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Hydroponic Potatoes

Article By: Nurul Azis Category: Hydroponic Gardening



hydroponic potatoes

hydroponic potatoes

Hydroponic Potatoes – The hydroponic technology has given us with the ability to grow plants, including potatoes, at your small space yard, condo balcony, or small yard greenhouse. This system also enables us to grow them year-round in the warmth of your home, as long as the plants are exposed to sunlight through your windows most of the day. Especially for potatoes, the aggregate method works well, where it employs inert material such as pebbles or perlite to support the plant and root system while it’s growing.



To get started, find or buy a sturdy container. It should be at least ten inches deep, doesn’t matter the size or the shape. Light colored containers are preferable because they can reflect light and thereby will not build up heat on hot sunny days. Next, make holes by drilling around the perimeter of the container two inches above the base and two inches apart (not on the bottom) to permit excess water to drain out of the container.

You can buy a bag of perlite and fill the container leaving 1 inch of space for watering at the top. You have to decide where to place your container before wetting the perlite, because once water is added, the container will be heavy and difficult to move. Try to find a spot that gets minimum of 6 hours of sunlight, preferably morning sun. And avoid areas that suffered from too much rain from roof runoff.  Add water until it drenches the container, obvious as it starts to drain through the holes.

For the seed, try to find certified potato seeds that have early maturing varieties (70 to 90 days) from a local seed or garden store. These may be a large of whole potatoes that can be cut into sections leaving two or more eyes (buds) per seed piece. Cut into sections and let them dry out for a day before planting.  Plant the seed pieces with the cut surface facing down about an inch below the surface and four to six inches apart.

Cover the bin with a lid until sprouts peek through the perlite, which mostly takes about two weeks. Remove the cover as soon as leaves pop up or only to water the plants, which you should do about every three to four days. Add liquid fertilizer at least once a week once sprouts appear. Mix 1 teaspoon of 20-20-20 fertilizer with micronutrients in a gallon of water. Pour in the fertilizer solution just as you would regular water, until it starts to drip out the drain holes. And expect happy first Hydroponic Potatoes harvest about 70 days after planting!

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