I'd like to make a little report of my TPS 2011 season.
I ordered them at New World Crops :
+ Free seeds : Howie Mandel
In my warm frame in April :
A Suytu Vilquina outdoor in May :
A Tollocan Fiesta in early June :
A young shoot next to it :
The first flowers on a Suytu Vilquina :
The first ones on an Orangutan :
The first ones on a Tollocan Fiesta :
The "field" in July ( there's a Solanum sisymbriifolium between the taters and the apple trees ) :
And now this week :
And its numerous berries :
Howie Mandel :
A Tollocan Fiesta harvested this week, the stem was rotten because of the constant rain :
We can see its red eyes :
All King Harry died early, after difficult recovering from transplanting, as some Phyto Phyter. Phyto Phyter had round yellow tubers with white and very hard flesh after cooking, perfect for boiling ! Suytu Vilquina grows numerous thin stems that crawl more than a meter around. They don't seem to suffer from late blight. Orangutan are very tall plants full of berries with no blight neither. Howie Mandel have special leaf shape similar to Skagit Magic I saw indyartist grows in containers. They're seriously infected by late blight. I have only one of each Phyto Phyter and Tollocan Fiesta left.
As you can see, tubers from this Tollocan Fiesta aren't the same shape than the last one. These ones are round and flattened whereas the last ones where round or oval. The size is great, also. Far greater than the other because this one seems to have normally finished its growing season.
Last Edit: Sept 9, 2011 13:33:44 GMT -8 by samyaza
Orangutan, notice the slight pink color on some areas :
My huge Orangutan that was so gorgeous now has a disease. It developed between Monday and Friday, when I was absent, and on the whole plant ( I don't know why it's yellow on the picture, maybe the flash ) :
The disease manifests also on the Suytu Vilquina that were as totally late blight-free until now.
Has you can see, there's no trace of yellow around the stains and the stems have it too, they rot on long parts. It looks like drops that would have spotted the leaves. It begins as a round stain of grey powder on a leaf and quickly turns to black. For information, the weather has been hot and wet this week.
I doubt this is late blight. Late blight make yellow around the stains, the leaves curve and then dry. In addiction, there was no trace on it while the next plants were severely infected by late blight.
I noticed Orangutan tubers with 1 inch long sprouts after just a week in the cave...
Is it normal ? Tom said it has S. phureja in the pedigree, and I read S. phureja has no dormance at all. Could the "non-dormant" trait have passed from S. phureja to Orangutan ?
If it goes on and becomes really annoying, I think I'll eat them and sow the tons of seeds I got from this plant. TPS are absolutely great ! There are a lot of seeds in the berries , you can select them from the parent you like, you can make crosses, it takes little space, you can send them in a letter and you can keep them several years, all you couldn't do with tubers !
Anyway, this first TPS season for me has been really exciting, for sure I'll try it again next year, and with other varieties from NWC !
That's a lot of potatoes. What is the trick? What soil you had those in? I am a bit dissapointed so far from TPS tubers this year. One plant gave me about 4 but no more than 6 or less than 1lb per plant. I had all of them in containers this year because lack of space and to control each variety better.
The segregation for S. phureja dormancy problems is going to show up in about 1/4 of the seedlings...maybe more. Orangutan carries the phureja background but as a tetraploid......just what we need...conventional potato varieties with short dormancies! Sorry, but there may be some linkage to traits like flavor and color along with the short dormancy...I don't know yet.
My special project of breeding bulk lines of very colorful phureja to several dozen phureja clones is shoring up hundreds of thousands of hybrid phureja TPS. These hybrids will be posted in my listings on my website later on. Short dormancy will be a factor in most of the projected seedlings, but if I get enough followers to try the TPS...maybe some long dormancy clones can be found.
I do have some of the bulk phureja pollen crossed to a broad range of Tetraploids this year...haven't extracted the seed from the berries yet....but some of these hybrids could have longer dormancies.
Some of my Tetraploid x Orangutan types are showing good dormancy rates...all a work in progress.
Thanks everyone for posting pictures of tubers from my TPS!!!
wmontanez : the soil is the result of decades with only grape marc enrichment on ( not every ) fall, just asparagus, narrow arable land with limestone gravel under.
Moreover, asparagus is a crop that make the stone move up to the surface as you must hill it up and down very deep and twice a year, and soil doesn't like to be mixed with that stone, at all.
This year, the result was awful chlorosis on corn, peppers, eggplants and tomatoes, especially on the part besides the apple trees. For example, tomato plants were 1/3 the height of the others in that part. Some corn were only 27 inches tall. You can see how short they were on the pictures. Potato is a strange crop, I confess.
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