Seed potatoes are usually available to buy from garden centres and seed merchants from early January with different varieties to chose from. These seed potatoes are from disease resistant stock and free from pests, giving you and your soil the best possible start in growing your own potatoes.
Chitting seed potatoes encourages shoots to form, this is particularly helpful with early potatoes (earlies) to get them off to a flying start before planting.
To chit seed potatoes simply stand them in an egg box or tray with the eyes facing upwards towards the light, keep them in a cool, light and frost-free place where they will soon produce short dark green sprouts (shoots) which will help give an earlier crop when planted. They can stay in their trays until planting conditions are right, usually from March onwards ready for lifting around June time. Main crop can go in a few weeks after earlies and second earlies, they’ll be ready for lifting anytime from late August through to the end of the year, depending on variety.
Happy chitting and potato growing!