How & why to chit seed potatoes

chit your potatoes

We start shipping out seed potatoes towards the end of this month and on into February. This should give you plenty of time to give yours a headstart by chitting them…

Chitting your seed potatoes will encourage lots of shoots to appear before you plant them which in turn will lead to a bigger crop. It’s very easy to do and is best done about 6 weeks before you want to plant them, so mid February to March is ideal:

  1. Put the seed potatoes into an opened egg box, one in each space with any small shoots (or knobbly bits that look like they might soon become shoots) that you can see pointing upwards.
  2. Place the egg box with the seed potatoes in a light, cool place for a little while. A windowsill will do the trick.
  3. In a few weeks the shoots will have grown quite a lot and your potato will look a bit alien.
  4. When the weather warms up a bit you can plant them out ready to dig up loads of potatoes a few weeks later.