Potatoes is good for and are filled with half the day’s requirement of vitamins C and B6, and almost half of the potassium. They’re also a good source of fiber, folate, niacin, thiamin, magnesium etc. What if you could grow it on your own home with a tight space and get a decent yield. Think growing your own spuds isn’t worth the time and effort? You may not be able to be self-sufficient in potatoes with this growing method, but hey you will get delicious potatoes. The texture is medium starch, slightly creamy and slightly dense with a delicate skin.

Potatoes are a huge staple crop of many different cultures and peoples. People have grown potatoes for centuries all over the world. There are at least one hundred varieties of seed potatoes and many different ways to eat them. Better yet, there are many ways to grow them, and among those is the topic of the day: growing potatoes in a bucket!

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I plant a little potato,
It'll take 100 days to grow a new potato,
It's a slow process,
 
Take a 18 liter /5-gallon bucket,
I had a budget of using 10 dollars,
Got this for free and shovel 5 inches of compost,
Plant a potato, and fill the rest with soil,
 
And set it and forget it.
Just remember to water it a couple of times.
1-2 inches deep for every week.
 
And harvest when the weather tell you,
Wait until the tops of the vines have died,
Before you begin harvesting.
When the vines are dead, it is a sign.
That potatoes have finished growing.

And voila potatoes,
nutritious and delicious.

But if you are here for the actually growing part – here is how to grow potatoes from potatoes.

If you are like me, you have a tight space for growing something and it can be hard to grow something in small spaces, but potatoes can be grown from a 18/5 gallons or if you have a larger space – first of all, congratulation cause you can just dig a hole and it’s just a set it and forget it crop, and just let the nature be there. But if you’re indoors you can’t really do that, unless you have some planed strategy.

Store-bought potatoes are cheap and plentiful, but they may contain some trace amounts of pesticides. New potatoes are the most at risk for this because they’re harvested closer to the time pesticides are applied. This is just one reason many people decide to grow their own potatoes.

Novice gardeners may be deterred by the care potatoes take to grow, but it’s not as hard as it may look. Thankfully for them, potatoes live well in containers, bags, pots, buckets, or in the ground. 

If you’re interested in growing potatoes, but you’re not sure if it’s right for you, cultivating potatoes in a 5-gallon bucket is a great way to experiment. This method doesn’t require a lot of prior gardening knowledge, nor does it require a lot of effort. As long as your soil is amended with compost, you’re good. In buckets, you can grow potatoes in a multitude of settings.

You first fill the 4-5 inches (10 cm -15 cm) of the bucket with compost/soil, and remember that the potato eyes should face up-ward.

Sun, temperature, and water 

You need a full sun location to grow potatoes in a 5-gallon container. Ideal temperatures for potatoes are between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit (15-21 celsius), but most will do well in 50 to 80 degrees (10-26 celsius). Since you’re growing in a bucket, if you plant in early spring at a time when a freeze is predicted, you can move your bucket into a warmer location indoors. Generally, wait and plant two to three weeks before the last frost. 

Potatoes need consistent water until the foliage starts to die back. When the foliage dies back, stop watering to prevent tuber rot. When the foliage grows, water your potato container regularly to prevent the soil from drying out. Always water at the base of plants to prevent molds and mildews on the leaves. 

To check to see if watering is necessary, insert your finger in the top couple inches of the soil. If it’s dry, it’s time to water. Since you’re working with a container, it may be easiest to water properly with a watering can. If you don’t have one, purchase one at a nearby hardware store. 

Pruning and Propagation

When the foliage begins to brown and die back, prune it away in preparation for harvest. Of course, if any leaves are damaged in the time your tubers are growing, remove them as needed. You can keep the cycle of growth going by sprouting some of your harvested spuds. The best way to sprout potatoes is to do nothing. Wait for them to sprout, and you’ll be on your way to the next potato growing season. Wait too long, though, and they’ll rot.  

And yeah, it’s very easy to grow potatoes. And it is essentially a crop that you set it and forget it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many pounds of potatoes can you grow in a 5-gallon bucket?

A: A five-gallon bucket will give you about two pounds of potatoes. It’s a fun and no-fuss method of gardening! 

Q: How long does it take potatoes to grow in a bucket?

A: It takes about two to three months from the time you planted potatoes to harvest.

And if you have any specific question, write it in the comment.