How to Grow Your Own Potatoes - Chitting

Quadgrow Root Veg Planter - Grow your Own PotatoesIt's the perfect time of year to dig out the Root Veg Planters and start thinking about growing your own potatoes.

Chitting potatoes is a simple, fantastic way to get ready for the potato growing season!

What is Chitting?

Chitting potatoes is the process of preparing your spuds for planting; by encouraging them to develop strong and healthy shoots before planting. It's a great way to get your potatoes off to a head start.

When to Start Chitting

The best time to start chitting potatoes depends on where you’re based in the country. For anyone living in a warmer part of the country, you can start chitting from the end of January. For anyone living in a colder part, February is a far better time to start chitting.

How do I Chit my Potatoes?

Grow Potatoes - Hessian Spud Sack1. To successfully chit your potatoes, begin by placing them in a suitable container. A seed tray or clean egg carton will make a fine home for your chitting spuds.

2. Next, place your potatoes into your container. You will want to have them facing rose end up. ‘Rose end’ refers to the end with the most eyes, and is typically the more rounded end.

3. Next, place this container in a cool, frost-free room with good access to light. Over the coming weeks, strong green shoots should start to grow from the eyes of your potatoes. These will help your potatoes grow quicker and produce crops sooner once planted.

How Long Does Chitting Take?

Typically, potatoes take around 6 weeks to chit successfully. Once the sprouts measure around 2-3cm, the potatoes are ready to be planted on into your potato planter or potato growing bag. As such, it is always best to start chitting your potatoes at least 6 weeks prior to when you want to start growing them.

What Comes Next?

Once your potatoes have chitted, simply plant the whole potato into your selected pot. Our Quadgrow Root Vegetable Planter is perfect for growing your own potatoes, keeping them watered for up to 2 weeks at a time! Once your potatoes are ready to harvest, pop them into a Vegetable Storage Bag. These hessian veg sacks allow air to flow around your bumper crops, preventing storage rot and veg sweating, so you can enjoy your potato harvests for longer.

You can also find out more about growing potatoes with our handy guide.

If you have any further questions about chitting your potatoes, how to grow potatoes, or general gardening queries, please feel free to get in touch with our Gardening Angels on 0845 602 3774 or by email on We're always happy to help!

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