My potato growing experiment is going really well. The small potato plant is growing like crazy beneath its 36 W neon tube grow light. This picture was taken 14 days after I covered the lonely tuber with dirt:
After a thorough hoeing the stem is covered with dirt:
Hopefully this will encourage the plant to develop more tubers below the surface.
Fast forward 3 days and now the plant looks like this so it’s really growing fast now:
and after another round of hoeing the stem is covered again:
It wouldn’t be practical to put on more dirt now so I’ll leave the plant alone now until it’s time to harvest the new tubers. The foliage looks healthy, with a dark green color and I’m getting excited to see the result.
Maybe I’ll experiment with pollination later on to see if I can get the plant to produce potato seeds for next year, but for now it would be great if I could just get some tubers some time in January.