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RachelF

chitting potatoes

Why do potatoes I buy from seed companies which I place, as instructed, in a warm light place take so long to chit, while potatoes bought for eating, kept in a dark cupboard away from heat, sprout after a couple of weeks?! Or is that just me?

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Kayb

Potato Chits

Hi Rachel, it's not you it's Murphy's Law (anything that can go wrong - will!). But why get special potatoes? use the ones you buy for cooking, it's what I do when the spuds start 'chimping' as we called it when I was young.
Karen

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sam from worthing

chits

do seem to take forever don't they, but patience is all that needed.

personally, i wouldn't recommend using a potatoe from any supermarket or grocer - the seed potato needs to be sterile and cultivated - hence the chitting slowness.

If a shop brought spud has a disease, it could do so much damage to other fruit/veg and infect other spud stock and not just for that year.

and remember to plant your chitted spuds the right way up - which is the side with the most roots and eyes facing upwards.

i sit my spuds in egg boxes, so they are slightly raised and got lots of air to circulate - and i chit them in the shed, and i check them probably once a week.

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RachelF

chitting

Kayb,Sam's comment aside, I try to grow varieties I can't buy to eat in the shops. I am growing blue/purple ones (hopefully!) Can't remember the name off hand.
I was wondering if the ones in the shops are older, and that's why they sprout so easily.
I have been trying to chit mine in the sitting room by the window.

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Kayb

Unusual Spuds

Hi Rachel, sorry didn't realise that you wanted to chit specialist types, Maybe its a strain that takes a while to sprout; or maybe you could swap them with your eating potatoes and see if that works. I Imagined you trying to chit a 1/2Cwt bag on the kitchen windowsill - silly me!!
Have you tried Pink Fir Apple?, they are rather nice.
Karen

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RachelF

chitting

Yes I understand about chitting. I was just commenting on the irony of how long it takes catalogue ones to sprout when I want them to, and how quickly supermarket ones for eating sprout when I don't want them to!
I am growing salad blue. Just a few in bags as I don't have tons of room.
Lots of seedlings of various veg and herbs are coming up very gratifyingly within a week of sowing them.

 
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