How To Grow Potatoes In A 5 Gallon Bucket Indoors

If you want to learn how to grow potatoes in a 5 gallon bucket indoors you are in the right place.

If you want to learn how to grow potatoes in a 5 gallon bucket indoors you are in the right place.

How To Grow Potatoes In A 5 Gallon Bucket Indoors

I use coco coir to grow potatoes indoors. I also plant my potatoes a bit differently than most.

I grow potatoes indoors in a 5-gallon bucket. I use coco coir as my potting mix and I plant my sprouted potato in the bottom of the bucket filling in around it as it grows towards the top.

Growing Potatoes In A 5 Gallon Bucket Indoors Video

How To Grow Potatoes In A 5 Gallon Bucket Indoors

Before you can grow potatoes indoors you will need a potato. Yes, we grow potatoes from potatoes.

Potatoes are a member of the Nightshade family. Like tomatoes or other plants in this family, the leaves are poisonous

So don’t try to eat them and let your pets eat them either.

Potatoes are grown from tubers. When conditions are right they will start to sprout and grow “eyes”. These grow into potato plants.

Certified Seed Potatoes Or Home Sprouted Spuds

You can use potatoes that have started to sprout if they are healthy. But some people use certified seed potatoes which are disease-free.

I have used both and the only advantage I see for certified seed potatoes is that you know what variety they are.

Preparing Seed Potatoes For Planting

Either way, once you have a potato sprouting eyes it is ready to plant. Some folks cut them up with a chunk of potato attached to each eye.

I prefer planting whole potatoes. I think an open cut is more prone to disease or fungus entering the plant.

How I Grow Potatoes In A 5 Gallon Bucket

Most people like to fill a bucket up with soil mix and stick the plant on top. I don’t think you get the best yield that way.

I fill my bucket with several inches of coco coir and place my potato in the bottom with the sprouts partly above the soil.

As the stems grow I remove lower leaves and fill in around the stems with more coco coir. I leave a few leaves on top uncovered.

The leafless nodes will grow roots which in turn will grow potato tubers. I think you get more potatoes in your bucket this way.

Why Use Coco Coir In Your Bucket?

By the way, my potato sprout came from red potatoes that I grew last year in coco and they did better than anything I’ve ever grown in soil.

They were gorgeous they had nice skin, no scab, no hollow potatoes they all had a nice shape. So potatoes do really really well in cocoa.

I really do recommend if you’re growing indoors that you use coco coir because peat is mined from our wetlands.

It takes thousands of years for a peat bog to develop and then we can destroy it in a matter of hours by harvesting the peat in there.

So it’s really not what I would call a renewable source and we need to save our wetlands.

So coco coir is made from coconut shells and you know in the places where it grows they harvest the coconuts and the shells are just a by-product.

You know and every year the trees grow more so it’s a totally renewable resource and you can also reuse it a bunch of times.

Whereas potting mix that’s peat-based, it is really acidic about 4.0 to 4.5 pH but coco is pH neutral it’s around 6.0 

They have to add lime to it so things will even grow in it and once that lime is depleted it’s pretty much useless again.

Plus it compacts which coco doesn’t do. Coco doesn’t need wetting agents as peat does either.

Coco is easy to water and wicks well and provides superior aeration compared to peat.

So there are some real advantages to using coco coir over potting mix and  I really recommend you use that instead of potting mix.

Read how coco coir is made https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coir

Here is more information about growing in  coco coir:

Growing Vegetables In Coco Coir [ Increase Your Results! ] (indoorvegetablegrower.com)

Potato Grow Bags

If you don’t want to use a bucket potato grow bags are a great alternative.

You can still use coco coir in them and you can still plant the same way I do.

Some potato grow bags come with a flap you can open to view the growth inside the bag. So if you’re the curious type you can peak in on them.

If you like baby potatoes this is a good way to get at them without pulling up or killing the plant.

I will be updating things when my plant starts growing so stay tuned if you want to learn more about how to grow potatoes in a 5-gallon bucket indoors.

Hilling Up Potatoes In A 5 Gallon Bucket

So here is a picture of my potatoes growing in a 5-gallon bucket.

I have been removing foliage from the lower parts of the branches and filling it in around them with coco coir.

How To Grow Potatoes In A 5 Gallon Bucket Indoors

I will keep removing leaves and chilling up around the branches and will stop once they get above the bucket top.

Almost Full Potato Bucket

Almost Done Hilling My Potatoes

So here is the bucket refilled with coco coir. I have one shoot shorter than the others so I cant fill the bucket to the top.

But I should be able to get the bucket filled to the top very soon.