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ontariogirl
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Lisa
Dutton Ontario
Canada
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Posted - Jul 22 2009 :  09:17:13 AM  Show Profile  Click to see ontariogirl's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Hello everyone
My garden is doing great this years so far but....there is always a but . My potato plants have little green balls on them any ideas what they are ????

gramadinah
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Diana
Orofino ID
USA
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Posted - Jul 22 2009 :  09:48:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
On the leaves? If itis a leaf all balled up you have a bug. they destroy the leaf to make a home. I have seen it never had to treat it.

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chaddsgirl
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Sarah
Farmgirl Sisterhood #639 MO
USA
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Posted - Jul 22 2009 :  11:19:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Do you have tomatoe plants close to your potatoes? Since both are nightshades they will cross pollinate and your potatoe plants will try to grow tomatoes.

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FebruaryViolet
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Jonni
Elsmere Kentucky
USA
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Posted - Jul 22 2009 :  12:50:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think it's what Sarah says...this post jarred my memory of finding something VERY similar last weekend. I thought it was a tomato...and this makes perfect sense based on Sarah's description.



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chaddsgirl
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Sarah
Farmgirl Sisterhood #639 MO
USA
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Posted - Jul 22 2009 :  1:01:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jonni, did you know that if you plant your potatoe eyes in the dirt under your tomatoe plants you can grow potatoes in the roots and tomatoes on the plant? My dad taught me this. Huge space saver for small garden areas. :)

And Lisa, these "tomatoes" will not hurt your potatoe plants or crop. It's just one of those interesting things that happens.


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ontariogirl
Farmgirl in Training

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Lisa
Dutton Ontario
Canada
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Posted - Jul 22 2009 :  2:50:53 PM  Show Profile  Click to see ontariogirl's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Thank you all for the info. It must be because I did plant tomatoes close this year..phewwwwwww was a little confused as never have seen them before. Thank you all !
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Marybeth
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Mary Beth
Stanwood Wa 98292
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Posted - Jul 22 2009 :  6:37:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was just going to say what Sarah said. All the same family. I had never seen it before until this year.. MB

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quiltin mama
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Heather
Crescent City CA
USA
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Posted - Jul 22 2009 :  8:35:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yep, I have them too. 3 to be exact but only on one plant. It started as a pretty purple flower and turned into green balls!

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4HMom
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Kelly
Montana
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Posted - Jul 22 2009 :  10:15:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Even if you don't have tomatoes close to your potatoes, it's not unusual to get the potato "fruits". The tubers below ground are actually modified stems and not "fruits". They don't have anything to do with the flowers, who's ultimate goal is to produce seeds for the next generation (which are in the "fruits")

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FebruaryViolet
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Jonni
Elsmere Kentucky
USA
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Posted - Jul 23 2009 :  07:18:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sarah! What a great idea! Especially because with all the rain we had this year, my potatoes are CRAZY big. I mean the actual plant itself. They've taken over everything!!!




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Bellepepper
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Belle
Coffeyville KS
USA
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Posted - Jul 24 2009 :  08:57:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sarah, how do you do that? Plant the potatoes under the tomatoes? When do you harvest the potatoes? We harvested out potatoes weeks ago and the tomatoes are just now comming on. In fact I just planted my fall crop of potatoes.

Belle
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