How to Grow Potatoes on a Balcony

by balconyboss

Potatoes are a hearty and filling root vegetable that are perfect for everything from soups and stews to making your own homemade French fries and so much more. If you want to grow your own potatoes and live in an apartment or condo with a balcony, then make sure to take a look at the following guide that will help you learn how to grow them in your space.

Before Getting Started

The following is some essential information you need to know before growing potatoes on your balcony.

  • Climate: Potatoes thrive best in moderate temperatures of about 56 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. They can wither if there is too much heat and they may not thrive if the temperature is too cold. They are best planted in the early spring, as long as the temperature is at least 45 degrees Fahrenheit. If you live somewhere with large temperature swings, potatoes are not ideal for you.
  • Sunlight: Potatoes need full sun to thrive. They will need at least 6 hours of full sunlight per day, and do best without being grown in the partial shade unless absolutely necessary.
  • Planter: You will need a large planter or container to grow potatoes on a balcony. A pot should be at least 10 gallons, and a container should be at least 16 inches in diameter and 16 inches tall.
  • Indoors or Outdoors? Potatoes can be grown indoors, but they thrive best outdoors when grow with direct sunlight. If you are able to grow potatoes in an indoor area with access to full sunlight, then you may give them a try inside.

What You’ll Need

Here are some basic supplies you’ll need to grow potatoes on a balcony.

  • Seed potatoes
  • Soil
  • Container
  • Fertilizer
  • Seed potatoes

Step by Step Instructions

The following are step by step instructions to get you started.

1. Prepare your container

First, create a mixture of high quality soil and some high quality fertilizer. Fill your container and water the soil until it is moist. Leave at least a few inches of room in the opt.

2. Prepare your seeds and plant them

Then, take your seed Potatoes and cut them into 2″ pieces with eyes; if the potatoes are 2″ or smaller, you can plant them without cutting. Plant your seed potatoes about 5 inches apart and make sure they are at least 3 inches deep..

3. Continue caring for your potatoes

Once the plants reach about 7 inches, cover them with more soil. You will know your potatoes are ready to harvest when the plants are flowered and yellow. Wait a week, and then dig out the potatoes.

Growing Notes

  • Water: Potatoes should be watered every 4-5 days to that the soil is moist. When your potato plant forms tubers, water it every 2-3 days. When it gets closer to harvest time (ie., the potato leaves/flowers are yellow) then start scaling back the watering frequency.
  • Growth: It will take about 120 days to go from planting your seed potatoes to a harvest-ready crop.
  • Maintenance: Potatoes do not need much maintenance. Keep an eye out for issues and regularly inspect for signs of rot, as potatoes are vulnerable to root rot.