HOW WE PROPAGATE OUR RARE POTATO VARIETIES ON WOOD PRAIRIE FAMILY FARM. We are now patiently waiting out the rain, looking for dry weather in order to plant our Potato Minituber seed plots inside our portable 600-foot Long ‘Screenhouse’ Tunnel (covered with aphid-excluding netting).
Yesterday we finished planting inside 3000 tiny tissue-cultured potato plantlets (each the size of an Alfalfa sprout) from their Petri dishes into home-made Soil Blocks. In a week or so, once the roots grow out strong, we’ll transplant these Soil-Block-Plantlets into grow-tubs of organic compost located inside our second ‘Short Screenhouse Tunnel.’
Our harvest from the Plantlets this Fall will be the disease-free Minitubers we’ll plant next year out into the Long Tunnel. Then we’ll multiply up for one or two more years before we sell the Certified Seed Tubers to customers like you in our mail order seed business. https://www.woodprairie.com/category/the-organic-garden/certified-organic-maine-certified-seed-potatoes/
In this photo, Amy is bent over with clipboard, recording final count of trays of Soil-Block-planted Plantlets laid out on the five pallets. Seated and finishing up planting Potato Plantlets into Soil Blocks are (L>R) Kenyon, Megan and Cassidy. Caleb, Megan & Jim