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Solanum acaule Mix (50 seeds)


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This will be a new mix for 2017.  These seeds are a mix collected from the best of our tetraploid Solanum acaule varieties.  S. acaule is a wild relative of the domesticated potato and is widespread in the Andes.  Plants are small and produce very small, white tubers.  While they are edible, this species doesn’t generally yield enough to grow for that purpose.  Instead, S. acaule is used in breeding programs to introduce wild traits, particularly frost resistance, to domesticated potatoes.  Our wild potatoes are not fully isolated, so while most of the seeds will be purely S. acaule, some may be crossed with other wild or domesticated potatoes.  Any that are crossed may well turn out to be the most interesting of the batch.  S. acaule has an endosperm balance number of 2 and so must be crossed to diploid potatoes in order to introduce traits to tetraploids.  Seeds of S. acaule usually need to be treated with gibberellic acid (GA3) to obtain good germination.

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Weight 0.01 lbs
Dimensions 3 x 3 x 0.1 in

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