Plant Care Potato

Potato

4.9 out of 5 (8 experiences)

Potato has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Potato has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

Also known as

White Potato, Potato Plant and Clancy Potato

Taxonomy

Solanum tuberosum
Solanum
Solanaceae
Solanales

How to care for Potato

💦 Water

How often to water your Potato

Water needs for Potato
0.5 cups
every 9

Potato needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Potato

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Potato in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Potato: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Potato love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Potato does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Potato in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Potato

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Potato: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Potato after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Potato is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Potato →

Common Potato Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Potato prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Potato Water Frequency →

Potato Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Potato requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Potato Light Requirements →

Potato Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Potato is extremely dangerous if consumed. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian immediately. Potato is not recommended for homes with children, cats, or dogs.

Potato Toxicity to Cats →

Potato Toxicity to Dogs →

Potato Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Potato doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Potato Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Potato does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Potato →

When and How to Successfully Repot Potato →


💩 Fertilizer

Potato is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.


🌎 Native Region

Potato is native to Worldwide.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Potato grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

How and When to Prune Potato →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Potato can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 2a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Potato Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Potato can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

How to Propagate Potato →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Potato

Potato

Potato


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Potato has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 7
Potato has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
Potato has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 5
Potato has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Potato has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Abi avatar
@Abi
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 57 XP
globe West Bathurst, New South Wales
08/22/2021

nice potato😈

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Megan avatar
@Megan
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 94 XP
globe Midvale, UT
08/21/2021

i literally threw an old potato in some dirt and it absolutely took off.

Fast grower Fast grower
@BrandyLVSplants avatar
@@BrandyLVSplants
leaf-1 93 Plants
xp 6,167 XP
06/06/2021

Fun growing potatoes in my fish tank!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@aporterfield16 avatar
@@aporterfield16
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 1,400 XP
globe Franklin, PA
05/03/2021

MY FAV

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor

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