Vegetables and Fruit forum: 23 March 2017 Chitting Potatoes

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Name: Durgan
Brantford, ON, Canada (Zone 5a)
Durgan
Mar 23, 2017 2:09 PM CST
23 March 2017 Chitting Potatoes
Posted on March 23, 2017 by Durgan

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Sixteen Red Russet and eighteen Brown Russet potatoes were purchased from a supermarket and prepared for chitting in soil. Experience has indicated that soil chitting makes for a very strong root system prior to planting outdoors about 1 June in my Zone 5. Planting in June inhibits the infestation of the Colorado Potato Beetle, since they have nothing to lay eggs on, when they first emerge from the soil in the Spring. The potato growth is not reduced much since they are growing in the pots. Expectation is four pounds plus of new tubers from each plant for a total weight of 136 pounds, which meets my storage requirements. At maturity my potatoes store for six months in my basement root cellar.
Durgan Zone 5a
Brantford, ON Canada
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Name: Durgan
Brantford, ON, Canada (Zone 5a)
Durgan
Apr 6, 2017 8:09 AM CST
Not one of the supermarket potatoes sprouted. 5 April 2017. They all rotted and were discarded. It must be some strong anti sprouting compound used. Now I question as to whether they are even safe to eat. So much for that experiment.
Durgan Zone 5a
Brantford, ON Canada
http://durgan.org/2011/ Garden Journal
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tveguy3
Apr 6, 2017 8:48 AM CST
I always get certified seed potatoes from the local dealer. I always have had good results.
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