Chitting Potato Seed

IMG_20150306_103547The seed potatoes have arrived!! With all this sunny weather it’s tempting to start planting immediately. We’ve learned from long experience that there could still be some rainy days ahead and cold wet soil does not make the little potato seeds happy. The seed has had a long winter of dormancy and they need light & warmth in order to break out of their sleepy state. This process is called chitting. We put them in the greenhouse or somewhere similar for a week or two until they start to form tiny little sprouts. This let’s us know that they are now metabolically awake and then it will be time for planting!