How To Make Seed Potatoes: A Step-By-Step Tutorial
For you as a hard-core, passionate gardener, you are probably interested in experimenting with all sorts of different crops and plants every so often, to explore and expand your palate in all things culinary and so forth.
That being said, you have recently been interested in trying your hand at growing potatoes, particularly through its seed version.
Compared with tomatoes and carrots, you have found potatoes a bit different when it comes to growing, especially through seed potatoes: hence, you might be unsure just how to get started, and at the moment, you might be stump.
However, there is no need to be afraid: we are here to help you out! Read on to learn more in this article on how to make seed potatoes to help you grow the biggest, best potatoes for the next hearty meal at home.
We will give you a step-by-step tutorial of what you will need to do in order to achieve this, and soon enough, you should be well on your way to a successful potato garden. Without further ado, let us get right down to it!
Things You Will Need For This Tutorial
While you are unsure just how to go about getting started preparing seed potatoes for planting, you might be surprised to find out that it is not as different as you had originally thought it out to be.
Even more so, there are not a whole lot of items to get started, let alone highly-technical ones. It is a simple project that just about anyone can carry out, and so here are the materials you will need to get started with this tutorial:
Of course, you will need potatoes to get started with this project, since it will be the item that you eventually plant later on! A general rule of thumb is to find those which are big, full, and healthy-looking, to ensure that they will be the best candidates for growing.
#2. Sharp Knife
This item can be small, such as a pocket knife. In essence, it will be used to prepare the seed potatoes, since you will basically be cutting off the dimples (aka “eyes”) of the potatoes to create them. As long as it is sharp enough and efficient, it should not be a problem.
This item, along with the other ones below, applies after you prepare the seed potatoes. A rich, loamy soil is the way to go for successfully growing potatoes, so finding a good one at your local hardware and gardening store will be imperative for yielding a good amount of healthy crops.
Along with soil, having fertilizer will boost the nutritional and health-value of your potatoes like no other, as well as helping them grow big and earthy.
Usually, potatoes prefer fertilizers with a pH of 5.0, so slightly acidic. It is possible to go up to pH 6.5, but the more acidic it is, the better it will grow.
For more information on how to choose the best fertilizer for your garden, please check out this article.
It is no secret that water is the essence of life; when it comes to cultivating just about any crop out there, you will most certainly need water in order to nourish the soil and subsequently the seed itself.
Finally, sunlight will be your friend, as means of being used before and after preparing seed potatoes. Sunlight is necessary beforehand to create dimples, or “eyes” on the potatoes to be cut off and used as seed potatoes and afterwards to grow them effectively.
From all these items listed, using all of them will guarantee a solid, potato-growing experience that you will find enjoyable within the comforts of your backyard.
Step-by-step Tutorial: How To Make (And Grow) Seed Potatoes
Now that you have all the necessary items for this project, it is time to get started! Down below, we give you a detailed look into how to prepare, plant, and eventually grow your seed potatoes. Let’s go!
All in all, making seed potatoes is not as difficult as you might imagine it to be- in fact, they can be quite manageable to do!
Considering that all you need are just a few items, seed potatoes are a wonderfully inexpensive way to cultivate your own potatoes for your next big dinner, and by knowing what to expect, you can be sure to have a successful harvest.
I hope you find this helpful. Happy Gardening!