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It’s time to chit your Potatoes

If you’re thinking of planting and harvesting a potato crop, now is the time to start chitting your potatoes.

Chitting is the process of encouraging seed potatoes to sprout before planting them. It can help potatoes to grow more quickly and produce a bigger crop.
The best time to chit potatoes depends on when you plan to plant them. In general, you should start chitting seed potatoes about six weeks before you plan to plant them. February is a good time to start chitting potatoes in this part of the world, although you can also start in January.

Chitting Potatoes, a close up

To chit potatoes, you should place them in a cool, dry place with good air circulation and plenty of light. You can use egg cartons, trays or seed potato bags to hold the potatoes upright and prevent them from rolling around. Make sure that the end of the potato with the most eyes is facing upward. After a few weeks, you should start to see sprouts emerging from the potatoes.

After chitting, it typically takes about 2-3 weeks for potato seedlings to emerge from the soil. However, the time it takes for potatoes to produce a crop can vary depending on a variety of factors, such as the type of potato, growing conditions, and planting time.

In general, potatoes take about 90-120 days to mature and produce a crop after they are planted. However, this can vary depending on the growing conditions and the variety of potato. For example, early potatoes may be ready for harvest in as little as 70 days, while late-maturing potatoes may take up to 150 days to mature.

It’s important to note that while chitting can help potatoes to grow more quickly and produce a bigger crop, it is not a guarantee of success. Proper soil preparation, fertilization, and watering are also important factors in growing healthy and productive potato plants.