How To Plant Potatoes


Potatoes that should to be sow in the soil called “seed potatoes.” A seed potato must have at least one eye to sprout. Plant certified disease-free seed potatoes. Supermarket potatoes have been chemically treated to prevent sprouting.

Plant potatoes in a hole or trench 4 inches deep and cover with 2 inches of soil. When sprouts emerge, add the remaining 2 inches of soil to the hole or trench. Sow seed potatoes 12 to 18 inches apart; space rows 24 to 36 inches apart. Potatoes also can be planted on top of the ground if covered with a 12-inch thick mulch of straw or hay.


Potatoes also can be grown in special potato growing barrels or stacked old tires. As the plant grows, layers of soil are added to cover the leaves and stems encouraging the plant to produce new tubers.