by johnah on November 5, 2020
The first thing you need to know about potato plant blooming is that it’s not just some random event happening randomly. There are certain conditions which make the chance of a potato plant blossoming higher or lower than others. For example, if you have a cold winter then your chances of having a blossom will be much lower. If you grow potatoes in soil with high levels of nutrients (like those found in compost) then they’ll bloom sooner rather than later. You can also get rid of a potato plant blooming by removing its fruit.
Potato Plant Flowers: What They Are And How To Get Them
A potato plant flower is a tuberous root system that produces small white flowers called petals. These petals contain carbohydrates and sugar, which are converted into alcohol and carbon dioxide gas during photosynthesis.
When these gases rise up through the air, they create a scent known as the “flowery smell.”
These tiny flowers are so small that they’re easily missed when looking at a potato plant. However, there are several ways to identify them.
First off, look for the white petal shape. Next, look for the color of the petals. Finally, look for the shape of the flower itself; most often they resemble little hearts or stars.
When you see one of these tiny flowers growing out from a potato plant, you’ll know it’s doing well! If you see something like this, make sure to take a picture of it and share it with friends or family members.
This is a great way to show people how well-nourished your soil is!
How To Get A Potato Plant To Blossom
With the information you’ve just read, you might be wondering if you can get one of your potato plants to blossom. In fact, it’s not at all uncommon for new gardeners to experience a potato plant flower.
The good thing is that it’s very easy to do; all you have to do is follow these steps:
Water your soil well. Fertilize your plants with a high nitrogen fertilizer.
This will help them grow faster and larger. Wait for the right temperature and humidity levels (which is usually around midnight). This is when the conditions are right for photosynthesis. Look carefully at your potatoes, specifically the flowers or buds. The flower must be white and the stem green. If these conditions aren’t met, then the plant isn’t ready to blossom yet. Wait another day or two and try again. Pick off the petals one by one and throw them away. This is necessary because they’ll just wither and die after they’ve been plucked.
Harvesting The Potato Sack
After a couple of months, you can harvest your potatoes. You might’ve noticed some potatoes growing bigger than others.
These are the ones you’ll want to pick first. After you’ve picked the biggest potatoes, move on to the medium-sized ones, and stop when you get to the smallest ones.
When harvesting your potatoes, simply pull them out of the soil using both hands or a shovel. If the soil is wet enough, you can even pick them out by hand.
What’s The Best Way To Store Them?
After harvesting your potatoes, you’ll need to store them correctly if you want them to last until the next growing season. There are a couple of different ways to do this, but the easiest way is by keeping them in a dark and cool place.
If you have a spare refrigerator or freezer, keep the spuds in there! If not, keep them in a box in a dark place like a closet.
Make sure you keep the box closed at all times though. You don’t want any bugs or rodents to get in there!
Another way you can store your potatoes is by keeping them in a dark and cool area outside, like a pit or even a hollowed out hole in the ground. Make sure to keep the place covered though; otherwise, it’ll spoil.
Finally, you can leave your potatoes out in the open as long as you keep the bat flies away from them. Bat flies are attracted to the scent of a potato and will lay their eggs in it, which will cause the potato to spoil.
A Few Last Minute Notes
The advice given above is meant as a guideline, not as an absolute rule for growing potatoes. Everyone has a different environment, and you might need to make adjustments to the advice in this article in order to get the best results.
Be observant and try new things. After all, that’s how we’ve evolved as a species!
As your experience growing potatoes increases, so will your success rate. You’ll find yourself growing potatoes like a pro in no time.
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