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    My Dad only ever grew tomatoes, rhubarb and runner beans. He always chitted his beans, it's part of my precious childhood gardening memories. Happy days.
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    I think I should have done this. Some of my peas and beans just rotted and I think I had the compost too wet. This might help me to get it right.

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    Used this the other week for sweetcorn and planted the ones that chitted in pots. They have all come through. What a great tip.
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    I generally chit my runners then pot up before planting out, but this year as I'm following one of VC's plans (the "mix 'em all up and chuck 'em on the ground" plan) I poked them all into the ground at the weekend. No water, no cherishing - looks like they've nearly all germinated, even though the soil looks as dry as dust.

    For the record, they were an old pack of "Firestorm" rather than my usual self-saved seeds. I'm growing less this year, probably only half the number I often grow, so wanted to be sure they produced well even if the weather is not brilliant for them.

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    I loved the chitting idea when I first read about it. I couldn't really apply it since I had already sowed my seeds. However, on Saturday, I bought me some purple dwarf bean seeds (I keep saying I don't have space, but come on... it's purple beans! And they're dwarf as well! I had SUCH success with them last year!) and decided to chit them before putting them out between the strawberries and spinach.

    I put 20 of them between a couple of layers of toilet paper (didn't have kitchen towels, but I don't let minor issues like that stop me. I improvise... a lot!), soaked it, and put it in a plastic box, on the window sill. All but 4 of them have little tadpole tails of roots coming out. I'm giving the 4 laggards one more day.

    Now, my question is... can I plant them out once the roots are out, or should I wait for the cotyledons to unfurl? I *think* roots should be enough but want to be sure.
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    yes plant them as soon as the roots show - its easier to handle them without damage at this stage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickdub View Post
    yes plant them as soon as the roots show - its easier to handle them without damage at this stage.
    Thanks, Nick! I'll plant them out today then.

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    You're very welcome - happy gardening :-)
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