General Tips For Healthy Potatoes
* Don’t over water. Keep the soil moist(damp) but not soggy.
* Don’t plant potatoes and tomatoes near each other, they are both affected by the same diseases.
* Remove infected or diseased plants from the garden. Do not put them in your compost pile. Bag and send them to your local landfill.
* Remove all potato debris from the garden after harvest.
Planting Potato’s in containers. About.com Container Gardening
One of the most important steps the home gardener can take is to prevent disease. Many diseases are carried in the tubers used for planting, so disease prevention begins with the selection of healthy seed tubers. Always purchase certified seed potatoes for planting. Saving some of last year’s crop to plant is an invitation to many different diseases. Planting eating potatoes from the grocery shelf guarantees total failure, because these potatoes are treated with a sprout inhibitor and will not grow properly if they grow at all.
Common disease problems in home grown potatoes include foliage (leaf) diseases, wilts, diseases of young plants, tuber diseases, virus diseases, and diseases caused by mycoplasma-like organisms.
Potato Diseases In The Home Garden
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Harvesting and Storage Tips Potatoes can be harvested any time for eating. As the plants begin to mature at the end of the growing season, the vines will begin to yellow and die. If the potatoes are going to be stored instead of consumed immediately, it is important that the tubers be allowed to “harden” in the soil before digging. Hardening allows the skin to thicken, preventing storage diseases and shrinkage due to water loss. Vines should be killed or removed two weeks before digging the potatoes. A longer period of hardening will increase the amount of black scurf that may develop on the tubers and should be avoided. Vines can be killed by normal maturity, frost, pulling, or simply cutting the vines off at the soil line. Avoid bruises and injury during harvest, as these provide entry sites for storage diseases.
Growing potato’s in containers
About.com Container Gardening has a lot of really good information on how to grow potato’s in containers.
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