When to Plant Red Potatoes in Mississippi

Red and yellow potatoes are waxier and thinner-skinned than russet potatoes.
Red and yellow potatoes are waxier and thinner-skinned than russet potatoes. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

While potatoes are normally associated with northern climates, they can grow well in Mississippi. Gardeners should take care to prepare the bed properly in the fall for spring planting.

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Fall

Potatoes should be planted in a high bed prepared in fall. In colder climates, fall planting is common, but Mississippi State University states that fall seed potatoes are difficult to find in Mississippi. Spring planting is more common in this state.

Spring

Gardeners should plant specially purchased seed potatoes of 1 1/2 to 2 ounces each in early spring, using about 1 pound of potatoes per 10 feet of row. Mississippi State University suggests spacing pieces 10 to 12 inches apart.

Dates

Potato planting dates vary depending on local climate. Gardeners in extreme southern Mississippi should plant potatoes from January 20 to February 15, before the weather gets too hot. In colder parts of the state, planting times can be as late as mid-February to mid-March.

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