How to Grow New Potatoes in a Root Pouch or Container

People have successfully grown potatoes in all sorts of containers. Out of our 5 varieties (Yukon Gold, Russett Burbank, Red Pontiac, Norland Red, and All Blue), I chose Norland Red because they make great "new potatoes", or potatoes harvested earlier than normal during the growing season. They are thin-skinned and great for sautéing! 

  1. I filled the root pouch with 6 inches or more of soil/compost blend
  2. Look for the 'eyes' or the little nodules.
  3. Cut the potatoes into 3-5 pieces each, making sure each piece has an eye. These are the parts that will sprout eventually!
  4. Toss the potato chunks on top of the soil. Space 'em out evenly.
  5. Cover them with another 6 inches of a soil/compost blend and water them in well. Place container in a sunny spot. Try to water them thoroughly and then let them dry (not completely!) before soaking them again. You don't want your tots sitting in a swimming pool... they'll rot.

Since April weather can be finicky, note that you may not see foliage sprout for over week, if that! After foliage emerges, you will want to cover it with frost cloth if the temperatures dip below 35-38º. 


Ta daaaaah! It took less than 10 days to see foliage sprout. But let's be real, they were in our warm greenhouse. But hey, this is what yours will look like soon enough!

I'm going to let the foliage get a little bigger before I cover them up again.  This should encourage more tubers (aka potatoes!)

  1. Finally ready to cover!
  2. Tuck a soil/compost mix in all around the foliage. Just when you think you've found all the nooks and crannies, water it in. This will help settle the soil down in there. You can top off any sink holes again. Water it in one more time and let the sun do it's job.
  3. Another 14 days later. I'll fertilize one more time with another organic fertilizer in the next week.