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Grow Potatoes In Texas

Learn how to grow potatoes in Texas with me. This year (2023) will be my first to plant potatoes and I am so excited. I have ordered at least six varieties of seed potatoes to plant from two suppliers. We have plenty of space out here on the farm for all of them. I have also ordered some sweet potato seed potatoes but they won't arrive until May.

I love potatoes and have wanted to grow them for years. Hopefully, we have a much more moderate climate this year, cooler with more rain so my first year of growing them will be successful.

I will report on how it goes from receiving my seed potatoes to planting them to the harvest. I understand that it is best to grow potatoes in Texas in the fall but there are no seed potatoes to plant in the fall. Some have told me to use potatoes from the grocery store but I have not yet tried that. So I will give planting them now in winter a go but not for a few more weeks.

Grow Potatoes In Texas - Seed Potatoes

This is my box of seed potatoes. It is possible to grow potatoes in Texas if you start early enough in spring and late enough in fall.This is my box of seed potatoes. It is possible to grow potatoes in Texas if you start early enough in spring and late enough in fall.

My first shipment of seed potatoes is due to arrive tomorrow, January 20, 2023. I am not even sure which variety or how many will be included. I ordered Purple Majesty, German Butterball, Viking, and Yukon Gold.

VikingViking
Yukon GoldYukon Gold
Purple MajestyPurple Majesty
German ButterballGerman Butterball

My first shipment arrived and it was all four varieties that I ordered from Hoss Tools. I was very excited. I pulled four heavy bags out of the box and opened all of them. They are lying on my kitchen island soaking up sun so the eyes can grow before we plant them. Once that is done, I have to cut the potatoes apart, leaving one to two eyes on each potato piece. Then they need to "heal" from being cut. In a day or two they can be planted outside.

I also have some potatoes growing eyes in my pantry from the grocery store. I will include those as well in my plantings since this is a big experiment.

As I write this on January 23, 2023, it is cold and 38° outside. A trench has not yet been dug and my seed potatoes still do not have much in the way of eyes.

Grow Potatoes In Texas

Again, I have never grown potatoes in Texas or anywhere so I am doing a lot of research to make sure I get it right. I love potatoes. I feel like they are the perfect food. You can cook them in so many ways and they taste incredible.

When you plant seed potatoes, the ground should be 50° and it should be about three weeks before the final spring frost. In my area of South Central Texas, we should get our final frost around March 3 for 2023. That means that I am clear to plant my potatoes on February 9. Today is January 23 so that gives me less than three weeks to prepare the potatoes for planting. Right now, the eyes are very tiny so they need to grow as big as possible.

I laid out all of my seed potatoes on dish towels on the kitchen island. I don't have any newspaper but I think they will do nicely.I laid out all of my seed potatoes on dish towels on the kitchen island. I don't have any newspaper but I think they will do nicely.
More of my seed potatoes. None of them can touch. They will be taking up a lot of space for the next several weeks on my island.More of my seed potatoes. None of them can touch. They will be taking up a lot of space for the next several weeks on my island.
And yet more seed potatoes. I ordered 4 varieties and some out of the pantry.And yet more seed potatoes. I ordered 4 varieties and some out of the pantry.

Chitting Your Seed Potatoes

The best way to grow the eyes or sprouts, which is called chitting, is to lay them out on paper without the potatoes touching until the sprouts are about one inch long. Handle them very carefully so the sprouts don't break off. They will break off very easily.

Planting Your Seed Potatoes

In a sunny spot, and our entire property is in a sunny spot, we need to dig a trench six to eight inches deep by six to eight inches wide. The seed potatoes should be placed ten inches apart. Cover them with dirt.

Hilling Your Seed Potatoes

In a few weeks, the sprouts will be out of the soil and should again be covered with soil. This should happen several times before you just let them grow above the dirt so you will be "hilling" the potatoes.

One pound of seed potatoes will grow five pounds of potatoes. Who knew? Hmmmm. Doing some math...I bought 20 pounds of seed potatoes and David has more coming. So I should get at least 100 pounds of potatoes if I grow them right.

Somewhere between 90 and 120 days, the green leaves will turn yellow and die. Then it is time to harvest the potatoes. Gently dig the potatoes up, being careful not to cut into them with the shovel. Store them in a cool, dry place.


Storage Of New Seed Potatoes For Fall Planting

If you want, you can lay some of the potatoes you dug up flat on newspaper, not allowing them to touch,  to save them for fall seed potatoes. Yes, fall is the perfect time to grow potatoes in Texas, but there are never any seed potatoes to plant for sale then. Be smart and save some of your best potatoes as seed potatoes for fall.

For a fall crop of potatoes, you should plant the seed potatoes approximately 110 days before the first frost of the fall/winter season. My zip code is 78065 and when I got to almanac.com to look up my frost dates, it tells me March 3 and November 22 are my last and first frost dates.

So count backwards from the spring frost date by three weeks to get your spring planting date which we covered above. November 22 is the first approximate frost date this year so I will need to count back 110 days to know when to plant my fall potatoes. So 110 days before November 22 is August 23 so I need to plant my seed potatoes for fall on or about August 23 so I can harvest them by the frost date.

The first and last frost dates will be different for each area and the dates will change each year so every year you need to determine what Almanac is saying these dates are. Just put your zip code in at the above Almanac link and it gives you the first and last frost dates.


Storage Of Potatoes To Eat

Once you dig up your potatoes, you will need to wipe off as much dirt as possible. Store the potatoes you plan to eat in a cool, dry place. They should keep well for up to six months.


I will be back soon with our Grow Potatoes In Texas planting progress. We still don't have the trench dug but that is coming this week. 1/23/23

Update January 26, 2023

The potato sprouts are chitting. I can see little chits forming all over the potatoes. It is pretty exciting!

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