Growing potatoes in containers rather than beds does away with the challenge of digging to harvest and ensuring you haven’t missed any potatoes that will return unplanned next year. Harvesting potatoes grown in containers is easy: simply tip your container onto a tarp and pull out your potatoes. There are no worries about some being missed or reseeding either as they’re easier to spot.  Another benefit of finding out how to grow potatoes in a container is that anyone can do it. You don’t even need a garden, you can easily grow potatoes on a balcony or in a courtyard.  Whether you want a quick and easy method or are looking to experiment with different varieties that you can’t buy in the supermarket, here, we explain how to grow potatoes in a container – our full step-by-step guide to how to grow potatoes has tons more tips, including advice on chitting, too.

How to grow potatoes in a container

There are several different options for choosing containers in which to grow potatoes – these range from purpose-built potato pots to DIY upcycled approaches. No matter which container you decide to grow your potatoes in the general method is much the same. To grow potatoes in a bag ensure it is at least 8 to 10 gallons, though you can use larger bags if you prefer.

Planting potatoes in a tire

If you are looking for a low-cost, sustainable method to how to grow potatoes in a container then old tires are the perfect solution. For this method you will need compost, seed potatoes and several clean tires.

Can you grow potatoes in a 5 gallon bucket?

You can grow potatoes in a 5 gallon bucket but be sure to drill holes in the bottom of your bucket to ensure it has good drainage. You can then fill the container with compost and plant two potatoes per 5 gallon bucket and ’then plant about 8 inches deep with the eyes facing up, but only top with 4 inches of soil. Add more soil as the plant grows,’ advises gardening expert, Leigh Clapp.  This method applies to any pot – whether you use a large traditional plant pot or even upcycle a trash-can. Just ensure that whichever pot you use, it has ample drainage holes to prevent your plant becoming waterlogged and your potatoes rotting.

How many potatoes can I plant in a container?

The number of potatoes you can plant in a container depends on the size of the container. When figuring out how many gallons of space you need, follow the rule that each potato plant needs about 2.5 gallons. So a 5 gallon bucket will support two potato plants while 10 gallon bag will cater to four potato plants. It completely depends on how many potatoes you wish to harvest. 

How long do potatoes take to grow in a container?

It takes 10 to 13 weeks for potatoes to grow in a container from planting the chitted potatoes, advises PL’s garden expert Leigh Clapp.  However, the exact amount of time from planting to when you harvest potatoes also depends on what type of potatoes they are. First early potatoes are the quickest to harvest needing only 10 weeks while maincrop potatoes are the longest to harvest and take up to 20 weeks from planting.