Posted 1Y ago by @verox

How to fix my potato plant?

On August 30th I planted my potato eyes in soil, I kept it in the garage because soon it's going to be cold and I didn't want them to not grow if I planted outdoors. I don't know anything about growing potatoes so I wasn't aware that I had to cover the green leaves over and over. Now they're out of control, Google said to cut them and that's what I did. Should I start over? This picture is before I cut and added more soil #potato
What does the plant look like now that you've cut it?

Personally, I think it would be fun to wait it out and see how it grows. οΏΌοΏΌ
Basically just a pot full of soil but I didn't dig the potatoes up, I'm nervous to wait since I heard that if you don't care for them correctly then the potatoes can be toxic to eat. I'm not much of a gardener so this is a first time for everything
@sarahsalith I probably should've tagged you in the response!
@verox if you are planting potatoes to harvest, you might have to pot them in a deeper pot.

Usually, I have seen people plant them in 5 gallon buckets, so the potatoes have a chance to grow.

Since it's in a smaller pot, I'm not sure how much space they'll have. Potatoes that are not fully developed will taste bad so you won't want to actually eat them; you'll be able to tell how mature the roots are once you pull them up.

If you are growing them with the intention of eating them, personally, I would start over.οΏΌ

However, in the meantime, I still think this is a great experimentοΏΌ. You'll learn more about how the plants grow and if you can grow them in the garage successfully.
@sarahsalith That's what I was afraid of, I borrowed this big pot from a family member since I thought that it would work but if I start over would using the same soil be a bad idea?
@verox I don't think reusing the soil is a bad idea in most cases; I do it frequently if the plant doesn't have pests or the roots aren't rotted.

I would get a five gallon bucket and maybe a big spoon or scoop or spatula and try not to disturb the roots as much as possible when you transfer.

πŸ˜„ I love that we can learn from plants and our mistakes and it just helps us to be better next time. (I've killed a LOT of plants πŸ˜‰)
@sarahsalith Thank you for the advice, I didn't know what to do and Google wasn't too specific. I tried finding an app that could help me but I didn't want to pay a fee to get advice. Hopefully my next attempt is better!