Category Archives: true potato seed (TPS)

Potato: What You Should Know About Fruits on Your Potato Plants

In 2017, many areas of the US have experienced unusually wet and cool weather.  As a consequence, a lot of people have reported seeing something unusual: potato berries.  They look like small, usually green tomatoes growing on your potato plants.  These are known variously as seed balls, potato apples, potato tomatoes, or simply as berries, […]

Potatoes: First 2013 potatoes from seed

I have been swapping potato seed with other growers for a while now and there is always a hunger for pictures and information about the seeds that I offer.  I’m trying to get a little better at documenting the new varieties as they come out of the ground.  Maybe this blog will help me to […]

Potato: Extracting true potato seed (TPS)

Potato seeds (TPS) in a fine strainer for cleaning

Introduction This is the procedure that we use to extract potato seeds.  This procedure is suitable for extracting large amounts of seed while maximizing germination and minimizing potential for disease transmission.  We extract seed from as much as 25 gallons of berries in a given year and need a process that is fast and efficient […]

Potatoes: Growing from Seed (Part 2)

Well, it took me a while to get back to this topic; that is how it goes in spring.  We’ve been busy planting potatoes instead of writing about it. In the first part of this post, I talked about growing potatoes from true seed and the biological facts of potato sexual reproduction.  In this part, […]