Have you ever met people who haven’t tried potatoes? Probably not. Potatoes are a major staple food in dozens of countries around the world. Even though they’re affordable and easy to buy in any supermarket, plant lovers continue to grow potatoes in their own gardens.
Potatoes belong to the nightshade (Solanum) genus, along with tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and other important foods. The potato plant has spirally arranged compound leaves and produces white, lavender, or purple flowers. The stem extends underground and forms structures called stolons, the ends of which enlarge to form the tubers we call potatoes. Potatoes can grow in a wide variety of climates, and care conditions change accordingly.