Chitting potatoes light or dark

Question ...

I'm getting conflicting advice about chitting potatoes. Some say they should be kept in the dark until first buds appear while some say they should be chitted in light areas. Any thoughts?

Answer ...

At Garden Organic we would advise putting your seed potatoes to chit in daylight. Having said that, if they are chitted in the dark, it is not the end of the world. Either way, it is important that they protected from frost.

We have tried planting tubers with shoots up to 20cm long (produced in the dark) and they still grew (but are not easy to plant!)

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