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Number of potato tubers from one seed.

Posted Jan 31 2010 6:27am

It is useful to know how many potato tubers will be produced by one seed potato when calculating how many seed potatoes to plant in the vegetable garden.

plant-potato-in-hole

plant-potato-in-hole

The number of potatoes produced by each seed potato varies according to:

  • variety
  • number of chits
  • apical dominance
  • planting distance
  • early or maincrop
  • growing conditions etc…
new-potatoes-lifted

new-potatoes-lifted

The new potatoes, in the photo above, all came from one root.

Any number of new potatoes, from 2 – 10, can be produced from one seed potato. But most vegetable gardeners would expect at least 6 and preferably 8 -10 new potatoes from each seed tuber planted in the vegetable garden!

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