Back in January, I started a plant from a potato that had started to sprout in my veggie drawer. Since it was growing really well, I decided to transfer it to a new roomier pot and put it outside near the garden beds. I’ve grown potatoes before and its always lots of fun, because when you are ready to harvest them, it becomes a treasure hunt trying to find them.
I got my supplies together so that I could transplant the little guy to its new home.
While transplanting it, I was loosening some of the dirt and found a small surprise waiting for me. The plant had already produced a small potato about the size of a fingerling.
I filled the new pot with about 3″ of soil and carefully put the plant and baby on top. I added more soil until it came up to the plant’s base. At that point I decided to add a couple more potatoes that had started to sprout in the veggie drawer.
I continued adding more soil until the potatoes were covered and about 3-4″ of the plant was left above the soil line. I put the pot in full sun and watered it. As the plant continues to grow, I will continue to add more soil. Always leaving about 3-4″ exposed. Once I get to the top of the container, I can transfer it again or leave it alone and let the plant grow naturally. When the plant starts to die back at the end of the season, just dump the pot over and hunt for the potatoes.
As you can see in the photo, I still have a long way to go before reaching the top of the pot. As you add more soil, it will send out more shoots and produce more potatoes. This process is called hilling.