sold out Selected for 'diploidness' or fruitfulness, 'Purple Ease' has produced both high yields of tubers as well as full sets of berries to extract seeds from. As a result you will be able to continue this line of fruitful potato without ever having to purchase seed potatoes again plus grow and sell the Perennial Perpetual Diversity Potato. This package comes with 10 tubers of 'Purple Ease' as seen in the image as well as 1000 seeds produced from this potato which I kept separate from other potato plants to avoid cross pollination. I am also including another 1000 seeds from plants that have overwintered for the last decade here at my farm in southwestern Michigan which are from mixed colors and shapes.
The history of this potato: Selected over the course of a decade of growing potatoes from seeds, I found by accident that the heirloom blue potato I was growing had set seeds. From there I did a grow out of this seedling line which was planted outdoors unattended to for 5 years or so. This live and let die philosophy was against what I normally do however I had to take a break from my farm at the time to help a family member from out of town so I did not have the time to harvest them during this time. From there I began another grow out patch from those seedlings to produce fruits and seeds only. I had tried other types available on the market as well but they were too disease prone here. Over time blights wiped out many plants quickly and winnowed out the best plants. For that reason I released 'Purple Ease' last year after 4 consecutive years of grow outs. It has been with me for 5 years and has been a good yielder as well as a constant fruiter. It always sets solid crops of berries in my short season. This year I grew the plants starting in mid June yet they still fruited very nicely with the berries ripening fully.
The true seed philosophy of the potato can allow you to skip the 'viral overload' and start afresh with a new populations. From here you can find your own population adapted to your location as well. That is the purpose of the Perennial Perpetual Diversity potato. You can create a wild self replicating plant if it remains healthy over time as well as setting fertile fruits and seeds. Since the potato has historically been male infertile now comes a time to change that by having wild potatoes free of the plant breeders who created them in the first place. Welcome Perennial Perpetual Diversity! This of course allow you to develop your own varieties that can be clonally produced too. That is the nature of the potato and the humans that carry them across several continents over the last few thousand years.
To germinate: Lightly sprinkle seeds on top of the soil or media mix and lightly spray the surface of the soil. Seeds will sprout within one week and continue up to three weeks. If possible for maximum yield start plants one month prior to frost before transplanting outside. Can be direct seeded but needs a fine sandy soil for best results. Treat the seeds like tomato seeds and plant out after frost. Once established try leaving out a portion of the crop to test its winter hardiness. Winter hardy potatoes for us are ones that tend to dry down a little and can freeze without turning to mush. You can also test this by putting them in the freezer but it is not as reliable as the outside. Keep your eyes open on fruitful potatoes and keep the seeds of those as well as the potatoes themselves to continue.
Package comes with 10 tubers of 'Purple Ease' plus 2000 seeds. 2 packets of 1000 seeds. One from 'Purple Ease' as well as one from the original Perennial Diversity Potato which is a multicolored mix of all outdoor potatoes over the course of a decade at my farm. 'Purple Ease' is the highest yielding variety at my farm as well as good for true seed production. Or order just mixed seeds of these potatoes with no tubers.
10 Tubers plus 2000 seeds total. OR 5000 seeds with no tubers. Limited supply of Purple Ease tubers this year but it should you can easily split these tubers into quarters or more to maximize the number of plants for grow out.
|Genus & Species||Solanum tuberosus|
|Hardiness||Tubers can withstand overwintering in the soil even if the soil freezes.|
|Pollination Requirements||Produces berries which seeds can be extracted to produce new plants. Purple Ease always produces a solid crop of berries and is the most self fertile plant on the farm.|
|Ease of Cultivation||Easy to establish and is a step towards a feral self breeding population as well.|