Set to chit indoors: 29th January 2014
First sprouting: 3rd February 2014
Time taken: 5 days
I bought a 2kg sack of Albert Bartlett Rooster seed potatoes from a shop in town, gave half to a grower friend for her birthday and set the remainder to chit, using the bottom half of a large egg box, on the dining room window.
This is the same seed potato just 5 days later and the first signs of life can already be seen on it and many of the other tubers.
15th March 2014
Slowly but surely, the shoots are growing:
8th April: These haven’t grown as much as the King Edwards but they are ready for planting into the potato sacks and a couple of empty compost bags (with drainage holes). I plan to put three tubers in each bag but as there is still a risk of frost, I will have to make sure these are in a sheltered spot and covered at night.
10th April: These have now been planted out with 4 in one of the normal vegetable beds and the rest planted in pairs in potato bags and old compost bags.
17th May: There is now around 10 to 12 inches of growth above ground.
22nd July: These plants didn’t flower at all – I believe something ate the flower buds because there was evidence of stalks but no flowers. One plant had died back quite early but as it was in the worst position, I didn’t hold out much hope for a good crop. In the event we had enough potatoes for roasties and some smaller ones left over for boiling.
12th August: We tipped out one of the bags and retrieved a respectable number of potatoes, although they were primarily salad to small roasting in size.