Potatoes, Onions & Garlic

For those of you who are anxious to start planting early this spring, we’ll have a great selection of Potatoes, Onions & Garlic arriving throughout March.  A good rule of thumb is you can plant potatoes and onions directly in the garden after St. Patrick’s Day, but with our unpredictable Colorado weather it is important to keep an eye on them. Use mulch, Season Extenders, or cover with row covers to help protect veggies from low temperatures. Garlic bulbs can be planted in early spring as soon as the soil can be worked.  Shop early to find the best available selection and store your potatoes, onions and garlic in a cool, dry environment until it’s time to plant.

Please call to check availability and arrival dates for potatoes, onions, and garlic in March.


Potato plants do not flower to produce seed so to produce a potato plant you will need seed potatoes, now available at Fort Collins Nursery.  Seed potatoes can be planted whole, or cut into pieces with at least one eye per piece.  Those with more eyes will grow to produce a larger quantity of potatoes that are smaller in size while those with fewer eyes will produce fewer potatoes that are larger in size.  For planting, choose a sunny spot with well-draining, loose soil, so that the roots and tubers can develop. For a fun alternative planting method try planting potatoes in bloem BAGZ.

Here are some delicious varieties already in stock to consider:

  • Yukon Gold Potatoes: Smooth, round, yellow-skinned potato with pink around the eyes. Great flavor for baking, boiling or salads.
  • Russet Burbank Potato: Dark russet skin and flaky white flesh. This is a perfect light, fluffy baked potato and is also excellent as fries or hash browns.
  • Viking Purple: This Heirloom has large, smooth dark purple skin and pure white flesh that make it great for mashing. It is a high-yielding potato developed at North Dakota State University.


Onion sets and plants are the fastest, easiest way to grow full-size onions in a single season. For planting, choose a very sunny location with 8 hours or more of direct sun per day with fertile soil that drains well. Onions are heavy feeders and benefit greatly from an application of a nitrogen-rich fertilizer such as El Primero Organic Garden Fertilizer (21-4-4) locally made by Alpha One.


Garlic grows from individual cloves broken off from the whole bulb.  It is easy to grow and requires very little space in the garden. Garlic should be planted in a fertile, well-drained soil, avoiding areas where water can collect around the roots.  The cloves should be planted 1-2 inches into the ground with the pointed end up.  


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