Northern Queensland Permaculture

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Botanical Information

Botanical Information
Order Solanales
Family Solanaceae
Genus Solanum
Common Name Potato
Species S. tuberosum

Maturity days

  • 70

Planting Months

Planting months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Permaculture uses

Permaculture uses
Usage 1 Usage 2 Usage 3
Staple_Food Vegetable

Growing condition comments

Growing Condition Comment
Drought Tolerant
Humidity tolerant
Planting area Garden_bed
Sunlight Full_sun



Short comments

Starchy tuber of plant. Damp, not wet soil. Leave in sun to green before planting to improve success. Can only be grown in the cool dry season in Townsville, the heat and humidity in the topics introduces disease and stunts plant growth making reliable yields difficult.

General comments

Space plants: 30 - 40 cm apart

Compatible with (can grow beside): Peas, Beans, Brassicas, Sweetcorn, Broad Beans, Nasturtiums, Marigolds

Avoid growing close to: Cucumber, Pumpkin, Sunflowers, Tomatoes, Rosemary

Before planting expose seed potatoes to light to start shoots growing, however be careful of direct sunlight which can burn the tender new shoots. Let the potatoes grow shoots up to 1cm long. Large seed tubers can be cut into pieces - just make sure each piece has at least one 'eye' or shoot. Let the cut pieces dry for a few days before planting or else they will probably start rotting. Potatoes accumulate cadmium and other heavy metals.


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