How to Chit Potatoes

Why Chit Potatoes?

  • We chit potatoes to encourage faster sprouting of the seed potato
  • This will give us crops quicker as it allows us to start the growing process indoors before the middle of March

How to Chit Potatoes

  • Take your seed potatoes
  • If they are quite large you can cut the seed potato in half
  • Next take an egg carton or similar & place the seed potatoes into the egg carton
  • When positioning ensure that an 'eye' or indent on the seed potato is facing upwards

Where to position

  • Place the egg carton with seed potatoes in a bright & cool location
  • Leave there & do not move or disturb for about 4 weeks
  • The shoots should have reached 3 to 5cm in height
  • The shoots should be green in colour


  • At this stage the seed potatoes are ready for planting out
  • Don't plant out seed potatoes before the middle of March
  • Leave until later if the weather is not suitable

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