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    ian foster is offline Germinator
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    Default Chitting seed potatoes

    Hi,

    I have my seed potatoes in egg trays in the summer house on their ends so that they can chit.

    However some of the seed potatoes appear to be "bleeding" and black liquid is coming out. They are also wet.

    Why is this, what is causing it and can I do anything about it or prevent it ?

    Thanks

    Ian

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    Might pay to cut one open and see if they are rotting. Is it warm and dry or cool or even damp?
    No expert on potatoes so see what others have to say too.

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    Can't say for sure but that sounds like some of your spuds have gone rotten? What is the temperature, etc like in your summerhouse?

    There's a thread with pictures here - see if your spuds look like theirs.....hmmm can't find it. Will edit later if I do, found it!

    Chitting potatoes ?

    The potatoes should be in a cool light place out of direct sunlight and frost-free.

    They shouldn't do anything besides grow shortish 'sprouts' from their eyes, (oh and maybe get a bit wrinkly/green)
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    That doesn't sound very good, Ian.

    From your description I would say that it is some kind of rot.

    May I ask, where did they come from?

    If you bought from a merchant or garden centre you should contact them - they should replace them. Don't be tempted to save any apparently healthy looking tubers - they may still be carrying disease.

    Potatoes can be badly affected by disease when it strikes - hence the advice to always buy certified stock. Even then, there can be occasional problems.

    I am sure that others will be along to give you their ideas on what it might be.

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    Hi,

    I purchased them from Marshalls seeds. Does anyone what they are like at either replacement or refunds ?

    I have cut one open and there was not obvious rot, it was just very wet inside.

    There is no heat in the summer house and a window has been open.

    Thanks

    Ian

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    Find Marshalls telephone number and ring them up on Monday morning. I've only been growing potatoes for a few years, but I've never had any do that. I'd definately be ringing up the supplier if they did!

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    I would bet the larger of MY two potatoes that frost has got to them.
    The same has happened to some i had chitting at the allotment shed they are also wet to the touch bleeding a black liquid and soft.
    The sprouts have also blackened and turned mushy.
    I have about 4 varieties from different suppliers chitting in the shed and it affected them all thus ruling out a bad individual batch.
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