This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
H. says: " I send you a potato of a pink tint, which I am positive grew on a plant of the Peach Blow variety. Not far from where these grew were some Early Rose. Does not this prove that the pollen of the Early Rose reached the flowers of the Peach Blow, and that this cross fertilization influenced the sap, and in this way had an immediate effect on the tuber?
[Not that we see. The editors of the Prairie Farmer sent us some years ago some red sweet potatoes on the same root with white ones. As the sweet potatoes never flower, how did the "pollen" act in that instance? All of this discussion originates with people who have not kept up with the progress of the times, and have no idea of the plants' innate powers of change, quite independent of any external influences. - Ed. G. M.]