Potatoes

ernie85017May 13, 2013

Speaking of potatoes: when is the right time for potatoes here in Phoenix? I plan to grow them in hardware cloth towers with compost, leaves, etc. I planned to sprout some organic store potatoes. Whenever I buy tubers, the sellers send me rotten junk.

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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

You missed the window for white (Irish) potatoes - or reds or any other potato that's not a sweet potato. You can plant sweet slips now. Russets and reds need late winter, early spring planting.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 6:31PM
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ernie85017

Do the sweet potatoes handle the heat, or some shade is better? What kind of container do you use, or just in the ground?

    Bookmark   May 15, 2013 at 12:58AM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

I grew sweet potatoes in containers, one is a sunken kiddie pool, the other is a half whiskey barrel. The pool was in full sun, the barrel had shade. The plant in the pool made a ton of tubers, the one in the barrel didn't. They love sun. You might notice that people who landscape with ornamental SP's have them in sun and they're gorgeous. Memo to self: Go get some!

    Bookmark   May 15, 2013 at 1:18PM
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