Indian Stripe (Potato Leaf)
- Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
- Plant growth: indeterminate
- Leaf type: potato leaf
- Time to maturity: midseason
- Germination tested after Hot Water Seed Treatment
- Approx. number of seeds per pack: 15+
“Indian Stripe PL” is a potato leaf version of Indian Stripe. In the past there has been a little confusion about Indian Stripe versus Indian Zebra. From the explanations I have read, these are two different varieties at this time, although they may have originated from the same stock that Clyde Burson, Sr. grew. Essentially, the story goes that Clyde Burson, Jr. stated that his father called this original line “Indian Zebra,” which conflicts a little with the report describing that the late (and missed) Dr. Carolyn Male received seeds from a lady who also got them from Clyde, Sr., and at that time the variety was alternately called both Indian Stripe and Indian Zebra. Grow outs ensued, selecting for specific characteristics, and at this time the report is that Indian Stripe and Indian Zebra give the same color fruit; however, there are differences in the fruit size and darkness.
So, with that convoluted history related, I can say that I heard a rumor of a potato leaf version of Indian Stripe. The very earliest information I have found on this is a post in a popular tomato online forum in 2010, which read, “I got some Indian Stripe seed in trade this year and they are doing very good but I had one seed that made a potato leaf plant. I decided to go ahead and plant it and it appears to be just like the regular Indian Stripes except the leaves are PL. The fruits and plants look just the same in color and size but I have not had any of either ripen yet.” So far as I can see, seeds of this potato leaf version were shared with varying reports of productivity. Some said it was less productive than the regular leaf version, while others said it was more productive. Most growers stated that the fruit flavor was the same.
I obtained seeds in 2016 and grew Indian Stripe PL three times. Each time the seedling grew vigorously, dwarfing seedlings of other indeterminate beefsteak varieties. However, as soon as my early summer heat and humidity set in, the plant declined and I got very little fruit. I think over the three seasons I grew Indian Stripe PL, I have harvested four fruits total. From the reports of others growing IS PL in more temperate climates, I have concluded that this is a vigorous and productive variety that does not like excessive humidity and heat. I cannot compare the fruit flavor with the regular leaf version, since I have not grown that one myself. The fruits of Indian Stripe PL, though scarce, were delicious. To me, the flavor was similar to Cherokee Purple and Faelan’s First Snow.
The photo I have here of the fruit is one taken by Steve (Heritage Tomato Seeds) of Indian Stripe (RL), as my fruits were not pretty by the time they ripened on the struggling plants, and the appearance was the same in comparison to my PL version.
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