Come on, let’s grow potato at home
Potato is an inevitable item in our cuisine. It is one of the most cultivated tubers. Also, potato is a rich source of vitamin C, B6, potassium, niacin and fiber. Then why can’t we try growing potato at home?
No need to worry over the seeds for starting cultivation. We can sow the sprouted ones among the potatoes bought from the market. If there are no sprouted potatoes, keep the green coloured ones aside, which are more likely to sprout. We can use them for sowing.
Cut the sprouted potato in four, each piece having at least one sprout. Sow the potato pieces in well-prepared soil. Sowing procedures are the same even if we use grow bags to grow the plant or soil.
While preparing the soil, mix some cow dung powder and neem cake in it as fertilizer. Keep the sprout on the potato piece on top while sowing it. Sow one piece in each grow bag. If it is sown in soil, keep enough space between each sprout.
The ideal time to grow potato is the months of August, September and October. After 30 days of sowing, heap up soil under the plant and add some fertilizer. Repeat it after 70 days. Potato need watering. As its roots do not grow deeper, sprinkle water and keep the moisture.
Neem cake will help to keep the pests at bay. Add some ash and cow dung powder every two weeks. When the plants grow bigger, topsoil should be heaped up in 2-inch thickness. Worms are likely to attack the leaves of the plant, so spray some neem seed oil mixture on the leaves. Potatoes will be ready to harvest after 80 – 120 days.