Clancy Potato Seeds

This packet yields approximately 9 plants when started indoors.
4 out of 5 stars
(19 reviews)
Availability: In Stock

We're excited about a potato grown from seed! 'Clancy' grows in a diversity of colors and has great quality; it even won the 2019 All-America Selections award! Small, ¾"-1½" potatoes are both round and fingerling shaped with smooth skin in a mix of shades between rose gold and red. This "creamer" potato has a pale yellow to white interior and creamy texture when cooked. To increase harvest, hill soil around plants a few times as they grow. Potatoes can be harvested any time after they flower and before a hard freeze. Seeds are pelleted with an organic coating for easy handling.

$4.29 12 seeds

Botanical Name: Solanum tuberosum (hybrid)

Days to Maturity: 85 – 110 Days from transplanting

Family: Solanaceae

Native: Unknown; only in cultivation

Hardiness: Annual

Plant Dimensions: Lush, green foliage 24"–40" tall is followed by pinkish lavender flowers

Variety Information: 'Clancy' is an ideal "creamer" potato with fine texture, making it very versatile. Potatoes may be round or elongated (fingerling); the skins can be rose blush to red or creamy yellow, some with red spots or dots. 'Clancy' was bred by Peter van Hest; it is the first potato from seed that is an AAS winner. Seeds are sterile which helps prevent diseases from spreading like they can on a tuber.

When to Sow Outside: Not recommended.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date. In mild climates, start seeds in mid-summer for a fall crop. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 60°–70°F.

Days to Emerge: 7 – 14 Days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: Start indoors

Row Spacing: 3'

Thinning: Start indoors, plant seedlings 12" apart outside

Special Instructions: Potatoes should have soil hilled around them a few times during the growing season to maximize your harvest. When soil is mounded, or hilled, on the plant stems, it encourages new roots to sprout from the buried stem, and more potatoes will develop on those roots. Hilling also preserves the harvest because if/when potato tubers are exposed to light for long periods of time, they produce chlorophyll and other substances that make them bitter. At least one of these substances, solanine, is toxic to humans in large amounts. HILLING PROCESS: As plants grow, mound soil and/or compost around them a few times during the growing season until you have hilled about 12" of soil around plants. It is a good idea to also mulch the hills to reduce weeds, retain moisture, and help prevent pests. Alternatively, some gardeners plant potatoes in a barrel, grow bag, or similar structure, and add soil and/or compost as plants grow. To harvest, the structure can be opened or tipped over, exposing the potatoes.

Harvesting: Use a flat-tine digging fork or shovel, digging widely around the hill to avoid damaging the potatoes. Potatoes may be harvested in stages for a longer harvest period.

FRESH NEW POTATOES: Harvest may begin any time after plants have begun to flower. Potatoes harvested at this stage should be enjoyed as soon as possible, as their soft skins don't allow for long-term storage.

STORAGE POTATOES: Once the foliage has died back or is removed, potato skins toughen which protects them from drying out, extending their storage life. Harvest 2 to 3 weeks after the foliage has died back. If your season is short and foliage has not died back, you can cut the plants down at the soil level three weeks prior to harvesting.

Curing Storage Potatoes: Unwashed potatoes should be cured in a dry, well-ventilated location for 2 to 3 days.

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Clancy Potato Seeds Reviews

19 reviews

Hardly one sprouted and soon after died.

1 out of 5 stars Dec 6, 2020
Had bad experience trying them. One sprouted and died soon after a week.
Shagufta from DE
Owner Response: Hello Shagufta, We are sorry you had difficulty with these seeds. Rest assured, we test our seeds using a third-party laboratory to ensure germination rates exceed federal and our own standards. Once seeds germinate they rely on their environment to succeed. Seedling dying are signs of an environmental issue, like too much water, or fugus like damping off. We are always happy to help troubleshoot growing issues like this. Some important factors for success starting potatoes from seed include starting seeds indoors, in temperatures of 60 to 70, and using a shallow, sterile seed starting mix. Please do not soak the seeds. We hope this helps. A customer service agent will be in contact.

Germinates and then dies

1 out of 5 stars Jan 12, 2021
Tried growing them inside and outside, in the ground and in pots, and all it's done is germinate and then does nothing for months. Disappointed, I was looking forward to growing potatoes!
Alex from CA
Owner Response: Hi Alex, We are always happy to help troubleshoot growing issues. A seed contains the energy to grow to the point where it can use light, nutrients, water, air, and so on from the environment to create new energy through photosynthesis. When we encounter issues after sprouting we look for clues from growing conditions as to what may have gone wrong. Please feel free to contact us for help anytime.

