatoes every year; I used to put them in my garden but they tend to grow out of control and become difficult to harvest. I find growing the potatoes in a pot is much easier.

I take sprouting potatoes and put them in a pot on a bed of six inches of dirt in the early spring. I cover them with another six inches of dirt. I put the pots in a sunny location. When the height of the potato plants is just above the rim of the pot, I fill it with more dirt. Now I wait.

Potatoes are mostly maintenance-free. I occasionally weed but they do fine with whatever water nature provides. In the fall or early winter, after a light frost, I harvest all of the potatoes. Each pot gives me dozens of potatoes of varying sizes. I keep the smallest ones in a box in the closest for planting next years crop.

One important thing: you do need drainage holes on the bottom of the pot to avoid rotting potatoes. Also, you could buy seed potatoes or just plant an organic potato (blue or white is fine) that has begun to sprout. Never use a potato for planting that isn't organic. They are normally sprayed with growth retardants after harvest to prevent spoilage. Another great reason to only eat organic potatoes. Happy Gardening!

2 comments to Blue Potatoes in a Pot

  • Linda

    How do you know when to harvest?  I live in New Orleans so fall comes pretty late here.

  • iggy76

    You can harvest as soon as 60 days after planting for small potatoes. For larger ones, harvest right after the first light frost.

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