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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?
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
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.
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.
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
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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