- Can I come and visit your farm?
A, Sorry no, I have strict quarantine procedures in place and can’t risk having any diseases brought in from other peoples gardens.
- How can I purchase your potatoes?
A, During winter (August) through to Christmas my online store will be open for purchases. Please note that My potatoes are bred myself and limited in numbers, you won’t be able to find them anywhere else so they will be expensive. On the up side, once you have some tubers you will always be able to grow them, and even sell/give them to your friends as they have no variety protection on them.
- I don’t live in Victoria, can I still buy them?
A, If you live in another state, I cannot sell you seed potatoes, I am only allowed to sell potatoes for eating over the borders. I also cannot sell potatoes to you if you live in any potato restricted area in any state including Victoria.
- What is the difference between a diploid and a tetraploid?
The potatoes that you buy in the supermarket are Tetraploids, they have 4 sets of chromosomes. They are usually bigger and better producers than diploids. Diploids have 2 sets of chromosomes and tend to produce smaller tubers but many more colours and shapes than the tetras. Diploids tend to be better flavoured also and also do not store as well. I produce both diploids and tetras.
- Can I breed with your potatoes and make my own varieties
Unlike most modern potatoes, mine are all fertile and produce viable seed. Yes you can breed your own varieties, but be aware that it is a hobby that can become addictive.
- Can I buy pollen or TPS of you?
I sometimes have pollen and true seeds for sale, please ask.
- Should I grow from tubers or TPS?
Most people would be more comfortable growing tubers because they are easier to grow, but also because you know what you are getting. Growing from seed is for the adventurous who have enough space that it doesn’t matter if many of the resulting plants don’t produce. Potato seedlings are also a bit fragile.
- What does ‘short day’ and ‘day neutral’ mean?
In their native areas nearly all potatoes are ‘short day’ which means they don’t start producing tubers until autumn, when the daylight length is under 12 hours. In our long season in Australia when you plant in spring the maturing of the plants will force them to tuberise but the tubers will be smaller and less in number than in the next crop that is more suited. A day neutral’ suggests, these plants don’t care about daylight length and will tuberise under any conditions.