How many seeds does a potato have

Pulling potatoes from seeds - what's the point?

Growing potatoes from seeds yourself is a very interesting topic because it used to be a way of growing your own seed tubers. This often happened out of necessity, because it is well known that the seed potatoes, when reused from the harvest, bring poorer yields from year to year.

According to Anderegg, these "degenerate potatoes" are not only of inferior quality, they also hardly develop any seeds. However, good seed potatoes must be constantly bred using maintenance breeding. However, maintenance breeding is done generatively using seeds and not vegetatively using tubers. Obviously, many of the offspring are relatively "true to the variety" through sowing, or one must presumably have to multiply a variety again and again through sowing and then select and propagate the best potatoes accordingly. That way, you could grow your own variety of potatoes. The potatoes, which are very similar to the tomato plants, such as tomatoes, are multiplied. It is described below in the text.

A tip for those who want to grow their own potatoes is that you first buy 4 - 5 different types of potatoes and after harvesting, try which one is the tastiest. But it is just as important to observe which variety grows in the garden without any problems. You then only carry out further breeding experiments with a single variety so that there are no undesired crosses with other potato varieties. In addition, it is easy to mix up several types of seed potatoes.

New potato 'La Ratte' or 'Wiener Kipfler'.

In addition, it is advisable to use old, free varieties as the starting material for your own potato cultivation (picture: 'Wiener Kipfler') so that no variety rights are violated. This hardly plays a role in home cultivation, but you never know what the politicians will come up with. There are already enough draft laws with which one would also like to control the bourgeois private sector - the NWO sends its regards.

Here is an informative text from the booklet "Der Gemüsebau" by H. Anderegg (Zurich 1880):

The temporary change of seeds is of great importance. Degenerate potatoes always give less and less harvests. Trials in the canton of Graubünden have shown that the cultivation of newly introduced seed potatoes increases the yields by 2 to 3 times that of native seeds. The experiments were made with the 'Redskin Flourball'. This change of seed can be accomplished by importing new tubers (today = buying new ones) from other areas or by temporarily raising them from seeds. The former is easier and quicker to reach your goal. A characteristic of degenerate potatoes is when the flowers fall off and seed pods no longer form. The replenishment of the seeds by means of seed cultivation must therefore be carried out at the right time (one year in advance). The ripe fruit capsules (small "tomatoes") are obtained as soon as they turn whitish, let them ripen a little in the sun, crush them in a container and try to remove the slimy mass from the seeds by washing them with water. The seeds are then dried and kept dry until they are sown. The potato seeds are sown in rows in well (organically) fertilized garden beds in spring (frost-free) and then thinned so that the plants stand individually at a distance of 35 - 45 cm. The tubers harvested in the first year are small, the size of a walnut, and are planted the next spring. These then sprout tubers of normal size again. H. Anderegg: Vegetable growing, Zurich 1880

My theory on this: You can pre-cultivate the potato seeds in plant trays by the window in February / March, similar to tomato cultivation, and then plant the individual seedlings out in mid-May. I could also imagine that in the garden, together with a suitable mixed culture, you could use the propagation bed more effectively.