Top Questions About Container Potato Plants

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Questions About Container Potato Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
May 14, 2011

Q. Potato Leaves

I planted potatoes in grow bags in early March and they are growing like wild fire. The leaves are about four feet high and very healthy. My friend says that you can eat the leaves, but I say no. Who is right?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 14, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Actually, you are right. Potato leaves, along with the stem as well as green potatoes, are considered poisonous. They contain a toxin called solanine. Solanine can cause nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps, burning of the throat, headaches and dizziness. Hallucinations, loss of sensation, and paralysis, fever, jaundice, dilated pupils and hypothermia have been reported in severe cases. In large quantities, solanine poisoning can even cause death. So tell your friend not to eat these leaves!

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Asked by
Finnyshadow on
May 17, 2011

Q. Growing Potatoes

I’m growing potatoes in a bin and they have reached the top of the bin. What I would like to know is if I built it higher, would you get more potatoes if the plants grow taller?

Answered by
Heather on
May 19, 2011
Certified Expert
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Yes, you will. It is a common practice to build up soil around a potato plant as it grows.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 28, 2011

Q. A Tree in a Container

I am growing a potato bush that was trained to be a tree. I have this tree in a container on my patio. About 1-2 months ago,  I pulled it outside when the weather warmed up and a couple days later all the new leaves it had just started growing all fell off. A week later we had a wind storm and knocked it over! After that nothing was growing back, till about a week ago, but only in two small spots at the bottom. The rest of it has no sign of life at all. Should I take all the small branches off and start all over, or should I just get a bigger container for it?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 29, 2011
Certified Expert
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First, it is normal for plants to drop leaves when they are relocated to another area; however, this should be a gradual adjustment to minimize stress on the plant. Nonetheless, they usually regrow their foliage once acclimated to their new surroundings. You could consider pruning the plant down to the new growth and make sure it is located in a wind-protected area. This article may help as well: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/growing-trees-in-containers.htm

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Answered by
carrielovesflowers on
May 28, 2011
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Wait a bit and see if you get any growth anyplace else before trimming off the twigs that seem dead. Sounds like it got too cold and killed your spring growth. Dont traumatize it any more until it gets going again!!

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 9, 2011

Q. Growing Potatoes

I am planning to live in the Philippines next year. I am not a gardener but want to learn. In the Philippines there is 12 hrs. sun and dark each day all year round. It is also very hot – 27 C or higher all year. I want to learn to grow potatoes in a container/bag or in straw. Is it possible to grow potatoes in a very hot climate? And in straw? I will be living close to the sea. Can I use sea weed to fertilize? I hope you can help me to get started.

Asked by
jfairall on
June 29, 2014

Q. I overdid my container potatoes!

I planted potatoes in large planting pots (but not 5-gallon containers) and they are going crazy – at least the leaves and stems are. I keep adding a lightweight planting mixture but I am afraid they are totally overcrowded. Is there any help? I did grow potatoes before in northern Minnesota in big containers and they were fine, but the season up there is short and the temps are much cooler.

Answered by
jfairall on
June 29, 2014
A.

Thank you!

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Answered by
theficuswrangler on
June 29, 2014
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I think you should just keep on as you have bee, watering and all, and see what happens. Gardening is a never-ending learning experience. This article might have something useful in it for you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/potato/container-potatoes.htm

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Asked by
Carlisle97 on
May 25, 2015
Alaska

Q. potatoes for bin growing

Potatoes that set fruit only once do not do well in bins. I need potatoes that set fruit more than once for bin growing.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 26, 2015
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Asked by
xdementedlovex on
June 24, 2015
I think zone 7, I'm in north central texas

Q. When to add soil

This year is my first year to grow potatoes in a container (bucket to be precise) and although they are nice and green and sprouting, they are growing at clearly different rates. For instance, one is 8 1/2 inches long, another is about 6 inches long, and the last one is only a mere inch! My concern is that when it is time to add more soil I’ll be covering up the bitty one. What should I do?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 24, 2015
Certified Expert
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You continue to add soil as the plants appear.

Here is a great link with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/potato/container-potatoes.htm

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