Hello! This is my first year growing Andean and diploid potatoes, and the different colors of the flowers are so pretty! First to flower so far are Gunter Red and Bloody Banana, and I think the blue one is Jancko Ajawiri.
I’m curious about pollination - I know diploids don’t self-pollinate, but I am wondering if I need to hand pollinate in order to get berries and seeds or if insects usually take care of it? I haven’t seen bees visiting the potato flowers yet, but I’ve got lots of bees in the flowering cover crops in neighboring beds.
I’m also wondering - what does potato pollen look like? I’ve never grown male fertile potatoes before, and my experience with hand pollinating vegetables mostly involves squash, which have very visible yellow dust on the anthers. I don’t see anything that looks like pollen on the anthers of the potato flowers. I’m in zone 8a North Carolina, and we’ve had several days with high temperatures in the high 70s/low 80s, so maybe it’s just too hot? Or is potato pollen just really hard to see?