Guide | Planting potatoes

How and when do I plant potatoes correctly?

Do you want to grow potatoes successfully and achieve a rich harvest? Then it is important to follow the correct steps when planting. In this guide you will learn how and when to plant potatoes correctly so that your plants thrive and later achieve a good harvest.

Planting potatoes - step by step instructions

In the following instructions we will explain step by step what you should consider when planting potatoes.

Step 1: Choose the right time

The best time to plant potatoes varies depending on the location. It is generally advisable to start planting as soon as the ground has thawed in spring. In Germany, the period between April and May is usually suitable for this.

Step 2: Choose the right location

For potatoes to thrive optimally, they need sunny and well-drained soil. It is important that the soil is deep and loose so that the tubers have enough space to grow. Make sure the soil is not too wet as this can lead to rot.

Step 3: Prepare the soil

Thorough preparation of the soil is essential before you start planting. Remove all weeds and stones to create an ideal growing environment for the potatoes. The soil should be loosened to a depth of about 30 cm. Mix the soil with mature compost or well-rotted manure to improve nutrient supply and promote the growth of your potato plants.

Step 4: Plant the potatoes

Place the potatoes about 10 cm deep in the soil and make sure there is a distance of about 30 cm between the plants. Cover the tubers with soil and press them lightly to create optimal soil contact.

Step 5: Care for the potatoes

As soon as the potatoes start to grow, you should water them regularly and sufficiently to ensure that the soil remains sufficiently moist. Also remove weeds regularly so that your potato plants receive enough nutrients and can grow undisturbed.

Step 6: Harvest the potatoes

Most potato varieties take about three months to mature. Once the plants have died back and the leaves have turned yellow, it is time to harvest the potatoes. Carefully dig the tubers out of the ground and store them in a dry, dark and cool place. Let the potatoes dry there for about two weeks before processing or storing them.


In summary, planting potatoes requires careful preparation of the soil, a suitable choice of location and observing the optimal planting time. Regular plant care, such as removing weeds and adequate watering, is also essential to achieve a successful harvest. Ultimately, a good harvest is the result of attention and patience during the growing process. But the result is worth it!

Kitchen helper for processing your potatoes

After harvesting, you can process your potatoes with our kitchen helpers and shape them into the desired shape.