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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 10:03 am    Post subject: Tom Wagner potatoes. Reply with quote

Has anyone tried the potato variety Tom Wagner? I got my allocation from the Seed Savers the other day and these seed potatoes are huge! Not the usual pingpong sized seed tuber, they're about fist sized!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New to me never heard of them have to ask good old google for opinion.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right I've being googling Tom Wagner seems he is a supplier of potatoes so what have you got, seems you do not have a variety called Tom Wagner,
http://www.tomwagnerseeds.com/index.php/potatoes/tps.html
what were you sold now i'm curious.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

..... and, as Mr W comes from Kansas with a range of varieties I've never heard of, the eventual answer to Greengage could be interesting. His web site says much of his growing has been transferred to Hawaii so perhaps they come up with garlands of flowers round them?

On a more serious note, he's apparently done a tour of European countries, including Ireland, so maybe Seed Savers did a deal with him then.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So what id he buy, Tom selling spuds and seedsavers renaming them. mmmmmmmm
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I contacted seed savers direct to find out about these spuds. So Ill let you know the response.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From their website:
http://www.irishseedsavers.ie/supporters/late-maincrop.php

Tom Wagner
These potatoes have been grown now for a couple of years from the true seed, given to us by potato breeder Tom Wagner. If you want to try a totally new potato this is for you. Red, roundish tubers grew reasonably well given the summer!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know I know looked it up, but can find no reference to any variety called Tom Wagner, so I contacted them to see what they have to say, will keep you posted,
Curious.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Based on that blurb, I suspect what was on the catalogue was different. If I can find it I'll post it.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Therte being little else to do in the current weather, I emailed Irish Seed Savers and they replied as follows:-

Thanks for your query, Tom Wagner is a potato breeder and he gave us these true seeds which are called Tom Wagner We only supply seed potatoes to our members and if you are interested in getting these, please click here http://store.irishseedsavers.ie/Supportership_s/59.htm to join Irish Seed Savers and you will receive a welcome pack plus information on how to order seed potatoes and seeds. The benefits of being a member are as follows:

Strangely Mr W doesn't list them on his own web site so ................?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Might not have sufficient quantities?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got the same reply,
Thanks for your query, Tom Wagner is a potato breeder and he gave us these true seeds. We only supply seed potatoes to our members and if you are interested in getting these, please clive here http://store.irishseedsavers.ie/Supportership_s/59.htm to join Irish Seed Savers and you will receive a welcome pack plus information on how to order seed potatoes and seeds. The benefits of being a member are as follows:
I also looked up Mr Wagners website and checked Potato databases and no mention, I suspect they got potatoes off your man dont know the variety and called them tom wagner, true seeds of what, do we not have enough seed potato growers here and in scotland without going all the way to hawaii to buy something spurious. On seedsavers website home page they talk about native this and native that, 600 heirloom vegetable varieties; 48 heirloom grain varieties; 140 native apple varieties and an heirloom potato collection, should I be suspicious of the provenance of any other stuff.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gotta love t'Interweb. Home of conspiracy theories. Rolling Eyes

Hey, maybe they were found during the Moon landings? Question
Oh, er, but that didn't happen...

Well, maybe the were dug up on the grassy knoll Idea

Or tipped out of one of those saucers in Roswell Shocked

Anyway, everybody knows that Walter Raleigh didn't exist. Confused


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The blurb in the current catalogue is similar:
Tom Wagner
These potatoes have been grown now for a couple of years from the true seed given to us by potato breeder Tom Wagner. If you want to try a totally new potato this is for you. Red skin tubers, vigorous, crop well and good flavour.

Not sure what caught my eye there but, as stated in my original post, they're huge seed potatoes.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the true seed of what,
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