Potato Seeds

What is true potato seed or TPS and why isn't it used more instead of the tubers to propagate?.
Potatoes grown from tubers are an exact clone of the parent plant and because of this virus levels build up within that clone, virus is passed from tuber to the next. Plants grown from TPS on the other hand become new hybrid in there own right and are 100% virus free as virus cant be passed on through the seed these tend to display different characteristics from the parent plant. Because of this diversity a wide range of colours, variable tuber shapes, tastes, size of tubers and a range of flower colours is the result. There are possibilities that some of these new clones could go on to produce increased the tolerance levels to Psyllid which is a new potato pest insect to NZ, this could have great benefits for the average home gardener who doesn't want control the pest through the use chemicals and expensive nets.

Growing potatoes from seed is great fun to try your hand at.

Richards mix- 129RW73A

Details  In this mix of seed are varieties that range in colours from purple fleshed, white and red, expect the likes of a licorice allsorts types of colour combination.

Seed is best sown in autumn then transfer the tinny seedlings to pots and grow through winter in a frost free area, in areas that get frosts even green houses can freeze inside. Springtime plant out and allow each of these new varieties to grow till there tops die down late in the season, then its a matter of digging up each plant and assessing which plant has produced the best yield and for desirable shape and colours. The first year tubers are not always the largest but instead its normally when they are replanted in the second season that they will produce far greater yield. It's worth remembering that new TPS cultivarsare virus free
Botanical name  Solanum tuberosum
Price per packet  $4.00
Packet contents  approx 50
Grower name  Richard Watson
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Nev's TPS - 136NS78B

Details  You won't have met many people who have propagated potatoes by any other than vegetative means; in other words from tubers from the previous crop. You may have noticed though, that some potato plants produce flowers. Still fewer of these plants go on to develop and mature small greenish fruits. They look tomato-like and contain a stiff "pulp" holding many small white seeds. These seeds can be encouraged to germinate and with some care will grow into small plants that are easily recognised as miniature  potato plants.

Even from a relatively early stage when they may only be 100mms tall, differences will be discernible  between these individuals. They truly are individuals. They may not all prosper. They will each possess their own degree of disease resistance and vigour. As a propagator you will be rewarded, by those that flourish, with crops of distinctly unique potato tubers; diverse in both form, colour, flavour, texture, maturity and keeping qualities. This is a pursuit I have been involved in for at least 20 years. It is an exciting enterprise (if you are a potato Nerd!), and can result in the coming into being of very worthwhile, totally new, delicious cultivars that you can then continue into the future via the usual system of growing from tubers. But don't forget to keep seed from the best of them and continue the exploration of potatoes from true seed.
Botanical name  Solanum tuberosum
Price per packet  $4.00
Packet contents  40
Grower name  Nev and Sue Sinclair