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Cultivation and care:
- Preparation/chitting: About 4 to 8 weeks before planting put the seed potatoes in shallow boxes, exposed to light. The ambient temperature should be between +10 and 15°C.
Chitting can shorten the time for potatoes to ripen by up to 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the variety.
- Dig in furrows 8 to 10 cm deep spaced by about 30 to 35 cm and place the sprouting potatoes in the furrows with the eyes (sprouts) upwards.
- Cover the potatoes with about 5 cm of composted soil, close the furrows and then water.
- As soon as the plants have grown to a height of about 15 cm, build up an earth dam or heap up loose soil around the plants.
- During dry weather, water regularly especially during the flowering period.
The benefits of chitting potatoes:
Chitting potatoes in a light place, helps the entire development of the plant. Chitted seed potatoes will almost always completely sprout, produce a higher yield, produce tubers more quickly (up to 14 days) and are less disease-prone.
Early potatoes are planted in early spring (in central Europe from March to April).
Late potatoes for the main harvest are planted in late spring (in central Europe from the end of April to early May).
Tips: To ensure that there is sufficient nitrogen, put two broad beans with each potato in the soil. Never grow potatoes under fruit trees.
You can grow potatoes on your balcony or terrace and here's how to do it.
Potatoes will also ripen in a pot with a drain hole or in potato containers with side flaps for easier harvesting.
This is how to do it:
- Chitt the seed potatoes
- Add the following to the container
- A 10 cm layer gravel or sand
- A 15 cm layer of soil mixed with some sand
- Add 3 to 4 seed potatoes depending on the size of the container and water regularly
- Add enough soil so that just the tips of the sprouting leaves can be seen as soon as the sprouts have reached a length of 10 cm.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the container is filled with soil up to its top edge.
Before frost, cover the container with a plastic fleece so that the foliage does not freeze.