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How to care for your potato plants
- Potatoes thrive in well-drained, loose soil.
- Potatoes need consistent moisture, so water regularly when tubers start to form.
- Hilling should be done before the potato plants bloom, when the plant is about 6 inches tall. Hoe the dirt up around the base of the plant in order to cover the root as well as to support the plant.
- Hilling keeps the potatoes from getting exposed to the sun which causes greening. Greening produces a chemical called solanine. Solanine gives off a bitter taste and is toxic, do not eat green potatoes.