The potato tuber consists mainly of a mass of cells filled with starch and encircled by a thin corky rind.
The plants generally have a rhizome bearing radical leaves, as in asphodel, rarely a stem with a tuft of leaves as in Aloe, very rarely a tuber (Eriospermum) or bulb (Bowiea).
Various experimenters, especially Fenn, have asserted that by engrafting an eye of one variety into the tuber of another, not only will adhesion take place but the new tubers will present great variety of character; this seems to be the case, but it can hardly be considered as established that the variations in question were the result of any commingling of the essences of the two varieties.
tuber crops which are easier to cultivate or store.
In extreme cases every tuber is lost, as the produce will not even pay the cost of lifting.