Picking A Container For Growing Potatoes
You can grow potatoes in almost any kind of container as long as it is big enough. It needs to hold at least ten gallons of potting soil to have sufficient room for a decent harvest of potatoes.
Fabric Containers – We show below a number of fabric containers designed to grow potatoes. These fabrics allow air into the root area and drain so well it is impossible to have water standing in the container.
Plastic Containers – 10 to 20 gallon plastic garbage cans or large plastic storage tubs work well for growing potatoes. Plastic garbage cans and storage tubs can be covered to store the soil in for the next year. Simply take your plastic garbage can or tub and drill several holes in the bottom for drainage.
Proper Soil For Growing Potatoes in Containers
You don’t want to use plain garden soil exclusively in a container; it is too dense and will compact. You can find potting mixes in 40 lb. bags in most garden centers.
A good mixture is
- 1/3 real soil,
- 1/3 soilless potting mix, and
- 1/3 finished compost.
Add ½ cup of granular organic fertilizer to every 10 gallons of container mix.