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Old 07/25/07, 12:28 PM
 
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Little green potatoes, seeds??

My Yukon Gold potato plants have grown very well so far, great foliage, lots of blossoms and have little green balls about 1/2" diameter were the flowers were, except where that rogue bunny nipped off the buds, it'll be buzzard food if I see it out there.

So, are my tater plants making seed potatoes, or is something else going on??

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Old 07/25/07, 12:39 PM
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What you are seeing are seed pods. They look like small tomatoes. Yukon Gold is prone to doing this, but others will occasionally. If you were a hybrid or purebred potatoe seed producer, this is what you would collect. I have heard that the seed pod is poison, I can't verify that, but use caution, I wouldn't try eating them.

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Not interested in eating them, but didn't know how to approach them, I'll treat them as future seeds and keep my eyes on them for future usability.

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i am not sure of the process, but i imagine it would take at least two years to get usable seed potatoes from those seeds. i also suspect that they could cross pollinate with other taters'. i think yukon golds produce these readily as i have had them the last two years as well.

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Have you grown taters from them??

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no...never tried it.

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As Meloc said, it will take at least 2 years to get a tuber big enough to eat in 2 bites. And then the one thing that's guaranteed is that it won't be a Yukon Gold. Potatoes as we know them are hybrids and the seed won't grow true to the parent plants.

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Old 07/25/07, 09:26 PM
 
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So, we are limited to always buying seed potatoes? I know they are cheap enough, but it's the principal of the thing, being able to continue propagating ones own food plants.

Thanks for the info, I bet if I use the search function on here I'll have a winters worth of potato reading.

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i would think that if you start with disease free stock, don't contaminate the soil with blight from any diseased potatoes or tomatos, that you could rely on your own seed potatoes from year to year. you would have to time the plantings to allow for proper storage, but you could do it.

that would be a good project for someone to do...pick a few heirloom tomatos and the potatoe or three of choice, be sure they are disease free and see how things go over a five year period with no influence from outside stock.

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I've been regrowing my potatoes for at least three generations now. I was not overly pleased with this year's production but fault it on some other issues. So, Wdchuck, you dont have to buy new "seed potatoes" each year, just keep a few of your best potatoes safe and they will eye out and you can cut and replant.

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Having to plant potatoes only from seed pieces isn't a conspiracy. The Incans were doing that many centuries before Europeans discovered them! I bought Carola from Pinetree in 2000 or 2001 and have been growing it ever since. Only needed to be a one-time purchase.

As a bit of added information, there is one SSE member who offered 588 potato varieties this year. He also offers true seed from some varieties. However, it's with the condition that any results be given a different name than the cloned parent.

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Do potatoes have any genetic degenerative problems from using the same stock/offspring year after year?

I realize it has been done for a long time, but I'd like to know all I can about growing anything, from each perspective. Thanks for the information to date folks.

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Do potatoes have any genetic degenerative problems from using the same stock/offspring year after year?
I don't think that you fully understand it yet. The subject variety is Yukon Gold so I'll explain that one. No matter where you buy them, they are genetically identical clones which can not be easily manipulated. All are from a single cross made between 2 varieties at the University of Guelph in 1966. In 14 years, there was sufficient seed stock to register Yukon Gold as an official variety in 1980. Since any attempt to breed something else into it would result in a different variety, whatever you see now as Yukon Gold anywhere is the same as it was when the first tuber was produced 41 years ago. That's just the way it is!

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