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Chitting potatoes

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  1. ben_short
    Member

    Hi,

    I just got my potatoes out to start chitting them to find they have started.

    Pretty much every seed potato in the net has sprouted and many have sprouted from the bottom. The following link shows the net.

    http://twitpic.com/13gliu

    Should I rub off the sprouts and chit them properly or just leave them as they are.

    I assume that the potatoes have expended quite a bit of energy already and rubbing off the sprouts will make them less likely yo grow well.

    Anyone got any ideas?

    Regards

    Ben

    Posted 7 years ago #
  2. Hi Ben,

    Welcome to the farmingfriends forum. I saw your question on twitter http://twitter.com/ben_short

    I am not sure what the correct answer is but I have just been to the topveg website http://www.topveg.com and looked up chitting potatoes http://topveg.com/tag/chitting/

    This article explains how potato chits should look http://topveg.com/2009/03/how-a-potato-seed-chit-looks/

    The potato chit should be:
    dark green
    strong and stumpy

    I would say let them continue chitting but I'm not an expert. I'm sure Topveg will give an answer in the next day or so.
    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

    Posted 7 years ago #
  3. ben_short
    Member

    Thanks Sara.

    I should add that these are desiree main crop potatoes.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  4. Hi Ben

    Have looked at your pic - & you are right! They have started - but the chits are not ideal. Shorter, stubbier, stronger chits would be better.

    Your potatoes are demonstrating apical dominance superbly! (Follow this link for more on apical dominance - http://topveg.com/2007/03/how-many-sprouts-chits-on-potatoes/) This is OK if you are wanting a few, very early potatoes.

    But as they are maincrops & will not be planted for a bit, I would rub the long chits off & put the potatoes in a cool (4-10C), light (greenhouse or North facing window) & well ventilated spot to grow multiple, strong chits.
    Hope that helps & goodluck!
    TopVeg

    Posted 7 years ago #
  5. ben_short
    Member

    Many thanks for the advice and the links to your site. Lots of interesting information.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  6. Hi Ben

    We will all be wanting to know how your desiree turn out - so don't forget to let us know!

    TopVeg

    Posted 7 years ago #
  7. ben_short
    Member

    I'll be sure to let you know.

    Fingers crossed I'll do better than last year when I plated some in a black dustbin. I planted 5 tubers and got about 7 out. Not sure what happened there. lol.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  8. campbell ridge
    Administrator

    I expect mine was beginners luck, but I planted 5 growing potatoes from my fridge into a compost bin and they gave me a good crop ranging from 1" round to 3x2" harvested in Sept, Oct, Nov. I think they were Cara. They were a lovely moist creamy potato.

    Sarah L
    Posted 7 years ago #
  9. Hi All,
    Wonder what the best potato variety is to grow?
    Kind regards
    sara @ farmingfriends

    Posted 7 years ago #
  10. ben_short
    Member

    I went for as the guy at the allotment shop said that they have a high yield, are drought tolerant and disease resistant.

    I also brought some from the super market to make sure I and my family liked the taste :)

    Posted 7 years ago #
  11. Hi Ben,

    Thanks for letting me know you are growing desiree main crop potatoes - good to know they are high yielding and drought resistant although as we flooded a few years ago I'm not sure we need drought resistant ones!

    Hi Sarah,
    My husband who until recently was a potato farmer likes to grow cara and king edwards although KE are susceptible to blight.

    Kind regards
    sara @ farmingfriends

    Posted 7 years ago #
  12. How much land required for this purpose

    Posted 7 years ago #
  13. Mama
    Member

    Hi Bee, We grow our pots at 50 cms apart and in rows of about 60 -75cms apart so you don't need a lot of land. We only grow first earlys as we have a problem with blight and (doryphore), colorado beetle after that. We did grow maincrop in the uk and had wonderful crops. Mama

    Goose Girl
    Posted 7 years ago #
  14. Hi Bee

    If you are short of space you can plant a couple of seed potatoes in a bucket, or plastic sack
    http://topveg.com/2009/03/no-dig-potatoes-for-the-urban-gardener/

    Posted 7 years ago #
  15. campbell ridge
    Administrator

    Hi, I have just harvested a bountiful crop of potatoes that I had "growing" in my fridge in May. Again I think they were Cara, our favourite, and the smae as last year. I did nothing to them but plant them.
    Regards,
    Sarah

    Sarah L
    Posted 6 years ago #
  16. Hi

    Brilliant - just prooves the wonders of nature! The only problem is it does not work every time - using seed potatoes is more expensive - but also more reliable.
    Still nothing better than getting something for nothing & beating the system!!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  17. campbell ridge
    Administrator

    absolutely! If it works again next year I will be convinced as that will be three years running and we really do love Cara pots :)

    Sarah L
    Posted 6 years ago #
  18. well im going to try it out x

    mo x
    Posted 6 years ago #
  19. ben_short
    Member

    I harvested my desiree main crop potatoes the other weekend and have quite a few.

    http://twitpic.com/2l7u21

    Thanks for all the advice.

    Ben

    Posted 6 years ago #
  20. Mama
    Member

    Ben, They look lovely on Twitter . We can not get them here which is crazy as they are drought resistant . What do you use them for . Mama .

    Goose Girl
    Posted 6 years ago #
  21. ben_short
    Member

    Hi,

    So far we've used them for mash and jackets. We brought a deep fat fryer at the weekend for chips :) They are very tasty.

    Ben

    Posted 6 years ago #
  22. Mama
    Member

    Now I am envious, they seem a good all rounder . It's very strange here they have spuds for certain ways of cooking although they don't eat as many as we do in england . I shall look in spring but have not seen them so far .Good luck with the deep fat fryer , I don't have one but hear they are good, have to do with oven chips . Less cholesterol for hubby!! Mama

    Goose Girl
    Posted 6 years ago #
  23. Lynne
    Member

    I bought some charlotte and grew them in thick black garbage bags cut down and with holes in.

    I have some Kestrel in now for winter in the green bags with handles

    Can wait lol

    Posted 6 years ago #
  24. Hi Ben

    Great crop of Desiree potatoes - congratulations!!

    Posted 6 years ago #

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