Saving True Potato Seeds (TPS)

Saving True Potato Seeds (TPS)

I’ve been busy squishing “tattie apples”, which are the small fruits growing on potato plants, to save some seeds. The berries do look like green (and then dark purple) cherry tomatoes and no wonder since they are of the same family!
I’ve been inspired to save tps (true potato seeds) by Rebsie Fairholm (http://daughterofthesoil.blogspot.co.uk/) and have got her book on potato breeding which I would recommend to anyone interested on the subject – but bear in mind that it can lead to an addiction to potato breeding!

Saving seeds from a potato berry is the same as saving from a tomato: first collect the seeds in their pulp coating (which contains germination inhibitors), put them in a glass with some water, wait 2-3 days for the pulp to ferment, wash the seeds clean and then put them on wax/baking paper to dry!

 

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