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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 5:23 pm    Post subject: Little Spuds Grown on my Potatoe Stalks Reply with quote

Hi Guys, just a query? about my Potatoes. As i was in my Garden today, and i have noticed, those little ''green like potatoes'' ( some are as big as a golfballs) grown on, some of the stalks. Now i have sown Potatoes over the years, but i have never noticed those, in previous years. I have include a few pics in my post here. Hope somebody can tell me something about those, or is it normal for those to appear.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Summer, see the top piece of this article I put together......... http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/about1257.html
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're the fruit of the potato, but don't eat them - they're poisonous.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, as you say ''fruit of the potato'' but is a common thing with Potatoe Crops? as i have never seen, any of those in my previous crops, that i have sown, or is it to do, with certain varieties of Potatoes.?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're quite common - I have lots on my Sarpos.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

summer wrote:
as i have never seen, any of those in my previous crops, that i have sown, or is it to do, with certain varieties of Potatoes.?


Their arrival can depend a lot on the soil/weather conditions present in your site.
Just like their close relatives the tomatoes, our potatoes will produce flower then seed dependent on the varieties planted as well.
I am sure some gardeners can tell you tales of heavy cropping tomato varieties and conversely poor cropping varieties.
The same would be true of potato varieties and their top fruit.

The way I look at it is the less top fruit produced then the more plant energy is available to produce ground fruit.
Many small cropping gardeners will remove the fruits of the potato to stop the plant putting energy into seed production rather than tuber production.
Just be careful of where you dispose of the fruits if you remove them, as highlighted by Sean Ph'lib with his "poisonous" comment.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Guys, and thank's for the reply's. And yes, now i have a better understanding, of what happens, in the growing period of our humble spud. where would i be, as a ''novice'' without you all, in this great forum, Thanks again.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it is by growing the seeds inside these fruits that new varieties of potatoes are produced. The fruits develop as are the result of pollination and the outcome depends on what the parentage was (pollen donator). Potatoes can be produced from in the second year.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you michael, for the info.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it ok to eat the potatoes at the end of the stalk with the fruit? Question
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it is ok to eat the tubers that are produced under ground.
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