Only a healthy, vigorous potato plant will develop numerous and large potatoes for a rich harvest. An important factor for potato growth is sufficient moisture in the soil.
- Pour thyme - but with a sense of proportion
- Potatoes on balconies - this is how it works with potato cultivation in pots
- This is how it works with sowing the potatoes in the garden
If enough rain falls, additional watering in the garden is not necessary. If there is no rain for a long time, you have to water with the watering can. This is used anyway when you grow your potatoes in the tub on the balcony.
How is pouring?
- always water the plant base in a targeted manner
- in the garden once or twice a week
- on the balcony once a week, more often in severe drought
- early in the morning or in the evening (keeps the moisture in the soil longer)
- never at lunchtime, so that leaves do not burn
- best with stale rainwater
Watering can or hose?
In any case, you should use the watering can. When watering with a hose, there is a risk that the loosely piled dams will be washed away. In addition, the leaves would get too much water.
But please not too much
You can't please the potato with too much water. Too much moisture causes roots, bulbs and leaves to rot and makes them more susceptible to disease.
In the garden, let the soil dry thoroughly before watering it again. With the planter you have to pay attention to drainage holes so that the excess water can drain away.
Tips & Tricks
If you want to know whether the soil in the potato bucket is still sufficiently moist, the index finger test can help. If the soil is dry, when you put your whole finger into it, it is time to water. Then you wait to water until everything is dry again.