Growing potatoes in the Florida home garden

Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 01:40 PM.

Keep the container in a warm, sunny place.  As the plants grow, add more soil around the stems to give tubers room to expand, and keep the soil well watered.  Potatoes can also be grown using old tires.  The tires will add additional warmth early in the season, because they are black, the absorb heat.  When the potatoes grows to the top of the tire, place another tire on top and add soil or mulch over the plants, 5 to 6 inches of growth out of the mix.  Repeat up to 4 or 5 inches of growth out of the mix.  Repeat up to 4 or 5 tires high.

Varieties recommended for North Florida are the round white such as Atlantic, Sebago, and Superior, and the round reds like Red LaSoda and Red Pontiac.  Do not plant the long baking types as they grow poorly.

For more information on growing potatoes contact the Gulf County Extension Service at 639-3200 or visit our website or www. and see publication HS 933.

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