Potatoes are grown from seed potatoes, potato tubers that have sprouting buds on them.
Let’s grow potato step by step
Step1: Prep Potato for Plantation
Take a large potato with sprouting buds. 1 week before planting the potatoes place the seed potato (one with potato buds) in a warm spot. When the sprouts grow by 0.25 – 0.5 inches long, the potatoes are almost ready to be planted. Cut the large potato into two equal parts such that each part has at least to sprouting buds. Keep these cutted potato pieces in room temperature for 2-3 days.
Step 2: Prep the plant site
Prepare a mix of soil and WOOP organic vermicompost (take 2-3 scoops of Woop) and add to the pot.
Potato needs a lot of sunshine to grow and loose and loamy soil. WOOP will take care of the soil and you just have to decide the area in your backyard that receives good sunshine.
If planting in a pot, take 2 pots and place one into another, cutting the inside pot similar to the picture below.
Step 3: It’s time to plant the potatoes
Dig holes 3-4 inch deep each potato part at least 12inches apart. Place the potato seed in such a way that eye part faces upwards. Cover the seed with soil and water well
Step 4: Growing your potatoes
Water every day and add a Scoop of Woop every fortnight for healthy, happier plant growth.
Step 5: Harvest your potatoes
On an average, potatoes mature in about 50-70 plus days. One clue that they are ready is the leaves will turn yellow and die back. It’s best to leave them in the ground for 2-3 weeks after this point so that their skins toughen up. Use a gardening fork and your hands to dig your potatoes carefully
Step 6: Eat or store your potatoes
Brush off all the dirt, wash and enjoy them.
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