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Chitting potatoes...or not?

Anna33Anna33 Posts: 310
My seed potatoes (Kestrel - second earlies) finally turned up yesterday, despite having ordered them about 3-4 weeks ago. I realised I was leaving it late to chit them anyway, but now with the extra delay in postage, I'm not sure what to do.

Is it best just to get them planted now, without chitting? Or should I still try and chit them at all and get them planted even later? This is only the second year I've ever grown potatoes...

I'll be growing them in potato planters, in MPC, but with added potato fertliser. I'm also based on the South Coast, in a South facing garden, if location helps.


  • John MacJohn Mac Posts: 32
    Exactly the same here, mine went in today without chitting, they’ll be fine.
    A man on a croft.....
  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286
    Choice is yours really. Potatoes grow if they are chitted or not. The main purpose is to give them an early start when it is still a few weeks too early to put them out. The usual growing season for second earlies means there is still plenty of time to get them in and get a crop from them, chitted or not.
  • Anna33Anna33 Posts: 310
    Thank you both - I'll just get them in as soon as possible, then!

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