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Smart Pots - Fabric Planting Bags Grow Potatoes Easily!

Updated on June 9, 2017

I really love to grow potatoes.  Fresh grown potatoes are superior in taste and texture to what you can buy in the store.  The only thing I don't love about  growing potatoes is harvesting them.  Digging them is hard work, and I always seem to cut or damage a bunch of them with the shovel while I am digging them up, and that really makes me mad!

Then one day I was shopping around in Amazon's garden section (they have some really cool stuff) and I saw these Smart Pot planter bags.  I was thinking "What?  How can you plant in a bag?"  So I read the reviews and I was amazed!  People were planting tomatoes, beans, cucumbers and yes, even potatoes in them!  In fact, they are recommended as being perfect for growing potatoes more than any other vegetable.  Let me explain why.

When growing potatoes in a bag, you start out by folding down the sides so the bag is only half as tall as it usually is.  Put 4 inches of dirt in the bottom.  Take your sprouted potatoes that you cut up and let dry for 24 hours, and put them in the dirt, eyes up.  I put 4 of them in a 20 gallon bag.

Cover the potatoes in two inches of dirt and keep watered.  When the plants come up, let them grow to about 6 inches, and then add two more inches of dirt.  When they grow up to 6 inches again, add two more inches of dirt.  Make sure to roll the bag up to make it taller, as you add dirt..  When your dirt is two inches from the top of the bag, stop adding dirt and just keep them watered.  When the plants begin to die and turn yellow, wait about two weeks to harvest.

Now comes the really cool part!  To harvest your potatoes, all you have to do is to upend the bag and dump the whole thing into a wheel barrow.  Search through the dirt and pick out your potatoes.  It's just that simple.  So much faster and easier and better on your back than traditional harvesting.

Another great thing is that you can grow potatoes anywhere!  On your balcony, your patio, your deck, anywhere that you have a room for a bag and sunlight.  You are not prevented from growing your own food anymore, simply because you don't have land to till.

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My planting bags on my deck with potato plants in them.
My planting bags on my deck with potato plants in them.

Videos Showing Smart Pots

A few videos showing the ease of use that smart pots offer and why they are superior to plastic or clay pots.

What do you think about growing potatoes in a bag?  Would you like to try it?

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    Sara Duggan 3 years ago from California

    You make it sound so very simple. Makes me want to grow potatoes right now. So, all I have to do is have potatoes, wait till they get those sprouts on them, cut them up and plant them?

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    June Parker 3 years ago from New York

    A really nicely done Hub, with lots of information from both you and the videos.

    I use big pots for potatoes because small ones don't give me enough yield. Like the yield from the smart pot in the 1st video, I only get a couple of handfuls of small potatoes in small pots. In a big pot I just keep adding dirt as the potatoes grow, just like you do with these bags and I get 3 to 4 times the yield. I don't have the room to set up more than two pots of potatoes like the guy in the video.

    At the end of the season, I turn the pot upside down and pull out the potatoes. The dirt gets dumped into the compost pile.

    This smart pot sounds interesting, but a bit pricey for the one on Amazon. For the cost of only one smart pot I could buy enough potatoes to last the two of us 6 months. I grow all my own veggies every year because it healthier, taste better and to save money.

    I can take a potato I grew last year, cut it into 6 pieces and have 6 plants, reuse a container, or put it in the ground (I do have a small bit of yard garden space to play with) and it hasn't cost me a cent. My growing medium comes from my compost pile so that doesn't cost anything either.

    And yes, I do it all from an apartment! LOL. But that is just me.

    I wonder how stable these bags will be on an apartment deck when say a tomato plant gets really big? I think it would be OK for an determinate tomato plant, but not an indeterminate. It is no fun if a big bag of dirt tips over and makes a mess.

    I think they can be a good thing if there isn't a lot of room for storage in your apartment since they can be folded up and stored for the next year, where storing regular pots does take up a lot of room.

    Thanks so much for sharing your success. It does give me something to think about. The pros for me are storage and the ability to wash them. If they hold up from washing they just might pay off over the long run for smaller plants.

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    Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

    Wanted to stop back by and say I ordered two of these fabric pots. Today I transplanted two tomato plants in one. Tomorrow I'll plant the purple sweet potatoes in the other. (The cut up potato with eyes is drying out as I speak.) :) Very excited to try these out!

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    Scindhia 3 years ago from Chennai

    What a great tip! Interesting review.

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    Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    what a fabulous tip! Never knew this could be done! very helpful!

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    Tracey Boyer 3 years ago from Michigan

    @Pam Irie: I didn't know that, thanks!

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    Tracey Boyer 3 years ago from Michigan

    @GrammieOlivia: Thank you for sharing!

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    Tracey Boyer 3 years ago from Michigan

    @Adventuretravels: I agree, and thank you!

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    GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

    Great Idea! I Love it! Who says you can only grow stuff in gardens? If it holds dirt, it will grow a bunch of stuff! Good Stuff! Sharing this with the Weekend Gardeners for sure.......nice job!

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    Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

    I love this - it seems a really cool thing to do and I know that home grown potatoes taste a lot better than the ones we buy. Great lens.

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    Ruthi 3 years ago

    Now this is a unique garden product! (One I wish I'd have thought of, too.) I could line these up in that porch swinch nobody uses, ha! I took a look at that Big Bag Bed too. I may just have to try this system out on an edible or two.

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    Alrady 3 years ago

    way cool going to try it with potatoes

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    Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

    Wow, I learned a lot here! I think I will try this method for the purple potatoes as they are paleo friendly. Thank YOU! :)