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.

From tomatoes to carrots, you have already done your fair share of planting and cultivating all sorts of crops, and at this point, there is no stopping you now.

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:​

​#1. Potatoes


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.

​#3. Soil

Peat Moss

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.

​#4. Fertilizer

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.​

​#5. Water


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.

​#6. Sunlight


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!


Obtain Your Potatoes


First things first, you will need to gather a few potatoes to get started with this task. Usually, it is a good idea to buy organic potatoes over the grocery-store variety, since the former can actually sprout to produce the eyes for seed potatoes.

When looking for good ones, check for plenty of dimples in them, since those are where the sprouts will come in.


Place Them In Sunlight

To allow for the potatoes to sprout eyes, you will have to place them in sunlight for about one to two weeks to let it happen.

Pretty soon, you will slowly start to see the eyes forming on the potatoes, meaning that they are ready to be turned into seed potatoes.


Cut The Potatoes

Each sprout, or “eye,” is basically a seed of the potato, which has growing properties to help plant more potatoes down the line.

That said, use your knife and cut off one to two eyes within the same region, not individually. Be sure to save some space for the actual part of the potato to make it big and worth the time spent doing so.


Plant The Potatoes


Once the seed potatoes are prepared, it is time to get planting! Prepare the soil inside your garden, and one by one, place your seed potatoes just a bit deep into it. Cover them up with soil, and wait to see the transformation over time.


Fertilize And Water

At the same time, however, you will need to add, once again, fertilizer to enrich the earth with nutrients and other properties to make your potatoes today- despite the potential smell, it has to be done.

​In addition, the potatoes will need a good amount of watering to keeping it growing. Actually, as long as it is well-watered, with amount of 8 to 10 inches thick to create a damp soil, then that way is the way to go and harvest successful potatoes!


Harvest The Potatoes


Finally, after some time, you have accomplished the project by having a few freshly-grown potatoes to call your own.

All you need to do now is take them from their roots, pat away any excess dirt on the outside, and keep them stored in a cool, dry, and dark place (e.g. cellars) until it is time to prepare some lovely, delicious meals with them.

From boiled to baked to mashed and everything in between, potatoes are wonderfully versatile for a simple, but hearty meal.


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!​

Shary Saunders

Shary Saunders is the founder and chief editor of Gardening and landscaping have been her passion for years. You can find Shary on Twitter at @SharySaunders. Read more about Shary here.

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