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Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:34 pm
Last night I went down to the truck patch to see if I could dig up some red taters for our supper. They were delicious. Now for the $64.00 question. I discovered that some of the bushes had what looked tiny green tomatoes growing on the vine (above ground). Cutting one open, I found what appeared to be seeds. I've been around potatoes for a long time, but this is a first for me. My question is, is this harmless, should I break these off, or just ignore them. John
Wed Jul 08, 2009 8:20 pm
Here is the information I think you are looking for.
Whichever variety is selected, use certified disease-free seed. Such seed is grown under rigid rules and carefully inspected by state authorities. The potato seed is not a true seed, but modified stem tissue known as a tuber. The true seed of the potato occurs in the small, inedible orange fruit the plant produces during mid-season.
Enjoy those taters.
Thu Jul 09, 2009 7:08 am
Thanks Bill. I had just never noticed anything like this on my plants before. somehow, I knew you would have the answer. John
Fri Jul 10, 2009 9:40 pm
Not all spud varieties have blooms/green seed balls.--I have 2 that do and 2 that dont! thanks; sonny
Wed Jul 15, 2009 12:21 pm
I found some of the seed balls on my potatos so I thought I'd post a picture. Last night I found several of them, but today many were gone. I wonder if birds are eating them.
Wed Jul 15, 2009 4:36 pm
That's what mine look like.
Fri Jul 17, 2009 11:06 pm
A lot of them fall off instead of maturing!-----Some of mine fall off too! thanks; sonny
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