Clancy Potato so far so good

5 out of 5 stars Feb 25, 2021
Indoor sowing started on January 4th 2021. So far so good! I wish I could share a picture of their growth. I was pretty worried about starting clancy potatoes from seed but it was super easy the pelleted seeds really helped. Out of the 12 seeds 11 sprouted. I did start them inside first! I used a perlite, coco coir, and vermiculite blend and some cheap walmart grow lights. It took about 11 days for germination and I fertilized them at the bottom tray with a very dilute fertilizer. As of February 9, 2021 I transplanted them into a bigger pot like a quart pot but I also placed their stems lower into soil like a tomato. I'm planning on transplanting them into a raised bed on February 26, 2021. I'll be hilling them as they stretch. Can't wait to see how it goes.
Diego from TX

Lookin' good!

5 out of 5 stars Mar 7, 2021
Indoor sowed around Jan 20th in a mix of peat and seed starting soil. Kept them under full spectrum lights in a seed starting enclosure, and then moved them to red/blue lights once sprouted. Packet must have had more than 12 seeds because I got at least 14 sprouts haha. Anyway, Zone 7a, so it's taking a little time to warm up, but I'll start transplanting them very soon. So far, so good! Bought another packet of seeds today from a local shop.
Sam from VA

Took alittle more time to start then package said, but all good now!

4 out of 5 stars Mar 17, 2021
Think package said 7-14 days to sprout, but mine ended up taking 25 to 30 days. Once sprouted, their looking great so far!!
Stephanie from SC

Clancy is great!!

5 out of 5 stars May 7, 2021
So far, I started 12 seeds under lights with bottom heat, and I now have 12 beautiful plants to go into grow bags. They've been outside in a cold frame (open during the day) for weeks in cow pots. These are really doing well.
Elaine from CT

Love these Potatoes!

5 out of 5 stars Jun 12, 2021
I started these indoors and when I transplanted them to barrels outside, I could already see the little potatoes forming. They are thriving in the barrels and I can't wait to see how they turn out!
Mary from CO

Mine germinated!

4 out of 5 stars Sep 6, 2021
I was delighted that I could get actual potato plants to germinate from a seed - of course, I attempted this in May in Roast Angeles, and so everything died by July, but *in theory* they may survive in our winter season. If we have one this year.
Ariel from CA

Grew Great

5 out of 5 stars Sep 7, 2021
I started the seeds in cups, outside. Every seed germinated and grew. Once established I moved them into the gardens. All plants grew fine, flowered well and produced potatoes. They were smaller plants however. I am saving some of the potatoes to replant to see if the plants grow bigger the second time around. We are in zone 8b, on an island near the Salish Sea - we have dry summers, the plants were watered with irrigation.

Clancy Potatoes Seeds - A good safe Bet!

5 out of 5 stars Sep 27, 2021
A very nice alternative to using whole potatoes or pieces. I pre-started coated seeds in small jiffy pots and transplanted seedlings into large containers with a mix of regular garden soil and generous portions of homemade compost, and some vermiculate and perlite. I planted three seedlings in each half-filled pot in late winter and early spring. As the plants grew I continued adding soil. Harvest was good with some fairly large spuds in the mix of smaller potatoes ranging from penny to half-dollar size. We used all in either stews or a pan-roasted medley of other garden vegetables. Delicious. An added bonus is disease-free plants and potatoes.
Tom from CA

Quite a Surprise

5 out of 5 stars Nov 2, 2021
I started these potatoes inside in the spring as an experiment. I'd never grown them from seed and really didn't expect to be successful, but they sprouted and when the weather was right, planted outside. They flourished flowering nearly all summer and producing fruits which I'd never seen on other potatoes I'd grown. I dug up a bountiful crop that are aging as I write in the garage. Hope they taste as good as they look.
Judy from CO

Prefer these to seed potatoes!

5 out of 5 stars Feb 4, 2022
I found these more fun to plant than seed potatoes, and easier to store! Potatoes are a pretty pink color with a nice, creamy texture. Highly recommend!
Julie from CA

Clancy potatoes

2 out of 5 stars Feb 10, 2022
They grew from seeds provided and were transplanted accordingly, however they never produced anything. I had bought 2 packets of this seed last year. Don't plan on doing that again. Came up and planted out but no produce.
Kim from NE
Owner Response: Hi Kim, We are glad you had a good experience with the seed and it germinated as expected. Yield with this and other vegetable products will require enough time to mature and good environmental condition (soil, nutrients, water, sunshine, etc...). A soil test is an inexpensive and illuminating place to begin digging into soil health provided seedlings were given full sun (over 6 hours), the proper time to mature (85 - 110 Days from transplanting), consistent moisture, and so on. Potatoes do need rich conditions to produce a good crop. Happy gardening!

