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Chitting potatoes: they are slow to sprout


 
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:10 pm    Post subject: Chitting potatoes: they are slow to sprout Reply with quote

I started chitting some seed potatoes six weeks ago and they seem to very slow to sprout. I put them in a cool, bright place away from frost (garage windowcill).

All of the information I have read suggests they will be ready to sow after six weeks when the sprouts will be about 2cm long. Most of mine are not even 1cm - please see atached photographs .

Should I wait until they are 2cm long or would they be alright to sow now?


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Also, is it alright to cut some of the seed potatoes in half in order not to overcrowd some containers and/or make up a shortfall for other containers?

Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check the variety, are these earlies, second crops or main crops?

earlies would be planting about now, second crops in about 2 weeks and main crop after those again.

if these area amin crop variety, due for planting early april, then they still have time to sprout.

find out the variety e.g. golden wonders or rockets etc and let us know, we can advise from there...
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:30 am    Post subject: Chitting Potatoes Reply with quote

I placed my Valor potatoes in seed trays on my shed window sill about mid January. Its only in the past 2 weeks that they have started to sprout, but, ever so slightly ! I bit the bullet this morning and planted them ! Two things made me go for it :
1 - They always say plant your early spuds in and around St Patricks Day.
2 - I saw an old re-run of Gardeners World where Monty Don done a trial. He chitted some potatoes and the others he put straight into the ground. Come harvest time there was absolutely no difference in the yield !

I also have some Maris Pipers chitting in the shed. Has anyone any tips for when to put them in ? I believe they are a maincrop and I should wait another few weeks. Any tips ? Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael196 wrote:
Check the variety, are these earlies, second crops or main crops?

earlies would be planting about now, second crops in about 2 weeks and main crop after those again.

if these area amin crop variety, due for planting early april, then they still have time to sprout.

find out the variety e.g. golden wonders or rockets etc and let us know, we can advise from there...


Thanks. They're 'Orla' first earlies.

Update: I planted them all today but ran out of rigid containers so used fertiliser and compost bags for some of them. I'm concerned about frost over the next couple of weeks so I put them all on the greenhouse footpaths temporarily.

When I move them back out, will the movement of the compost in the bags affect the potato root system?

Do I need to worry about frost affecting them when they're not in the ground and at this time of year? If not, I could put them outside now.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frost is only a threat when the shoots emerge , whcih will be quite a few weeks away, so I would place in their final position now.

therefore I dont believe frost wil be a problem. If you have the ability to put them in the ground now, then do so.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. Another question is watering - I've read conflicting views as to the frequency and volume. Should I water daily with a sprinkling of water?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would be of the view that the young spuds would prefer good soaks spread out further than light sprinklings.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. So how oftern would you water them? (they're all in bags and containers)
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once a week, give thema good soaking.

Watering too frequently causes roots to migrate towards teh surface. you want the roots to dig downwards to find their water supply
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

P.S.

If oyou are planning blight spraying this is also once every two weeks i think !!, obviously not at the same time as watering
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi guys, on the subject of chitting I have some maris peer which have shouts of about 10 to 15mm. I wasn't planning on planting till nearer easter. Is it a problem if shoots get too long?
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