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Comment by Lissa on August 27, 2016 at 12:20

Mark - Lyle Betts who ran a potato growing workshop for us has great success growing potatoes both in the ground in and container (buckets hanging off his fence I believe). Have a read of this POTATO GROWING BLOG from the workshop.

For more info from Lyle direct you would need to contact him via the GREEN P COMMUNITY GARDEN via Mike Crook. Lyle isn't online himself that I am aware of. 

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Comment by MARK ANSON on August 27, 2016 at 12:19

Something I had not considered with my failures......

Will have to shade the pots but keep the vegetative parts in the sun still.

Many thanks - Mark

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on August 27, 2016 at 12:10

Planting potatoes needs the right temperature to get a good crop if planting  in pots  they could over heat  was hot for a long time this year and last year summer came early.

Comment by MARK ANSON on August 27, 2016 at 11:29

Hi, I am new to the site and got here by a very circuitous route after also seeing this video. I have attempted container potatoes 3 years running and all were abject failures leaving me feeling the same.

I wonder if anybody had any further information regarding which varieties are suitable for container growing ie indeterminate. Nicola is the only variety that I think I have identified.

I intend to have another bash but will try something different.

I am going to plant the potatoes with 30cm soil below, cover them with 10cm and just keep them watered and fertilised.

I will let you know how I go........

Comment by Lissa on July 14, 2016 at 5:22

I've emailed. Let's see if they give a useful response.

Comment by Lissa on July 14, 2016 at 5:12
Comment by Lissa on July 14, 2016 at 5:12

This is an interesting looking Australian publication on growing potatoes...problem is there are so many of them. I might email and see how they respond.

Comment by Lissa on July 14, 2016 at 4:59

Unfortunately Roger after a lot of searching last weekend I found no more info about the det and indet spuds in Australia. The terms just don't seem to be used here in relation to potato.

We need to keep our eyes and ears open is all I can say.

Comment by Roger Clark on July 13, 2016 at 20:17

An interesting video, and I wonder why this has never been mooted here in Aus. I have tried various experiments such as growing in towers with straw as the medium to be stacked up as the plant grows up higher. I also constructed a box to put on top of a bath that I grew spuds in so that I could keep the soil going higher and higher as the plant grew all with the same result. I harvested spuds but only low down where the seed potatoes had been placed. I thought that I was just no good at growing potatoes. This now explains why I had no success. The mystery to me though is - why can you seem to get no info about this in Australia? I have checked out Green Harvest's latest offerings and also the recently arrived Diggers Seed Annual. No mention that there are two different plant types A La Tomatoes. So I am still uniformed, as here in Aus with our different potato varieties, I am only guessing what might be Determinate and Indeterminate varieties. I now know that Determinate tend to be early maturing and Indeterminate late maturing, but even when I know this, the American varieties that ARE Indeterminate - German Butter Ball, Katahdin, Russet Burbank and Ranger Russet, I've never heard of let alone seen advertised. I know that I need to do more research, but before this can anyone help me out with this? Lissa, you seem to unearth lots of good info. What have you discovered?  

Comment by Lissa on July 9, 2016 at 10:58

Can't help you there Janet. I've stepped back from growing spud alternatives as I haven't found them palatable on the whole. I like spuds, what can I say.

Give your idea a go and see if it makes any difference.

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