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When Do You Plant Potatoes in Arkansas?

By Anna Aronson ; Updated July 21, 2017
Potatoes should be planted in late winter or early spring in Arkansas.
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Potatoes are one of the most widely consumed foods in America and are a staple in the typical diet. In Arkansas, the climate is conducive to growing the vegetables.

Time Frame

Because potatoes are a cool-season crop, they can be among the first you set in the ground each spring. In southern Arkansas, plant potatoes in late February or mid-March, the University of Arkansas recommends. In northern regions of the state, you should plant potatoes between early March and early April.

Seed Pieces

Create seed pieces from whole potatoes for your potato plants. You can do this by cutting potatoes into pieces weighing between 1 oz. and 2 oz., the university extension reports. Make sure each seed piece has at least two or three eye buds.

Spacing and Depth

Seed pieces should be set 2 to 3 inches deep, the extension recommends. When planting multiple potatoes, plant them between 10 and 12 inches apart. Space your rows 2 to 3 feet apart.


About the Author


Anna Aronson began working as a journalist in 2000 and spent six years at suburban Chicago newspapers before pursuing freelance work. She enjoys writing about health care topics, in particular obstetrics, pediatrics and nutrition. She received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Eastern Illinois University and is now studying for a Master of Science in medicine degree to become a physician's assistant.