Where Do Potatoes Grow?

Versatile, flavorful, nutritious, and easily grown, potatoes are popular the world over. These vegetables are grown in many places, climates, and conditions and are amenable to being planted in the ground or in containers, grow bags, boxes, and even tires! Read on to find out where potatoes are grown in the world and in the US.


Worldwide, Spuds are Everywhere

Potatoes can be found growing just about everywhere in the world. Because they can be grown indoors in various containers, even harsh weather doesn’t preclude the growing of potatoes just about everywhere.

As a commercial product, potatoes are both widely available and internationally produced. The top ten potato producing countries in the world are:

  • China
  • Russia
  • India
  • USA
  • Ukraine
  • Poland
  • Germany
  • Belarus
  • Netherlands
  • France

These countries represent a wide range of climates, weather patterns, and agricultural practices, yet they all produce potatoes!

In America

When we talk about potatoes, we tend to think of Idaho. However, in the United States, many people grow potatoes in their own gardens, and more people do so every year. Home and small farm gardeners in virtually every state are producing plenty of spuds for their own use and for sale in farmer’s markets all over the country.

In addition to home gardens and small farms, there are also plenty of commercial farms producing potatoes for sale in our grocery stores and for use in the processing of french fries, hash brown patties, and other prepared potato products. Idaho does, in fact, produce the most potatoes in the US, followed by Washington, Wisconsin, Colorado, and North Dakota. Again, this is a broad range of weather and conditions for growing this popular veggie.

In Your Garden

In addition to where in the world or where in the country potatoes can be grown, another common question is where potatoes should be grown in your own garden.

Whether you plant your potatoes in the ground or in a container, bag, or box, the main thing to keep in mind is that sunshine is important. Plant your potatoes in a very sunny spot so they’ll grow well and yield a good harvest for you.

There is almost no place on the planet where potatoes cannot be grown as long as sunlight, soil, and water can be provided. Indoors or outside, spuds will grow if they are properly cared for and maintained, whether they’re in the US, the UK, or anywhere else in the world.

Text: Garden.eco