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Chitting slow

BijdezeeBijdezee Posts: 1,484
edited April 2020 in Fruit & veg
My husband is chitting some seed potatoes. They have not changed in 4 weeks  :|. The eyes are very small. He had them in egg boxes by the shed window east facing.

Any suggestions? If he plants them as they are will they still grow and produce potatoes? They are early type but i don't know the variety because in tidying up after him I threw the label away  :/


  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286
    They will still grow. Chitting is to get things moving quickly. I usually chit indoors in an unheated utility room, near a window and they are ready in a couple of weeks.

    A bit of 'loose' guidance from what I have picked up down the years, most people chit earlies, some people chit second earlies as well, main crop not usually.

    So there is a link to chitting and getting early crops.
  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,619
    they won't produce those long shoots you get in the back of the cupboard and neither should they, mine have been out for about 3 weeks on the living room windows they have not changed in a week now, they are showing small green shoots, those will not grow anymore until the potato gets wet, then it will go into proper growth mode. I'm waiting for my field to be ploughed (today or tomorrow I hope) and then I can get the plastic on the pollytunnels and get my earlies in the ground in there.
  • BijdezeeBijdezee Posts: 1,484
    Thank you both. He's going to plant them during this week, it's warmed up a bit. 
  • AstroAstro Posts: 386
    Mine had been chitting since late February and had very little sprouts, probably a mm. I planted them yesterday and figure if bits of peeling can produce spuds there's no point in worrying.
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