Potatoes will yield up to 15 kg per bush using the Chinese planting method
There are several popular methods of planting potatoes. For instance, the Fokin method involves cutting the tuber into two parts, which is useful when there is a limited supply of planting potatoes remaining after winter. However, not all cut tubers can successfully take root.
Experienced gardeners claim that using the Chinese method can result in a potato yield of 15 kg per bush. Read the OBOZREVATEL article to learn how to plant potatoes to increase the yield.
How to plant potatoes in the Chinese way
The key feature of this method is to place the tubers in holes at a depth of 50 cm. According to experts, this encourages more active potato growth.
This approach aids in boosting shoot growth. As the potatoes develop, it is important to hill them periodically. This enhances air circulation, increasing the yield and accelerating plant growth.
Potato varieties suitable for the Chinese method include:
- White rose
For your convenience, we provide step-by-step instructions for planting potatoes.
Carefully cut a small groove in the tuber, with an optimal width of no more than 1 cm.
Dig identical holes 50 cm deep. The choice of variety should be made responsibly, as some species cannot be planted at this depth.
Maintain a distance of at least 20 cm between the holes. Once shoots begin to grow, sprinkle the bushes with a mixture of soil and sawdust. Potatoes can also be planted in trenches; the crucial aspect is to adhere to the recommended distance and depth.
Advantages and disadvantages of the method
Gardeners claim that up to 15 kg of tubers can be harvested from one bush using this method. While it is believed that caring for potatoes is simplified, the planting process itself is considered more laborious due to the necessity of digging larger holes.
Additionally, it is believed that potatoes planted using the Chinese method may suffer less from Colorado potato beetle infestations.
By the way, there are several plants that the Colorado potato beetle tends to avoid. These include tobacco, beans, onions, garlic, beans, and calendula.