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    In the articles I've read about true potato seed, the idea is that this will be great for developing countries precisely because the seeds will not be infected by blight even if the plant was. No personal knowledge, just repeating something I read on the internet...
    Warning: I have a dangerous tendency to act like I know what I'm talking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daylily View Post
    Depengs, what fungus, some go down the seed. Anyhow, I'm interested in this for the biological diversity of open pollinated stuff, unreliant on Mon*****and the likes and giving possibly more reliable gen pool.Potato Breeding Overview
    I see where you're coming from daylily, and if you are trying to develop a blight resistant tattie it would be best to collect seed from plants that aren't affected.(not a major pre requisite for me as I don't live in a blight affected area!), but only if they were NOT affected whilst tuthers around were!
    As this is the first saving and sowing of our own seed, the new potato varieties that are grown could be weeded out by the individual to give desirable qualitities to suit their personal needs!

    Interesting article btw!
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    What an enviable situation you are in Snadger! Me on the other hand...hardly a year without blight . So I thought, there wasn't much to lose and I should give it a good go.

    Demeter, I think you are right about this particular pathogen, I'm saying there are fungi that invade the seed, like Phytophthora capsici, for example. But, as Snadger says, I'd like to save from healthy, strong plants.

    Unfortunately, Phythophtora strains seem to be worse with tomatoes here, had some years when only the tomatoes were diseased and not a single potato was. And that includes so called 'resistant' ones, like Legend.

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    You are all lucky to have potatoes, I planted 11 row, only got one out, the rest got blight. They were not long enough in the ground to grow, only marble size. I have lost the lot. They were sprayed but it did'nt make any difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daylily View Post
    Unfortunately, Phythophtora strains seem to be worse with tomatoes here, had some years when only the tomatoes were diseased and not a single potato was. And that includes so called 'resistant' ones, like Legend.
    My Tamina tomatoes have now got blight (but not Sungold).
    My spuds were unaffected (all the foliage died back last month from old age, so missed any blight that might have got them)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lizzy View Post
    You are all lucky to have potatoes, I planted 11 row, only got one out, the rest got blight. They were not long enough in the ground to grow, only marble size. I have lost the lot. They were sprayed but it did'nt make any difference.
    Spraying doesn't always work. I personally wouldn't bother, but I know others do.

    Unfortunately you live in a blight-prone area ... damp Wales (Devon & Cornwall are bad too).
    Perhaps you could try some blight-resistant varieties next year? some on here: The British Potato Variety Database
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    I understand that the advantage of growing from seed is that diseased aren't passed on to the next generation. I read that somewhere. I think!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Two_Sheds View Post
    Spraying doesn't always work. I personally wouldn't bother, but I know others do.

    Unfortunately you live in a blight-prone area ... damp Wales (Devon & Cornwall are bad too).
    Perhaps you could try some blight-resistant varieties next year..........................
    Or move house?
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