True Potato Seed

jackleroy(6)June 25, 2014

My Idaho Russet potatoes decided to grow true seed this year! It's the first time for me, and needless to say, I'm pretty excited.

I was just out in the garden and I found two fruits (proper name?) that had fallen to the ground. I've attached a picture with a quarter for size reference.

My questions are:

Are they mature?

What the heck do I do with them?

Is it possible to save them for a year or should they be planted in the fall?

If you can offer any insight, It'd be extremely helpful.

Thanks!

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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

The potato fruit in the picture are unripe. What do you do with them? You throw them out unless you are into breeding new cultivars of potatoes. They will not produce a usable potato crop next year, just tiny tuberlets. And they will not produce the variety they came from. However, you could try breeding your own new varieties if that interests you.

Here is a link that might be useful: Breeding potatoes

    Bookmark   June 29, 2014 at 5:43AM
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jackleroy(6)

I know they most likely won't produce the same variety. I'm interested in saving them for the winter and seeing what I can do. That's why I posted here.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2014 at 12:20AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Did you look at the link? It explains how and when to grow the seed on to get your own new varieties, if that's your intention.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2014 at 11:33AM
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