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True Potato Seed

Posted by Jackleroy 6 (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 25, 14 at 16:06

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.


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RE: True Potato Seed

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

RE: True Potato Seed

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.

RE: True Potato Seed

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.

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