Russian Banana Seed Potatoes

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Russian Banana seed potatoes produce early maturing 2–3" fingerling potatoes. These oblong tan-skinned fingerlings with yellow flesh are a tasty garden treat in late summer and early fall. Grow your own healthy and nutritious crop of potatoes with high-quality, disease-free, certified seed potatoes!


Product Details

Weight 1.5 lbs
Weight

about 16 ounces (1 LB) per unit

Planting Season

Cool

Soil Temp

50° F+

Planting Depth

3–5"

Days to Germ.

10-20+

Days to Maturity

75+

Best Planting Method

Direct

Thin to

Final spacing

Final Spacing

≥12" apart

Succession

NA

Approx. Seed Count

one unit

Botanical Name

Solanum tuberosum

Plant Spread

30–36"

Plant Height

36"

Product Information

Russian Banana seed potatoes produce early maturing 2–3″ fingerling potatoes at around 75 days. Best enjoyed grilled, steamed, baked, or boiled. These oblong tan-skinned fingerlings with yellow flesh are a tasty garden treat in late summer and early fall. Makes a scrumptious side dish!

Note: Seed potatoes are packaged by weight. Each order is one unit weighing about 16 ounces (1 Lb). Sizes vary for individual potatoes.

Planting by Zones 

Zones 9–10 

  • Plant potatoes during the cooler times of the year, starting in the fall and planting well into summer.  

Zones 2–8 

  • Plant in spring 2–3 weeks after your last frost. 

Chitting Seed Potatoes

  • Chitting is the process of sprouting your potatoes before planting. This step encourages potatoes to grow a little quicker. In other words, chitting gives your potatoes a headstart!
  • Place your uncut seed potatoes whole in an egg carton or seed tray with their eyes facing upward. Place your container in a light-filled, cool location out of direct sunlight.
  • Watch for sprouts to form out of the eyes of the potato. Potatoes will be ready for cutting and planting in 4–6 weeks once sprouts are about an inch long.

Cutting Seed Potatoes 

  • Cut smaller tubers into quarters and larger tubers into 1.5–2-ounce pieces. Each piece should contain an “eye.” Store the freshly cut seed pieces at room temperature for 1–3 days to form a callus. 

Planting Russian Banana Seed Potatoes 

  • The best practice is to let the cut potatoes “cure” or create a scab over the cut area. This will protect the plant from diseases.
  • Potatoes should be planted in loose, fertile, and well-drained soil in full sun. Adding compost will ensure your potatoes thrive!
  • Plant in raised mounds with a 3–4″ deep furrow in the center. Space seed pieces 6–12″ apart with their “eyes” facing up. Cover seed pieces with soil. 

Growing Potatoes 

  • As plants grow, continue to pull up enough soil around the stems to keep them covered with at least 6″ of soil. Do not allow tubers to become exposed to sunlight. Potatoes that are exposed to sunlight will have poor flavor. For this reason, continue adding soil on top of the potatoes (mounting them) as best as you can.
  • Potatoes need nitrogen for the best production. Mix organic fertilizer like Darn Good Fertilizer into the soil before planting. It is normal for potato plants to yellow as they reach maturity; do not give fertilizer at this stage.
  • Water regularly until seasonal rains or during dry periods.
  • Potatoes grow well in raised beds and containers. Good drainage is necessary to avoid rotting or disease. 

Harvesting Potatoes

  • Check for potatoes 2–3 weeks after your plants have finished flowering. Gently dig around and remove the potatoes you wish to eat fresh. If your soil is too compacted to dig out potatoes easily, you can easily “crack open” the soil with a pitchfork. Potatoes store well right in the ground! If you turn off the irrigation, you can leave unharvested potatoes in the ground for several weeks until you are ready to harvest them all. They will be more likely to get lost in the soil, though! We like to harvest all our potatoes at once and enjoy them in various dishes.  

Storing Potatoes 

  • Potatoes keep best in temperatures between 35 and 40° F for long-term storage. Store dry potatoes in a dark, cool area with good ventilation. 
  • Russian Banana potatoes keep well for 3–5 weeks when properly stored.

Growing Potatoes in Containers 

  • Make sure your container is at least 20″ deep for growing in a container. Keep in mind containers will dry out faster because they have more surface area and less soil to hold onto moisture. Mulch heavily on the top layer of soil in the pot to keep the soil from drying out or heating up too much. 

Southern California Pro-tips 

  • Mulch heavily around your potato plants to ensure the soil does not dry out or heat up too much.
  • Frost will cause damage. Use row cover to protect plants from frost. 

Southern California Pro-tips 

  • Choose companions that won’t interfere with your deeply rooted potato plants. We love planting alyssumnasturtiummarigolds, and culinary herbs like chives and basil in our potato beds. 

Additional Learning Resources 

 

Product Details

Weight 1.5 lbs
Weight

about 16 ounces (1 LB) per unit

Planting Season

Cool

Soil Temp

50° F+

Planting Depth

3–5"

Days to Germ.

10-20+

Days to Maturity

75+

Best Planting Method

Direct

Thin to

Final spacing

Final Spacing

≥12" apart

Succession

NA

Approx. Seed Count

one unit

Botanical Name

Solanum tuberosum

Plant Spread

30–36"

Plant Height

36"

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