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    Quote Originally Posted by gojiberry View Post
    Well done and a good result, but I think I will stick with the traditional method and use tubers.

    Ian
    Let loose your spirit of adventure man! I'll still be growing from tubers but I'll try a few seeds for the hell of it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zazen999 View Post
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    What a wonderful thread - I missed this one whilst I was away.

    Flummery - I am still planning on saving you some of mine; if you have enough just let me know. After this I'm going to keep the rest and try this method myself with the rest anyway.
    I think I'm ok now ZAZ - use them yourself. I appreciate the offer though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snadger View Post
    Let loose your spirit of adventure man! I'll still be growing from tubers but I'll try a few seeds for the hell of it!
    Exactly my thoughts Snadger. I'm going to use a few tubs so I shan't be wasting ground. What's to lose?
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    It's time to resurrect this thread because I've just finished harvesting my potato fruits for seed and thought Id share my method.

    Take a sharp knife and cut the top of the fruit off as close to the growing stem as possible. Then slice the fruit in half from top to bottom, once this has been accomplished take the knife and try to carve the flesh away from the skin. you should find that the flesh sack explodes like a tomato when squashed. Next scrape the seeds and flesh onto a kitchen towel to dry, place the kitchen towel in a warm dry place and leave for 3 or 4 days.

    At the end of this period scrape the seeds from the towel into an envelope and label. (please say i'm not the only one with random seeds in packets....)

    I believe that the seeds have a dormancy period of approx 6 months so if they don't grow at first be patient and try a little later on. I managed to get mine to germinate outside in a cold frame just before Easter last year so Im thinking that a March/April planting should be appropriate.

    I hope this helps

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    I've never managed to get a potato to fruit (they always drop off); but I've just been and mulched my Pink Firs and Roosters, and there're 4 big fat fruits on one of the Roosters ... I'm going to just ignore them, not make a fuss, and hope they manage to produce seed for me (and anyone else who's interested).
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    My tray full of 'tattie apples' drying off nicely. mainly from Desiree but a few from Duke of York as well. All mixed in together!

    One thing I don't understand is why they don't self seed in the garden? Tomatoes self seed if thrown in compost heap or left on the ground so why not spuds?

    Anyway..............let the trial begin!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duronal View Post
    Many of you have contributed to several threads regarding potato fruits and the collecting of potato seed. Many of which can be found below.


    As for the actual growing of potatoes from seed some people wanted instructions so here's my account on this years potato experiment.


    I harvested seed at the end of 07 by picking off the potato fruits from some king edwards and leaving them to ripen indoors (turn black) When the fruits were ripe i scooped the seeds out onto a kitchen towel and left to dry. Following this they were scraped into a manila envelope and left for 6 months.

    I sowed the seeds just prior to Easter this year (march) in fine drills of multipurpose compost and left them to germinate in my cold frame. Within 14days 80% of the seeds had germinated but i lost 6-8 seedlings to slugs in the 1st week. Consequently i pricked out the remaining seedlings into 6" pots of multipurpose and left them to develop. When things were starting to look a little cramped i repotted the plants into deep 10" pots of more multipurpose but planted each seedling quite deep so that only the top leaves were visible.

    As for the post care treatment these plants have largely been neglected. I have been careful not to let them dry out but that's it,

    Due to my absolute fear of potato/tomato blight this year i decided to harvest all my potatoes early to ensure that there was a reduced chance of spreading blight to my tomatoes (20 odd plants). I had no idea if I would find tublets or potatoes of an edible size and i have to admit that the results have been a great suprise.




    1 Kilo of potatoes the potatoes in question are firm with increadily smooth skin and nice yellow flesh i'm just dying to eat them!

    What i'm most amazed aboutis that these potatoes have had no extra care and also they were grown in small pots. I hope to continue this experment next year with multiple plants in a large bag and also to compare the results of regular feeding.

    So we now know that it can be done.....so who is interested in having a larger scale experiment next season?
    Just wondered............did the tatties you harvested look and taste like the King Edwards you used to get the seed?
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    I've left mine at the side of the spud patch, and they will go into the shed in a few weeks, I'll do the same to get the seed out and sow next spring.


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