How to grow maris piper seed potatoes: Grow potatoes in potato grow bags or pots in your garden, patio or porch

Growing your own potatoes at home

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Using a Potato grow bag

If you do not have a garden in your home do not let this stop you from growing your own fruit and vegetables. All you need to grow your own vegetables is some space and a container.

Growing vegetables is all about taking some time out of your day to water and feed your seedling, and then nature doe the rest of the work. Other vegetables which are great to grow in your locations that you do not have a lot of space are potatoes, tomatoes, peas and zucchini.

If you are interested in growing your own vegetables then you might need to rely on grow bags or patio containers. But grow bags are easy to use, reusable time and time again, and also take up very little space because after you have harvest your vegetables, you can wash it and fold it away till next year.

So to get started this year, all you will need is your grow bag, your choice of vegetables, some compost, some fertiliser and a little bit of labour.

Potatoes grow bags can be purchased in many places and are reusable year after year. So once you are finished with them this year, you just need to wash it, dry it and it is ready for next year.

You can buy seed potatoes in any good hardware store or market. There are different types of varieties out there so choose one that meets your needs.
You can buy seed potatoes in any good hardware store or market. There are different types of varieties out there so choose one that meets your needs. | Source

Getting Started

There are lots of variety of potatoes out there but choose one that you like and one that works with your climate. If you pick a variety you know will grow and has a good reputation then that means you have a good chance of having a successful harvest.

Before you begin planting, you need to get organised. So gather up the following items.

Items Required
4- 5 pots or some potatoe grow bags
good quality vegetable compost
gardening gloves
watering can
fertiliser
2 - 3 bags of seed potatoes
List of items required to grow your own potatoes at home

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Alternative containers to grow bags

Once you have got your equipment ready, the next step is to decide what you're going to plant your potatoes in.

If you don't have any potato grow bags, you can also rely on other types of containers.

If you have old buckets, pots, wheels or even drums, then you might try planting your potatoes in them.

You need to just consider the space you have available and how easy it will be to dig them up when the time comes for harvesting them, then you should have no problem.

Potato Planter bag for patios or small garden

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This is the reusable planter bag or grow bag that you can buy for growing potatoes in.  You can store it anwhere.This is what the inside of the potato bag looks like. If you don't have a potato bag then you might try using an old bucket that you have. Just put some holes in the bottom of it.If you have any big pots that you used for plants or  shrubs then you might like to try planting your potatoes in this type of container.
This is the reusable planter bag or grow bag that you can buy for growing potatoes in.  You can store it anwhere.
This is the reusable planter bag or grow bag that you can buy for growing potatoes in. You can store it anwhere. | Source
This is what the inside of the potato bag looks like.
This is what the inside of the potato bag looks like. | Source
If you don't have a potato bag then you might try using an old bucket that you have. Just put some holes in the bottom of it.
If you don't have a potato bag then you might try using an old bucket that you have. Just put some holes in the bottom of it. | Source
If you have any big pots that you used for plants or  shrubs then you might like to try planting your potatoes in this type of container.
If you have any big pots that you used for plants or shrubs then you might like to try planting your potatoes in this type of container. | Source

Week 1 : Planting Your Seed Potatoes in grow bags

Once you have your grow bags ready the next step it to plant your seed potatoes in them.

Fill your grow bag up about 1/3 of the way with vegetable compost.

Then plant 2-3 seed potatoes into each potato grow bag. Next put in some fertiliser pellets.

After that cover your potatoes over with another layer of compost. Finally water the potatoes in the grow bag.

Now just let nature and time do the rest of the work.

Week 1 : Starting Your Potato Bag

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Fill the potato bag up about 1/3 of the way with compost.  Once you have placed 2 to 3 of your seed potatoes into the potato bag, cover them with a layer of compost and give the good watering. Once you have placed your potatoes in the potato bag, cover them with a layer of compost and give the good watering.Once the clay is layered over the sprouts on the potatoes, it will look like this. Keep layering compost over the potato stalks each time they appear. Once you see the sprouts appearing on your  potatoes, it's important that you cover the potatoes each time. You will be surprised how quick it starts to grow.
Fill the potato bag up about 1/3 of the way with compost.
Fill the potato bag up about 1/3 of the way with compost. | Source
Once you have placed 2 to 3 of your seed potatoes into the potato bag, cover them with a layer of compost and give the good watering.
Once you have placed 2 to 3 of your seed potatoes into the potato bag, cover them with a layer of compost and give the good watering. | Source
Once you have placed your potatoes in the potato bag, cover them with a layer of compost and give the good watering.
Once you have placed your potatoes in the potato bag, cover them with a layer of compost and give the good watering. | Source
Once the clay is layered over the sprouts on the potatoes, it will look like this. Keep layering compost over the potato stalks each time they appear.
Once the clay is layered over the sprouts on the potatoes, it will look like this. Keep layering compost over the potato stalks each time they appear. | Source
Once you see the sprouts appearing on your  potatoes, it's important that you cover the potatoes each time. You will be surprised how quick it starts to grow.
Once you see the sprouts appearing on your potatoes, it's important that you cover the potatoes each time. You will be surprised how quick it starts to grow. | Source

