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Samuel Morton
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Is it OK to chit my potatoes in my bedroom? They are out of direct sunlight and it does get a little warm if I keep the door shut.

Also is it OK for a few potatoes to touch (less than 1/8th of the surface) - I have tried to keep them not from touching to prevent any possible mould whilst they are in the egg cartons/plastic trays.

Also any hints/tips on the best ways to chit them?

Many thanks,

Samuel
 
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Samuel Morton wrote:Is it OK to chit my potatoes in my bedroom? They are out of direct sunlight and it does get a little warm if I keep the door shut.

In my experience potatoes are tough to kill and are extremely keen to grow!
Here's what I do if I bother to chit (I've poked many a potato straight in the ground...)
Bright light I know 'they' say stuff about avoiding it, but I want my sprouts short and stout, and my skin tough and green...

Samuel Morton wrote: is it OK for a few potatoes to touch

In an ideal potato-chitting world, there'd be no touching. But a let's be realistic: it's gonna happen
I suggest avoiding plastic, as it 'sweats'.
Tear the egg cartons in two, get more, and turn your window sills into a potato chitting factory!

By the way, potatoes are unusual in that small 'seed' potatoes don't go on to make small...potatoes...which makes things much easier.

Other advice? Don't cut them-choose small potatoes.
Avoid high nitrogen fertilisers.
Don't lime.
If you have access to comfrey in any form, use it. Potatoes love comfrey.
 
Hester Winterbourne
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When I was a kid my parents decide that under my bed was the ideal place to lay out the seed potatoes. They made a horrible smell, but my parents wouldn't believe me until after some years they read that potatoes give off a nasty gas when they are chitting, and admitted it had not been very nice for me... it was a small victory.

And they were always laid out in seed trays, wedged together, and I don't remember them coming to any harm, so that's how I've done mine this year.
 
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