Difficult to germinate

3 out of 5 stars May 11, 2022
These take a very long time to germinate 7-15 days or more. some of mine took almost a month. Would not buy again just use a potato
Renee from OK
Owner Response: Hi Renee, We are always happy to provide tips to promote seed germination. Potato seedlings typically emerge within 7-14 days in optimal growing conditions. We recommend starting Clancy potato seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last average frost date to ensure an optimal soil temperature of 60-70 degrees F. We must also make sure that our seeds have an even distribution of water to ensure uniform germination rates. We hope this helps if you decide to try again! Growing potatoes from seed adds diversity in your garden and ensures high crop yield. Happy gardening!

My Clancy's Finally Sprouted!

5 out of 5 stars Jun 8, 2022
I started the seeds in peat pellets. 6 of them. Watered them and put them in a starting box on the seedling mat. 14 days passed and nothing and so I thought they were duds. I put the pellets aside on an empty tray and figured I would try again next year. Well, those little suckers sprouted. I didn't think they were going to make it cuz they looked kinda weak. So I put them in a flower pot on the back porch and they took hold. They got so big I moved them into the sun and now the plants are huge. I can't wait to see what little spuds I get from these.
Sandra from NY

Clancy has been promising so far

4 out of 5 stars Jul 18, 2022
6 of the seeds germinated and I planted them outside. 4 of them were set back due to insect damage but they are growing again. Two managed to survive the insect attack and are on the verge of flowering. I'm excited to harvest in a few weeks and I may peek before then to see the tubers. The only reason I'm rating them a 4 star is because I don't know how productive or tasty they are yet.
Dorinda from MN

So far I am fairly impressed..

4 out of 5 stars Jul 19, 2022
So, I really didn't know what to expect with these, and I am still keeping my expectations fairly low as I haven't harvested yet. This is my first time growing potatoes of any kind. I sort of checked today to see what was happening under ground. We planted the initial plant pretty deep into a trench, and continued mounding until it was fair tall. The first potato I found was fairly near the surface and seemed a decent size (Smaller than a russet, maybe the size of a large red potato). I didn't initially see any more, but was afraid to dig too deep and upset the plant's roots. I did find a 2nd one, and it was quite a bit deeper than I expected. It also seemed like it was a good size. I really don't know what all is under the surface, but I really hope this is a good sign. We have another 7-9 weeks of grow season left, so here is hoping.
Len from CO


3 out of 5 stars Oct 8, 2022
Started 6 seeds in late January, then 6 more in February 50% germination rate and slow (14-21 days) under lights with heat mat. Sturdy but slow. Set out in late April - still small. Container on deck - checked daily, watered and supplemental fertilizer -.SLOW!! it is now October. These were started in JANUARY. Plants are fine, nice and green and leafy. Tiny spuds began to show at soil level last week (OCTOBER). I covered them, but finally uprooted ONE to see progress. Seven TINY tubers- the largest under 2 inches. Rosy pink/red. But seriously, it has been TEN MONTHS (and 6 since transplanting). Not just slow. GLACIAL. And small.
Pamela from GA
Owner Response: Hi Pamela, Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. These are small potatoes that are 3/4"- 1 1/2". Some important factors for success starting potatoes from seed include ensuring a temperatures of 60 to 70 degrees F for optimal germination rates, and using a shallow, sterile seed starting mix. When we encounter issues after sprouting we look for clues from growing conditions to understand what we can do different next time to maximize yields. Potatoes really appreciate nutrient rich soil, or hilling plants with compost. Feel free to reach out to us to help kickstart production, we also have resources like our "Potato: Sow and Grow Guide" for tips and tricks!

Ok. I love these.

5 out of 5 stars Oct 22, 2022
So, I honestly did not have high expectations. Never tried to grow potatoes before, know nothing about it, and had never even heard of doing it from seeds, but something about it, I just couldn't resist trying. Planted 9 seeds. In late March / early April. Had 100% germination using soil warming mats and grow lights. I fertilize my seedlings with a tea (not fermented) from boiling water and steeping Alfalfa for 12-24 hours once they start growing true leaves. Did the same here. Once they went to the garden they got an all purpose fertilizer with fungal inoculant, then once they started to form flower buds I did a bloom boosting fertilizer (This also encourages tuber growth). We also added more soil 2-3x then a large covering of soil and mulch throughout the season. Now, I don't know if the yeild we got is good or not but we averaged over 2lbs potatoes per plant, and all 9 were crammed into a 4x4 bed. We are pretty pleased. We will definitely go a larger plot of these next year and see what we can do to increase our yeild further. Can't wait to taste them!!
L from CO
Owner Response: We're so glad you are enjoying these seeds! Thanks so much for sharing your experience.

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