Hey everybody! Today, we are going to teach you how to grow potatoes indoors. If you’re a beginner and want to learn how to grow this, so you can also read this. So, without any further delay let’s start…
Topics covered in this article:
- Selecting Potatoes
- Require Grow Light Bulbs
How To Grow Potatoes Indoors
There are two different kinds of varieties of containers that you can do. Actually, you can use any container, there is no standard requirement for containers. The only requirement is container has to be deep. You can grow your potatoes in containers outside, so then bring them into your greenhouse or whatever you want. So, they’re kind of versatile.
I use a spade bit when I drill holes into my container for my gardening. So, you are gonna drill some holes into the bottom of your container. Using containers that have an uneven base that you have to drill the holes in the plate all of them. This is the deepest part and the water will accumulate. So, make sure to put holes evenly everywhere. Either you can use a small drill or a larger one. I would recommend you to buy a readymade planting container then you won’t have to do that kind of stuff.
No 01: Selecting Potatoes
When picking or selecting what kind of potatoes you can use for your container, generally not advised to just buy your standard potatoes from a supermarket. Since what they do is when they grow these potatoes, they spray the plants, they spray pesticides and something that prevents them from growing. Prevents them from seeding enough where you can grow your own. They get stunted if they even grow at all. You can go to your home improvement store and buy seed potatoes. If you’re gonna buy them from supermarkets, get them organic because they will not be sprayed with anything. You will have a better chance of growing them indoors or outdoors in your containers or whatever because they’re not sprayed.
What you do is if you want to get them to sprout up and growth. They like to sprout in a cool dark place, you will start to grow it very well. There are two ways of planting these kinds of potatoes. The one you can leave them whole that’s totally doable. You can just drop this in the soil, no problem, sounds pretty because you can. The other way is if you notice on your potato, you would have there, kind of an eyeball whatever you want to call. It’s an eye to sprout, you can split that. When it’s been sprouted and cut over or you can leave them whole. It’s up to you but I would suggest and just don’t plant them right in the dirt. What you do is you leave them on your counter for 1 day and just let them callus, dry over. Then, you can put it in the soil.
No 02: Layering
Just keep something to hold the water that drains off in the bottom of the containers. I want to say at least 6 to 8 inches on. Remember, don’t fill up the entire bin with soil. So, after you filled up with a little bit of soil maybe like 6 to 8 inches from the bottom. Now, you have to add perlite to your soil for added drainage. Remember, I am talking about drainage. Then, add some worm castings, you need some sort of fertilizer. These potatoes are gonna be heavy feeders. You can add liquid fertilizer. Then, add that extra potassium that these potatoes are gonna need.
You can put the potatoes in the whole that’s cool or remember you can cut them let them dry off and put them in there to whatever you want. You will need to add more layers of the soil as the plant grows. After sowing, just add the remaining soil to cover the potatoes. Cover them up and that’s it. Of course, you have to water them a bit, so they don’t stay dry. That will kind of defeat the purpose of all this because all plants need water.
No 03: Require Grow
Keep in mind that if you’re gonna grow the containers indoors, you’re gonna need bright light bulbs. You need some high full-spectrum grow lights. I mean you can’t find grow bulbs, the full spectrum of course, in your home improvement stores, they are a little smaller though. So, you would have to have that light right directly on top of your container.
After a while, you will have a bunch of sprouts, potato sprouts coming up. What you’re gonna do is you’re gonna take some soil and you’re gonna put it around the stem. You are going to level up your plants by adding soil around the stem. You are layering because you will get more potatoes if you do this. As the plant grows you have to add more soil, so eventually, after a while the container will be filled with soil and you will have layers and layers of potatoes.
These potatoes will take approximately at least a few weeks to start sprouting. So, it’s a waiting game and once again plants teach you patience. You can’t rush the process as much as you want to. I tried but it didn’t work that way. You can grow in any container or bin that you want. Whether it be a regular house bin for storage, a cat litter box as a bin whatever works.
Hope so guys you liked reading this article. I tried my best as much as possible ways to make you understand everything clearly so hopefully, this article is gonna be helpful for you in how to grow potatoes indoors. Keep visiting us to learn many more things. Have a nice day!
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