This year we planted several types of potatoes purchased at several different places. We had potatoes that were saved from last year’s crop, potatoes bought on the cheap ($0.99/lb) from two different farm stores, and potatoes that were certified disease-free from Territorial Seed Company. The latter cost the most. We knew that we were running a risk planting the saved potatoes and the cheap farm store potatoes as there was no guaranty they would be viral free, but we wanted to experiment and see if there was a difference that justified the cost of the disease-free seed potatoes… Well, here is a picture of our three potatoes rows.
The row in the front is entirely certified potatoes and still looks very healthy. The next row, where part of it is missing, isn’t doing well. The Red Norland (farm store seed) is completely toast (as in, no longer exists) while the very end of the row is a white variety and is hanging on barely. The last row looks really rough and is also trying to hang on. So the moral of the story for us is: next year pay the price for certified seed and don’t save potatoes and replant them the year after (even though some people swear by it). You live and learn and experiment and try not to cry when your crop goes completely bust.