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This plant is one of the S. American species of potatoes. It is not frost hardy but can probably be grown in much the same way as potatoes are grown by planting out the tubers in spring and harvesting in the autumn[K]. It is cultivated for its tubers in the Andes, there are many named varieties. Plants might have strict daylength requirements and may yield poorly in temperate zones because they need short-days in order to induce tuber-formation. Tubers can be harvested in 3 - 4 months from planting out. Tubers from this species lack a period of dormancy, a useful trait in warmer climates than Britain where 2 - 3 crops can be grown but it makes the plant very problematic for temperate areas. This potato has become popular in the Netherlands because of its resistance to disease. (The report does not say if it is grown there or imported[K].)A diploid species, it probably arose from S. stenotomum through selection for short dormancy. It has been hybridized with the common potato to impart greater heat tolerance to that species.
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