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I have done this several different ways over the years, but I have settled on this method as the easiest to manage. I used to try to store them and ship them with other packeted tubers, but this way relieves me of the burden of storing them. Between September and December each year, I harvest many new varieties as part of my breeding program and select only a few to continue. This is a grab bag of these unnamed, second or third year varieties. They weren’t top performers in my climate, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t perform well for you. In fact, it is entirely possible that you could find varieties that perform better in your climate than those that I select, particularly if your climate is a lot different. There are tons of great potatoes that I don’t keep simply because they aren’t exactly what I am looking for. 90% or more of these will be Andean potatoes, both tetraploids and diploids. Dormancy varies, so some tubers will be sprouting on arrival.
When you order, I just stuff a small priority mail box with whatever happens to be in the bin that day. This can be anywhere between about 8 and 30 tubers – whatever fills the box. I try to avoid duplicates, but you might get a few. Varieties will not be identified, but I will include a note with information about what was in the bin they were selected from. These tubers are not tested for disease and are not as clean as the tubers that I put in packets. You should wash them before you plant them.
Please don’t email me asking to include or exclude certain kinds of potatoes. I would love to be able to accommodate these kinds of requests, but there just isn’t time. This product is for adventurous gardeners who aren’t choosy. You will get some potatoes that will give you a head start over beginning from seed. They have been through some gross selection. They will form tubers under long days, at least some of the tubers will be good eating size, they won’t be extremely bitter, they won’t have stolons any longer than about 16 inches, and they will have the ability to flower and fruit in a mild climate. When I am harvesting diploids, there is a possibility that you could get a box in which most or even all of the tubers are sprouting, so you should think about whether or not that is something that you want to deal with. Otherwise, they will be extremely varied in their traits. I will not include any wild potatoes, but there may be wild/domesticated hybrids. The potatoes that I offer in September will be mostly early varieties and diploids. As we get into Oct/Nov, there will be more mid and late season potatoes.
A few people have asked how often they could order and be assured of getting different varieties. That varies, but if you ordered no more often than once a week, there would be very little overlap. If you place an order, wait until you receive it, and then place another order, you should have little chance of getting any duplicates. If you order more than one box at the same time, the contents will be at least partly and often mostly the same.