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Chitting potatoes (correct spelling)

Posted by jbest123 Zone 5 PA (My Page) on
Thu, Dec 11, 08 at 14:12

I always buy small seed potatoes and plant them hole. I have had better luck doing this other than buying large ones and chunking them. This year I will be chitting my seed potatoes removing all sprouts leaving only two plants per seed spud. I am doing this in an attempt to produce more larger potatoes and fewer small ones. Has any one tried this and what kind of luck did you have?


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RE: Chitting potatoes (correct spelling)

I don't remember which seed potatoes I planted where in my BAYG bins, but I had a mix of larger and smaller seeds. Only one potato seed didn't germinate out of two pounds. I didn't cut the larger potatoes into two or three eye pieces last year. Not sure if I'll do that this year or not.

Now for the coming year, I saved the smallish potatoes I harvested for seed. Not sure they'll hold out until it's time to plant (March I believe). If they do I'll test your theory.

My fear is that the runt potatoes will grow runt potatoes. Not sure if that logic holds for plants. We shall see.

RE: Chitting potatoes (correct spelling)

sinfonian, I have planted the small seed potatoes for the last several years. When I would chunk them, I would let them set until they scabbed over before planting them. When I dug them up to see why they did not sprout, they were all mush. My seed potatoes this year were about the size of a golf ball and they produced several potatoes in the 1 # range so I do not think it is in there DNA to produce small potatoes.


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