Growing potatoes from real seed

Just a quickie to say that after my last post about planting sprouted potatoes, rabidlittlehippy sent a useful link via the comments box. Just in case some readers don’t read the comments, I’m relinking to it here.

It’s a really good piece of info about growing potatoes from real seed…..yes, potatoes flower like any other plant and set viable seed. I think I remember reading that the famous (American) variety Russet Burbank, was developed by planting real seed (by a Dr. Burbank, no less).

Last year, I was sent some seed of Pink Fir Apple potato by a member of the Ozgrow garden forum. I sowed it and it germinated and I had a dozen or so seedlings. Somehow I didn’t get time to pot them up and they grew for a while, being intermittently watered and unloved in the seedling tray, until finally giving up on the terrible gardener they’d been lumbered with, and dying. When I started to pull them out, I found a few small tubers. They’d tried so hard, I figured I owed them something and so I put the tubers into some pots and left them in the polyhouse.

A couple of days ago I noticed this (don’t blink, you’ll miss them):

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Little green leaves. Those tiny, tiny tubers have started to sprout! (those orange globules aren’t tubers…that’s slow release fertiliser.)

I’ve promised them this time I will look after them.

5 Responses to “Growing potatoes from real seed”

  1. rabidlittlehippy Says:

    How wonderful that you’ve been able to salvage the crop from your potato seeds. 🙂


  2. notsomethingelse Says:

    That’s interesting. There is always something to learn.

    Now… if only I could get potatoes to live long enough to flower before either the frost or heat gets them. Fortunately, the bit that goes on underground doesn’t seem to care too much about that.


  3. narf77 Says:

    Again, that’s why I love your blog Bev, you are one of the most innovative gardeners I know mixing sustainable techniques and experimental ideas and sharing the results even if they bomb. Glad you managed to get those little spuds a turn on the life carousel :). Have you heard about grafting tomatoes onto spuds? I saw a Pin for it the other day and am curious now. Getting more bang for your buck is a great idea. This isn’t genetic engineering, this is gardeners messing about and creating Frankenstein plants that deliver both fruit and tubers.


    • foodnstuff Says:

      Now that’s something to achieve! Imagine having a plant you could pick tomatoes from and then dig it up and harvest a crop of potatoes. You’ve given me ideas! I’m off to Google.


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