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    Hey folks,

    Apologies, I think this has been asked before because I remember reading about it last year. There's a lot of threads about spuds though and can't find anything.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for containers for growing potatoes? Did grow some spuds in pots this year (last year?) but it was just a trial really with 20 or 25cm pots. Not sure those were big enough with 2 spuds each.

    Larger pots would be pretty expensive, so wondering if anyone knows any large tubs or other storage that would be suitable for a decent price? Or are bags like this any good? These again look quite small for 3 spuds.

    Be interested to hear what other people use when growing potatoes in containers.

    Thanks!

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    I grew tatties in an ikea bag that I mixed compost with soil after cutting holes in the bottom and around the sides, for drainage.
    That worked very well and I had a healthy crop from that. I put eight potatoes in one bag. They are large bags And a steal at around 1.50 each!
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    I grow my potatoes in recycling boxes 3 potatoes to a box, I've also grown them in flower bucket one to a bucket, its usually down to the watering well to get a good crop from containers.
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    Take a look at Alans Allotment: SoilFixer SF60 Potatoes in Buckets Results I've grown in 60 litre buckets, B&Q 1 Buckets Tesco square Flower buckets and round Morrisons Buckets, I've tried the Marshalls potato pots and have some of their bags to trial this year.
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    I use these 30 litre buckets, which I find excellent https://www.yougarden.com/item-p-130...SABEgKaJPD_BwE (other suppliers may be available).

    I plant 2 or 3 seed potatoes per bucket and expect 1-3kg yield from each bucket, depending a bit on variety and location (some of mine are grown in the shade). I find they are easier to water than bags, where the foliage can squash the top of the bag allowing the water to run out rather than wet the compost. They are also much easier to harvest - just cut off the tops and tip the whole lot onto a sheet and pick out the potatoes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SarrissUK View Post
    I grew tatties in an ikea bag that I mixed compost with soil after cutting holes in the bottom and around the sides, for drainage.
    That worked very well and I had a healthy crop from that. I put eight potatoes in one bag. They are large bags And a steal at around 1.50 each!
    Yeah that would be an easy alternative. Are they strong enough?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bren In Pots View Post
    I grow my potatoes in recycling boxes 3 potatoes to a box, I've also grown them in flower bucket one to a bucket, its usually down to the watering well to get a good crop from containers.
    The recycling boxes we have here are more the size I was thinking. Can't find any boxes that size though that aren't transparent or too expensive for a tub.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cadalot View Post
    Take a look at Alans Allotment: SoilFixer SF60 Potatoes in Buckets Results I've grown in 60 litre buckets, B&Q 1 Buckets Tesco square Flower buckets and round Morrisons Buckets, I've tried the Marshalls potato pots and have some of their bags to trial this year.
    That's interesting, I'll have to read up on fertilising spuds. I've only used compost so far. Have seen coir but didn't know what it was (I'm a noobie).

    Quote Originally Posted by Penellype View Post
    I use these 30 litre buckets, which I find excellent https://www.yougarden.com/item-p-130...SABEgKaJPD_BwE (other suppliers may be available).

    I plant 2 or 3 seed potatoes per bucket and expect 1-3kg yield from each bucket, depending a bit on variety and location (some of mine are grown in the shade). I find they are easier to water than bags, where the foliage can squash the top of the bag allowing the water to run out rather than wet the compost. They are also much easier to harvest - just cut off the tops and tip the whole lot onto a sheet and pick out the potatoes.
    That's about the size I tried this year. Potatoes were tiny, both Maris Piper and Charlotte I think. Could have been not enough watering or position though. Same spuds in the ground were good size good crop.

    Thanks guys, appreciate the help.

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    Spuds in containers were bad this year compared to usual, as you say, was the dry weather. The big grow bags usually work well, and keep the slugs off.
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    I've used rubble sacks and compost bags, just roll the top down so it forms a lip to keep it open and stab a few holes for drainage.

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