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How To Chit Potatoes

How To Chit Potatoes

24/01/2013

Chitting Potatoes

To chit or not to chit, that is the question!

Chitting is the process of getting a seed potato to begin to sprout before planting it in the soil.



Some gardeners think chitting is a waste of time and just plant the seeds straight into the ground. Other swear it cuts down plant die off and increases yield. If you thought that the Jordan / Peter Andre debate made people take sides, you ain't seen nothing yet!

If you fancy considering chitting here are three useful videos about it.



This video by gardening blogger
Claire Burgess gives a great general overview of why and how we should chit potatoes and gives advice about where to put them.







This video by Yorkshire Allotmenteer and blogger Allotment Diary shows chitting in a seed tray and gives a good explanation of why you should never leave your seed potatoes languishing in the bag they arrived in.







Advanced Advice - If you're getting the hang of the basics and want to try something a bit more technical, this video from JBA Seed Potatoes explains why some shoots are more equal than others and how you can encourage growth from the shoots which are thought to provide stronger plants and higher yield.






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