Potato Plants

Potato Plants Did Not Produce Potatoes

Anonymous added on August 30, 2017 | Answered

We live in Cleveland, Ohio and planted potato tuber seeds in a potato container bag using bagged soil. We have successfully used these container bags in prior years. More dirt was added when the stems emerged from the dirt. The plants continued to grow but much faster than usual. The stalks grew so tall (2-3 feet) they fell over the top of the containers. The plants never flowered. Some of the leaves started to curl. We did not get any potatoes. It was a very hot summer for us in Cleveland. What did we do wrong? Is it too late to plant again? We don’t want this to happen again. Thanks for any help you can provide. Lillian

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Answered on August 31, 2017

I have read that some potato bag designs can cause the soil to heat up so much that the tubers do not form. The very hot summer probably contributed to the problem, as you mention... my potato plants in the ground also had trouble with the heat and drought in NYS. If you have had luck before with the same bags, I would think the weather made the difference.

As for planting again, it is possible to grow fall potatoes with a quick-growing (early) variety, but it might already be too late for this year.

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