The potato seedlings should have reasonable amount of eyes. I would put 2-3 inches of soil mix into the container, then place the whole potato or pieces with couple of eyes (If you are planting pieces make sure you cut them and allow it to dry atleast for 2-3 days before planting). Once you have placed the potato in the container, cover them with 2-3 inches of soil. Water it to have a good moisture level. Make sure the container grains easily. Don't over water (i.e soil should not be slushy). It couple of weeks you should see growth coming out of the soil. Keep adding more soil as the plant grows.In abt 90-100 days you should be able to harvest the potato. The symptom is that the leaves will start turning yellow and the plant will start dying.
NOTE: I used a 5 gallon pot and a big plastic bag.
While going through your album the lovely geranium caught my attention. I love geraniums as these are the plants I have seen growing in my surroundings all through my childhood in hills (uttaranchal). I have tried to grow them in Delhi in my balcony but each time it ended up as a big time flop show.
Can you plz help me understand the climate and specific care this plant needs. In my hometown it grows very easily with no specific care.
I live in California, USA. Here the local temperature in summer ranges from average 55 - 75 degree F.
No special care is given to the plants. Mostly my potting mix is a combination of soil, compost and chicken manure.
My dad used to grow them in Bangalore where the average temperature is around 30 degree C. As you might already know it is an easy plant to grow. In Delhi, what is the temperature? Is the plant dieing due to excess heat? If that is the case, you might want to put some sow dust and place ice cubes on top. Try this in one pot/container. See if the plant survives. I have seen this technique here on few plants in the nurseries during peak summer.
Thanks for your reply Biju,
I brought the cuttings from my hometown in late summers - early monsoons this year. Temperature here in Delhi was not more then 35 to 38 degree. No cutting survived and when I removed the surface soil I found that the part which was under the soil was completely rotted. dark brown color with a watery texture.
The same happened twice and I couldn't understand the reason.
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