|True potato seed information and growing instructions|
|True potato seeds are breeding seed and germination is not guaranteed.|
Cuchipa Ismaynin is a Peruvian heirloom potato. It has strong dormancy and also tuberizes under long days with about a four month maturity, so it is easy to grow in North America, unlike many diploid potatoes. It has purple skin and partially purple flesh.
Cuchipa Ismaynin was provided by the USDA Potato Introduction Station as PI 607491.
Cuchipa Ismaynin has floury flesh and moderately thick skin. I think the flavor is excellent. It is a good potato for roasting. It is probably less ideal for frying or mashing due to the smaller tuber size and deep eyes. When cooked, the white flesh becomes much more yellow and the purple flesh intensifies.
Calawah produces modest yields, around a pound per plant, with most tubers smaller than three inches, but some occasionally growing to twice that size. This variety has very deep eyes and will grow best in a loose, more sandy soil. In clay soils, the tubers may prove challenging to clean. The trick with deep eyed tubers is to wash them as soon as they are harvested, before the soil dries to the tubers. Plants flower abundantly and set seed easily with a diploid pollinator, but they produce very little pollen.
True Seed (TPS)
TPS was collected 2018 to 2020 and was insect pollinated. It grew in a block with other high dormancy diploids. The results were actually a bit disappointing. The majority of the seedlings were short day types that only form tubers very late. It is certainly possible to get really cool varieties from this TPS, but you will have to sow a lot to find types that tuberize well in the summer. This seed is relatively slow to germinate, so give it some extra time. The seeds are small and produce small seedlings that grow slowly at first. Once they catch up though, they mature normally. Because of these challenges, I recommend this TPS only to people who have some experience.