How To Plant Potato?
The first thing to remember when growing seed potatoes in the garden is that they need to be planted in soil with good drainage. They will not thrive if their roots are buried under too much dirt or sand. Soil type does matter because it affects the growth rate of your potato plants. Sand tends to hold water better than loam, so you want to use sand for your potting mix. Loam is less porous than sand, so it holds more moisture. You’ll want to choose a soil mixture that’s slightly acidic (pH between 6.0 and 7.5) for your potatoes’ health and well being. If your soil isn’t acidic enough, the pH level could drop too low, which would cause the potatoes to rot or even die before reaching maturity.
When you’re choosing a soil mix, look for one that contains organic material such as peat moss or composted manure. These materials tend to have high levels of humus, which helps retain water and nutrients in the soil. Organic matter also makes the soil more fertile and improves its ability to absorb rainwater. When using peat moss or other organic materials, make sure to read all labels carefully since some contain harmful chemicals.
To plant your potatoes, dig a hole twice the width of the seed potato and the same depth. If you’re planting more than one seed potato, make sure there is enough space between them for the vines to grow once they sprout. Carefully place the seed potatoes in the holes you’ve dug and cover with soil. Water the soil after planting your seed potatoes to keep the soil moist.
How To Grow Potato From Eyes?
If you’re growing seed potatoes from eyes, then you have to prepare the soil. Begin by raking the soil to break up any clumps. Use a garden fork or shovel to dig a hole three times as wide and just as deep as the container your seed potatoes are in. Ideally, the depth of the hole should be equal to roughly one third of the height of the container your seed potatoes came in. This will ensure there is enough room for the seed potatoes to sprout.
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