Skip to comments.Gardening question - taters
Posted on 09/14/2013 10:49:42 AM PDT by djf
This year, as always, I grew a boatload of taters.
Three or four varieties, plus I always have a few stragglers coming up from the previous year.
Most of the plants flowered, and on a few of them I got pods, sort of tomato-like, but they have (I guess) potato seeds in them.
Does anyone know is it safe to grow potatoes from seed? I seem to recall reading that the solanum type plants tend to cross breed and can pick up wild pollen - the thing I'm wondering is if I might somehow end up growing some truly killer taters!!
Anyone ever try this or do this?
That looks like a huckleberry or wonderberry of the nightshade family.
Basically on potato seed balls they will come up if you plant them, but the seeds won’t be true. Never heard of them crossing with anything however.
I read that Luthor Burbank planted the seed from one of those potato pods - and; got the famous burbank potato.
Tomatos are also related to the deadly nightshade. In factthey were grown as an ornamental plant and thought to be poisonous.