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Lump_DoroA variety selected by Wendy Montanez from Tom Wagner’s TPS, a cross of NORDIC LUMPER x OP.  Wendy tells me: All my TPS are Open pollinated! I can only say that this offspring is from Lumper Nordic. I suspect the male donor to be Skagit Valley Gold. After consulting with Tom he told me that Lumper Nordic, he though that had Lumper and Nordic October as parents, and since I was reporting yellow flesh I concluded that my assumption had some validity. The tuber features are flattened round with smooth pink skin and yellow flesh, as shown in that picture it has a depressed area on the eyes, it’s susceptible to scab, flowers pink/mauve, tall plant, sends lots of secondary stems, potatoes does not mature all at once, fast cook times.

The tubers store very well.


Yellow_DogThis is a Doug Strong TPS selection from POOR DOG, a variety created by Tom Wagner as a cross of PIRAMPO (phureja) and KHUCHI AKITA (stenotomum).  Phureja type potato is selected for flavor – but unfortunately has very poor storage, as it tends to re sprout even before harvesting.  Stenotomum type potato has excellent storage.  This cross is an attempt to obtain great flavor with better storage.

Both types are Diploid (24 chromosomes) – we grow Yellow Dog in the EXOTIC batch to promote open pollinated crossings.  This variety produces seed berries profusely, but diploid flowers need diploid pollen, but is unlikely to self pollinate.  It helps to have several diploid varieties grown close by.  Bumble bees will do the job.






The eluding look of Papas Nativas is achieved only at very high altitudes in the Andes above 13000 feet (4000 meter above sea level).  In the Peruvian Altiplano language a group of potato cultivars are called LLUMCHUY WAQACHI, which roughly translates to  “Makes your Daughter-in-Law Cry” – which hints on how difficult peeling would be!

It is extremely difficult to get the traditional high altitude varieties to adapt to the long days summers of North America and Europe.  This botanical seed variety, a seedling of Tom Wagner’s RED OX develops the same NATIVA look at low altitude and North American latitudes.




A heritage variety, submitted by George Brinson, Carmanville, NL. This variety has been grown in the area, by members of the Brinson family, since 1870. Seems to be the same as Cups – we grow this variety as the Canadian strain to compare with the Brittish strain – in 2010 they will be planted at the same time next to each other to compare (Cup is not growing Tall Vines).

When I first ate a Cup tuber it seemed starchy and falls apart easily, but Black Mignion hold the shape well – still the variety is starchy and dry, with a light earthy flavor, a light hint of chestnut. The skin is thin and keeps a nice color hue after cooking.

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Caribe_SportCaribe Sport – believed to be a sport of CARIBE (a variety developed by AgriCanada) this plant grows tall vines and features oblong tubers with a flat shape. The skin is medium thick and the flesh cooks dry and flaky with a mild taste, nutty edge. The skin colors are white with a purple striking circle, while the flesh is cream.

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Aggie_GoldAggie Gold  Medium-large oval to oblong tubers with yellow skin and flesh. Bred by Tom Wagner who named it probably as a sibling of Aggie Red. The vines produce seed berries.  Very impressive first year production. 4 starting tubers produced 159 oz (one ounce short of 10 pounds0 which is exceptional for one bag production, 87 tubers, mostly mini and above 2 oz, just 2 micro.

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PI 473276


PI 473276

Small round tubers with dark burgundy blue skin and yellow flesh. The vine growth is consistent with South American landraces, probably a diploid, S. andigenum or S. tuberosum ssp andigenum. Tom Wagner posted on Kenosha Potato Project Facebook page: ‘I was playing around with seedlings, including PI 473276 in 2011  and other Facebook group members recognized the picture posted’. This vine may need an extra long growing season to tuberize larger spuds. The vine develops long stolons and sets tubers high and serial.