Potato Planting...Possible in Cali?
I will admit to being a Newbie when it comes to gardening. I try to do things correctly, but am becoming increasingly frustrated that so many things seem to fly over my head with gardening, but most frustrated at potato planting.
I have tried three times, unsuccessfully to plant potatoes. All times were in the potato bags (bought from GardenerSupply), which could be my problem, but I don't have much space for in-ground planting.
I have tried three seperate potato farms (some as far away as Maine) & all potatoes have rotted, or just not produced much of anything. I read to try to incorporate a fertilizer called SulPoMag since it has no nitrogen & potatoes don't need much nitrogen at all. During my most recent potato attempt, I incorporated SulPoMag to the soil I was using & on my last attempt received Yukon & Red seed potatoes. The yukons failed to produce eyes & actually molded (in one week of storage) while I was trying to have an eye pop out. My reds produced eyes so I cut like the potato farm instructions said, scabbed the potato (let the skin harden one day) & planted eye side up in fertilized soil. I watered enough to keep the soil moist, but to not drown the potatoes. I waited and waited but eight weeks passed & I never saw a plant. One day I decided to see what was going on, pulled some soil back & the potatoes were stinky, rotted & moldy. I ended up tossing out the bag.
Earlier this year, in spring, I had planted Yukons in two seperate bags & actually had great plant growth & was very excited to harvest. When the plant died back some, I followed other poster's instructions here and stopped watering. A week later, I harvested dime-sized potatoes & ended up tossing everything. Complete waste. Of course that time I had not used SulPoMag (didn't use any fertilizer) so that could have been the mistake.
Another poster here told me to try planting more in October, but I'm debating on spending the money for more seed potatoes. Basically I want to know if anyone else in Southern California has had any luck growing potatoes & if so, how'd you do it? Was there a specific potato farm you bought from, a specific time of year you plant, or certain fertlizers used? Are potato bags useless & should they be grown in ground only? If so, I will try to find space just to see if I can do this or not.
Any advice is so greatly appreciated. I feel like I know nothing when it comes to gardening but I am just stubborn enough to not give up till I have tried every which way suggested. Thank you all for sharing your knowledge!