Re: [gardeners] potatoes

Allen Merten (
Fri, 2 Jun 2000 21:30:12 -0500

    Be sure to "dirt" your potatos. Pull loose dirt, compost, straw, etc. to
just under the leaves. Do this weekly or as often as necessary to keep the
potato plant nearly buried. All potatos will be made between the seed piece
and the top of the ground. "Dirting" makes the area in which the potatos
grow considerably larger. It also helps protect against insect pests that
bore into the stem and those that suck on the stem and the leaves.
    Keep your potatos evenly moist. If you have roller coaster dry to wet
spells it will cause the potatos to become deformed. Even moisture will help
prevent hollow heart and black heart.
    I fertilize my potatos once, at planting time. I bury the fertilizer 2-4
inches deeper than the seed pieces. I have found it difficult to "side
dress" potatos.
    Bastrop Co., SE Central TX
    Zone 8