How to chit potatoes

Published: August 7, 2010

Potatoes ready to be chitted

Every one loves potatoes. Why not grow your own this season?

I have a roof top garden where I also grow crops in pots. Potatoes are my favorite crop because they are so easy to grow. This afternoon I decided to chit some potatoes.

Chitting potatoes simply means encouraging the tubers to sprout before planting. The easiest way to grow potatoes is in bags, bins or large containers. Here is how you can start chitting your potatoes:

Selecting potatoes
You can simply select any potato that you like the best. It’s hard to find potato seeds ( which are basically baby potatoes) here in Karachi, so I use potatoes from the groccery store. Make sure the potatoes you select are healthy and do not show any signs of virus or infection.

Eyes of a Potato:
Yes, potatos have eyes. Ever noticed the black spots all over a potato? Those are its eyes from where its shoots will begin to appear.

Before your potatoes go in a container or a grow bag, you want them to develop shoots. To encourage that, place your potatoes in an empty egg tray or cardbord box with maximum eyes pointing upwards. Place this tray in a well lit  place but not in direct sunlight.

As soon as you see sprouts emerging, leave only 2-3 shoots on each potato and pinch off any extras.

Last year I selected a sack to grow potatoes. This year I am using a huge plastic tub. It gives me more space and I also like its color!

Lets chit some potatoes together and share our experiences.  Stay tuned to learn how my potatoes are doing in a tub and to know what to do next!


Zahra Ali

A freelance writer, gardening teacher and environmentalist. She has been spreading the message of natural living through her blog 'Crops in Pots' since 2008

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • omais

    WAH! informative article :p… lolz…

    Seriously .. Forget politics, gossip, Violence,Business, Economics,bla bla , lets start growing herbs,, keeping Earth Green,, m GREEN LOVER!Recommend

  • Ghausia

    How is this relevant in any way, please tell me, how, how, HOW?! Why Tribune, why did you publish this? You guys really need to make some changes, I mean, this is the limit. First you’re publishing blogs which are not only poorly written, but are also unethically slamming people, one of them being one of your regular bloggers, now this, for God’s sake, I’d rather go back to reading Dawn at this rate!Recommend

  • Zahra Ali

    Why did u comment here? Why?why?why? If u want to give your feedback write to [email protected] . P.s if u see the tags one of them is ‘hobby’ so its not for everyone. Have tolerance to accept new things that are constructive.Recommend

  • Fatima

    I loved it.. totally!
    Being a regular reader of your blogs, an article or two of the sort is a great idea to serve for a break from all exaggerated and nerve breaking stuff! this is also very much a part of our life. Why expect and look for sensational stuff exclusively! keep it coming =)Recommend

  • Ali


    It’s a blog.. Please go back to Dawn if you do not have the ability to appreciate the versatile nature of a blog..

    I loved the piece… Looking forward to more from you Zahra..Recommend

  • Umair

    Zahra while I have no plans to grow potatoes I did somehow enjoy reading your enthusiastic blog. Ghausia has a point about how used to politics and hard hitting reports we are, but an aloo now and then is really a good break! I look forward to your next piece :)Recommend

  • Sahar

    @Ghausia: sounds like YOU need some time in the garden
    ps: chitting is a funny wordRecommend

  • Natasha

    That was ‘different’ , Zahrah.Recommend

  • Sohail


    Wonderful article !!!!

    EXTREMELY WELL WRITTEN and so very suitable in this time of floods, murder and mayhem. What a lovely respite from the daily grind. It is particularly commendable that nowhere in this article did I find an iota of “unethical slamming of people” or of any of Tribune’s “regular bloggers”. Those who are reading nonexistent rubbish into this are either dyslexic or need to have their eyes examined.

    Kudos to Tribune for publishing this.

    Chit away.


  • Zahra Ali

    I agree. ‘chit’ is a funny word :D. Recommend

  • omais

    Lolzz @ WHY WHY WHY ,,, ! :pRecommend

  • Umair

    Chit is really a funny word now that u guys mention it…Recommend

  • Muhammad Yasin

    Really Refreshing article….!!!

    Brief and Well Organized …!!!

    Thanks Zahra for sharing a lovely piece of writing.

    “baby potatoes”, “chitting”, “I also love its color” Recommend

  • Zahra

    Thanks ! :)Recommend

  • Zuhair

    ehehehe v.nice :)Recommend