Chit home grown Potatoes
Seed potatoes are easy to grow and will produce an abundance of lovely spuds throughout the season. There are so many varieties of potato the task of choosing a variety to suit you and your culinary needs can seem quite daunting.
We offer a fantastic range of first and second early, main crop, speciality and taster potatoes! All of our seed potatoes are graded and certified to the highest standard and are of the highest quality available.
Once you have chosen the best potato variety for you and your garden, it’s time to decide whether to chit or not to chit!
Generally, most people believe that chitting your potatoes is essential for producing good crops.
If you haven’t chitted your potatoes before, don’t worry! It is simple and easy to chit seed potatoes, just follow our instructions below for the best results!
1. Place your seed potatoes in egg cartons (the side with the most eyes facing upwards) under direct sunlight and wait until the eyes sprout.
2. When the sprouts are 1.5-3cm long and the soil is warm enough you can plant your potatoes outside.
3. Handle your chitted potato seeds with care, gently setting them into the ground with the shoots pointing upwards, and as soon as the shoots appear, earth up each plant by covering it with a ridge of soil so that the shoots are just buried.
Remember- potatoes like plenty of sun so try to avoid frost-prone areas in your garden. It’s ok to plant potatoes in a weed ridden area, potatoes ’swamp-out’ weeds and their growth will be unaffected.
Make sure your potatoes are well watered, whether leaving it to ample rainfall or watering them yourself potatoes need water or the size and quality of the crop will be reduced.
Home grown potatoes will be ready for lifting from June to September, depending on their variety. First earlies can be harvested in June and eaten straight away. Second earlies can be harvested from July and maincrops harvested from August. Both second earlies and main crops should be stored in a cool (but not frost-prone) place until they are ready to eat!
You can find out more about our range of potato varieties and gain some culinary advice by viewing our gardener's blog here.