Chitting potatoes (encouroging the seed to sprout before planting)
can lead to on earlier harvest than planting directly into the ground.
To do this, place the seed potatoes into an open container such
as an egg box, in a light and airy position, protected from frost.The
potatoes will grow shoots.
Planting-out can take place as soon as the risk of frost has passed
in your area (March-May). Dig over and cultivate the ground to
be planted, removing any weeds, Raise shallow ridges 60cm/24"
apart and plant the seed potatoes into the ridge l2cm/5" deep ond
22cm/9" apart, lf the potatoes have been chitled, take care not to
damage the chits (shoots) as you plont. When the plants reach
approx. 20cm/8" tall, draw earth up the sides of the plant (covering
the lower leaves).This will prevent light from reaching the newly
forming potatoes and encourage a higher yield. Watering regularly
will improve the yield and discourage scab from forming.
This planting has been archived (Harvested).
Purchased from Wyevale Garden Centres (Nationwide)
Latest Milestone Harvesting
Harvesting day 165
53.0 x item 3.34 kg
Sprouting day 67
Finally Sprouting out the top of the potato sacksBusy Weekend in the Growing Corner!
Sprouting day 21
Shoots now showing above the first level of compost, so another layer of compost added.
Sown day 0
Planted 5 potatoes in 2 bags after chitting
Chitting day -39
Purchased day -48