Potato chit­ting

Gardeners' World - - Fruit & Veg -

Get ahead by chit­ting your seed pota­toes around six weeks be­fore plant­ing in March. Look on the tu­ber for the mark where the old stalk was at­tached. This is the base − stand it on this end so the de­vel­op­ing chits or buds are the right way up. If you don’t man­age this be­fore plant­ing, you’ll still get a crop but it will shoot a bit later.

1 PLACE the tu­bers in a light, frost-free place, such as a porch or un­heated green­house. Egg car­tons will keep them up­right.

2 TU­BERS will chit prop­erly in the light, kept in the dark they will sprout use­less long shoots like these that should be re­moved.

3 SEV­ERAL short, sturdy dark green or pur­ple chits ap­pear at the top of the tu­ber, two or three chits are ideal, rub off any ex­cess.

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