From Tatiana's TOMATOBase
- Late season. Indet., and this is definitely not a potato leaf as Bill Malin claimed it to be. All the seedlings and plants I grew from the seed I received directly from Bill Malin are regular leaf. It may mean that the seeds that Bill sent were not entirely stable. Fruits are orange, and some resemble very blunt hearts, but most are irregularly shaped round. 8-14 oz.
- NM MA W 10 (Bill Malin, New Mexico) / Tomato Growers Supply
Year grown: 2012
- Discovered in 2006 by Bill Malin of Hillsboro, New Mexico (NM MA W) (a.k.a. 'Spudleaf Willie' at tomato forums), who suggested that it was an accidental cross of German Red Strawberry and an unknown potato leaf variety. Bill said:
- "I was growing regular leaf German Red Strawberry for a cross with a black variety and this huge golden yellow potato leaf variety appeared. The leaves are definitely potato leaf and have a long, narrow shape with 3 smooth serrations on each side and not the typical smooth edged leaves of many potato leaf [varieties]. The leaves are almost identical to those on Genuine Italian Potato Leaf which I also grew out this year."
- Tatiana's note: I disagree that this variety should be described as potato leaf. I grew it from the seeds that I received from Bill Malin in 2008 (not too far removed from the original discovery in 2006), and all my 4 seedlings that I managed to germinate were typical regular leaf. I know that Bill Malin uses a different [unconventional] definition of potato leaf, which is based on the arrangements of leaflets rather than on the leaves having smooth edges vs. serrations. My plants certainly had serrated leaves, and even the leaflet arrangement looked like many other regular leaf tomato varieties. I am also not sure if this variety was a cross, as there were no segregations reported - perhaps it was originally a stray seed.
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Spudayellow Strawberry - plant. 2012-05-25.
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Spudayellow Strawberry - flower. 2012-06-27.
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