Russian Banana Fingerling potatoes grow under a relatively small plant, which usually averages under 4 feet. The potatoes are also small - about 4 - 5" and oblong as all fingerlings are, sometimes Crescent shaped.
The skin and flesh are varying shades of light golden yellow. The flesh is fine grained, moist and tender. A favorite of many culinary connoisseurs.
They are fairly easy to grow reaching full maturity at 95-125 days, but can be harvested within 75-80 days.
They originated in the Baltic Region of Russia, although some claim Estonia.
Excellent Storage qualities. Moderate resistance to common scab. Moderate susceptiblity to verticillium wilt. Susceptibile to late blight and leaf roll.
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 rot before they grow. Potatoes are a hardy crop and can tolerate climatic aberrations, light frost etc..,but you should provide some frost-protection for the young plants. A temporary ground cover (ventilated), or mulch.
Full Maturity at 95-125 days. Early [New or Baby] Potatoes at 75-80 days
Color - Skin: Golden Yellow Flesh: Light Yellow Size: Grade C - See Potato Sizes for explanation
Spacing - 10"-12" USDA Hardiness Zones 3 - 9
Full Sun - at least 6 hours of sunlight daily. Height 18-24 Inches Spread 8 - 10 Inches
Soil ph 4.5 - 6.0 Acceptable. 4.8 - 5.5 is optimal. Average Yields.
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