Progress of the Potato Crop

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It takes about a week and a half before you will see the potatoes start to sprout up in the bag.At the beginning of the third week if the weather is seasonally hot, you will see the sprouts starting to emerge more.By the end of the fourth week the sprouts will have really grown. You will see that every day the grow more and more.Remember that each time the potato stalks start to grow, you need to add more compost into the potato bag. You keep this up until the bag is filled to the very top with compost.By the end of the sixth week the potato stalks will be rising well about the potato grow bag. There are still a few more weeks left before the potatose will be ready to harvest.At the 3 to 4 month mark your potato harvest should be fully grown. You will see purple flowers emerging from the stalks of the potato stalks.
It takes about a week and a half before you will see the potatoes start to sprout up in the bag.
It takes about a week and a half before you will see the potatoes start to sprout up in the bag. | Source
At the beginning of the third week if the weather is seasonally hot, you will see the sprouts starting to emerge more.
At the beginning of the third week if the weather is seasonally hot, you will see the sprouts starting to emerge more. | Source
By the end of the fourth week the sprouts will have really grown. You will see that every day the grow more and more.
By the end of the fourth week the sprouts will have really grown. You will see that every day the grow more and more. | Source
Remember that each time the potato stalks start to grow, you need to add more compost into the potato bag. You keep this up until the bag is filled to the very top with compost.
Remember that each time the potato stalks start to grow, you need to add more compost into the potato bag. You keep this up until the bag is filled to the very top with compost. | Source
By the end of the sixth week the potato stalks will be rising well about the potato grow bag. There are still a few more weeks left before the potatose will be ready to harvest.
By the end of the sixth week the potato stalks will be rising well about the potato grow bag. There are still a few more weeks left before the potatose will be ready to harvest. | Source
At the 3 to 4 month mark your potato harvest should be fully grown.
At the 3 to 4 month mark your potato harvest should be fully grown. | Source
You will see purple flowers emerging from the stalks of the potato stalks.
You will see purple flowers emerging from the stalks of the potato stalks. | Source

Week 2

By the second week you should see your potatoes starting to sprout up. It will only be a few millimeters.

As the week progresses and if the weather is continuously hot you will continue to see the potato stalk growing more and more.

By week three you should see lots of potato stalks emerging from your grow bag.
By week three you should see lots of potato stalks emerging from your grow bag. | Source

Week 3 - 7

In week three your potato grow bag should be fully covered now with potato stalks.

All that will be required to do now is to continue filling up the grow bag with compost each week as the potato stalks continue to grow.

Eventually the compost will be level with the top of the grow bag and from here on out you now need to continue to water them and keep an eye on them for blight.


By week 6 you should really see the potato stalks beginning to grow in size.
By week 6 you should really see the potato stalks beginning to grow in size. | Source

Week 8 onwards

Gradually as the weeks progress you will see an increase in the size of the potato stalks in the the potato grow bag.

It is important to continue to water them to ensure that they continue to thrive.

By the 4 month mark you should see that you potato stalks should be about 3 foot high from the top of the grow bag.

You will also see purple flowers growing on the potato stalks.

Use plant labels to write the date that you  planted the potatoes in the grow bag.  This is handy to help you identify when potatoes were planted if you have planted different potatoes on different dates.
Use plant labels to write the date that you planted the potatoes in the grow bag. This is handy to help you identify when potatoes were planted if you have planted different potatoes on different dates. | Source

Use plant labels to date when you planted the potatoes

If you are planting different crops of potatoes or any other type of vegetables then it is worthwhile buying a package of plant labels.

You can then write on each label the date that the vegetables were planted in the potato grow bag.

