The Cutting and Treatment of Seed Potatoes

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1948/1949
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Nattrass,R. M.
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That the potato can readily be propagated from various parts of the plant has long been known. The raising of potatoes from rose ends, sprouts, single eyes and cuttings has probably been practiced since the early days of potato cultivation. Trials with potato peelings as seed were reported in the Transactions of 'the Horticultural Society as early as 1834(Salaman, 1926). During the war years much publicity in the farming and gardening Press Was given to this method of propagation pursued in Russia. Evans (1943) described a method of preparing potato "chips" for transport by air. The sending of potato eyes by post is an established method of distributing certified seed in the United States and Canada. In the United States cutting is a general practice. Large-sized tubers as much as eight ounces in weight may be cut into as many a sten pieces (Stuart, 1928).
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 14, p. 219-222
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