Introduced in the 1980s by N Dakota State University. Russet Norkotah has its pedigree in several cultivars including Russet Burbank, to which it is similar.
It is a early-maturing potato with frying, boiling and baking qualities. It is adapted well to the western U.S. prairie regions, but will perform well in other areas with similar temperature ranges as well.
Russet Norkotah emerges rapidly with a slightly upright vine and scant white flowers. It is a determinate that is highy susceptible to damage from inclement weather such as hail and severe winds. It does not recover well once damaged.
The potato tuber is reddish brown and fairly smooth skinned. It has white flesh and is prized commercially for its ability to consistently produce a higher percentage of top grade uniform potatoes. It is prized by many home gardeners as it takes less space than other varieties producing similar size potatoes and yields.
Potatoes aren't started by seed, they're started from Seed potatoes or "slips". Slips are shoots that are grown from a mature tuber. Seed potatoes from a catalog either online or print are generally the best way to go, as supermarket potatoes are treated with a chemical growth inhibitor to prevent sprouting.
The soil should be evenly moist, but not wet or soggy. If the soil is waterlogged when you dig, your seed potatoes will probably rotbefore they grow. Potatoes are a hardy crop and can tolerate climatic aberrations, light frost etc..,but you should provide some frost-protectionfor the young plants. A temporary ground cover (ventilated), or mulch.
Maturity at 90-95 days.
Color - Skin: RedBrown Flesh: White
Size: Grade B - See Potato Sizes for explanation
Spacing - 12"-14"
USDA Hardiness Zones 3 - 9
Full Sun - at least 6 hours of sunlight daily.
Height 2 to 3 feet
Spread 1.5 to 2 feet
Soil ph 4.5 - 6.0 Acceptable. 4.8 - 5.5 is optimal.
Above Average Yields. - Early Season
Potatoes do well in proximity of Beans, Cucumber, Corn, Kohlrabi, Parsnip, Pumpkin, Rutabaga, Squash family, Sunflower, Turnip, Fennel. Horseradish, planted at the edges of the potato patch will provide protection against some insect scourges, as will Marigolds