If you were transplanting seedlings to pots you can then use the other side of the plant label to date when this procedure was done.

Growing Potatoes in bag

Each week you will see an increase in the size of the potato stalks in the potato grow bags.
Each week you will see an increase in the size of the potato stalks in the potato grow bags. | Source

When do you harvest your potatoes from your grow bag

It will take up to 3 to 4 months for the potatoes to be big enough to harvest.

If you do check the potatoes after 3 months you might find that if the weather has been particularly good that you can harvest them.

However they might not be as big as you expected, so if you want larger potatoes leave them for another few weeks.

If you harvested one of the potato grow bags, and the potatoes are not as big as you expected then do not touch the other potato grow bags till the 4 month mark.

Harvesting your potatoes from your grow bag

Once it is time to harvest your potatoes from the grow bags, you will need to empty the whole contents of the grow bag onto a big bag. A bin liner bag would be sufficient if you had one.

Then you will have to shake up the compost as it will be solid and in the shape of the grow bag. You will see that is has set to the shape of the grow bag because of all the roots running thought the compost.

Using your hand start digging thought the clay and remove all the potatoes that you you can find.

You will also come across the remains of the seed potatoes that have rotted away.

Removing the potatoes from the potato grow bag

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Once you remove the compost from the grow bag you will need to start rooting throught the it to find the potatoes.You will have to empty the clay out of the grow bag onto a bin liner to remove the potatoes from the clay. You will see lots of roots running throught the compost.Put the potatoes you have removed from the grow bag into a bucket. You should get a good few potatoes from each grow bag.
Once you remove the compost from the grow bag you will need to start rooting throught the it to find the potatoes.
Once you remove the compost from the grow bag you will need to start rooting throught the it to find the potatoes. | Source
You will have to empty the clay out of the grow bag onto a bin liner to remove the potatoes from the clay. You will see lots of roots running throught the compost.
You will have to empty the clay out of the grow bag onto a bin liner to remove the potatoes from the clay. You will see lots of roots running throught the compost. | Source
Put the potatoes you have removed from the grow bag into a bucket. You should get a good few potatoes from each grow bag.
Put the potatoes you have removed from the grow bag into a bucket. You should get a good few potatoes from each grow bag. | Source

Beware of potato blight

Potato blight is a disease that infects potatoes . It is spread thought the air. You need to keep an eye on your potato crop to ensure that it does not get infected with potato blight.

Usually your local paper or weather station can give out from alerts when potato blight is expected.

You don't need to spend the whole time worrying your potato crop will get infected because otherwise you will be super stressed. it's just wise to remain on alert if you hear a warning about it.

If you take measures early on when you do spot black spots on your potato leaves or you notice rotten tubers, and remove these and the stalks that are infected, you might be able to prevent the blight from spreading.

You could take preventive measures and spray your potatoes with copper fungicide to prevent potato blight at all.

Growing potatoes isn't that hard. The preparation in the beginning is really the hardest part of all and keeping an eye out for potato blight.

But once you have your had your first successful harvest of potatoes you will find that it is an easy task and that you will be able to do it each year.


© 2014 Sp Greaney

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sangre 2 years ago from Ireland Author

Hi Nancy Owens. Thanks, it definitely suits the people who have no garden or a small one like me.


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Nancy Owens 2 years ago from USA

What a great idea for people who do not have garden spots. Very well written.


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sangre 2 years ago from Ireland Author

Hi RTalloni, it sure is. :)


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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

Folding for storage is a huge bonus. Thanks again for the info.


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sangre 2 years ago from Ireland Author

Hi ChitrangadaSharan, Thanks. I'm so happy that the crop was successful, especially after I put so much hard work into them.

I don't have a big garden so had to look at the different methods out there that would suit my space. :)


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Excellent hub with useful and illustrative pictures on growing potatoes!

I have never tried growing potatoes this way. Thanks for sharing this very unique idea.

Voted up and pinned!


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sangre 2 years ago from Ireland Author

Hi RTalloni. Thanks for your comment. Some people can be unlucky and not have much success with growing a crop and it's a pity because when you eat your own potatoes, at least you know what is in them. :)

Yes they are, and they are made from extremely light material to and it's easy to fold them up after the season and they won't take up a lot of space.


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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

Thanks for this look at growing potatoes in containers. We've not had success in the past but that could be for any number of reasons. Would like to try it again and this is good motivation to do so. These grow bags must be woven so they will drain water?

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