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PlantFiles: Fingerling Potato
Solanum tuberosum 'Banana'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solanum (so-LAN-num) (Info)
Species: tuberosum (too-ber-OH-sum) (Info)
Cultivar: Banana
Additional cultivar information: (aka Yellow Banana, Russian Banana, Straight Banana)

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6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Tuber Type:
Hybrid Tuber

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Days to Maturity:
91 to 100 days
101 to 110 days

Bloom Color:

Skin Color:

Skin Texture:

Flesh Color:
Deep Yellow/Gold

Tuber Shape:

Tuber Size:

Typical Yield:

Waxy (salad)

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2 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative demirjan On Aug 4, 2010, demirjan from Stuart, VA wrote:

I planted Russian Banana 2 years in a raised bed. Very meagre harvest, although plants looked healthy and normal. A number of very small potatoes and very few medium to large. I used organic root vegetable fertilizer at planting and reapplied once. Soil in bed is fairly good; I have added compost and other organic matter over past 4 years. Summers here are hot. Any thoughts on why this plant isn't working for me?

Positive curzio On Dec 23, 2008, curzio from Kenosha, WI wrote:

Straight Banana is a fingerling type tuber selected by Evelyne Smetaniuk of Fort St. John, British Columbia by replanting the straightest tubers over a ten year time period.

Russian Banana is great for both soups, as cut pieces hold well the shape after boiling, and potato salads. Note on the comment posted from Madison: try to plant fingerlings closer togheter. I have tested 6" spacing vs. 12" spacing with Ozette and found that the half spacing yielded almost double the quantity with smaller tubers. You really don't want very large tubers in the fingerling shape. Google Kenosha Potato Project for more recipes that match specific cultivars. Grown in 2009 (3 seed pieces produced 9 pounds 14 oz, medium fingerlings)

I grow the strains Russian Banana and Straight Banana. Russian Banana produces large crops. Straight Banana I've just received from AgriCanada as an in-vitro seedling and I'm not able to determine yield production. "Straight" is a project started in Canada by only "saving" straight tubers for seed purpose ... in time you should end up with more "straight" bananas. It's an ongoing project ... as the seed I have still produces "regular" bananas (LOL).

I'm very positive with Russian Banana ... which grows very tall vines and is likely to produce great yields in a built-up container. Google Kenosha Potato Project - 99 pounds harvest in 3 x 3 for more info.

Positive rebecca101 On Oct 4, 2006, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

For some reason my yields of this one were much smaller than for other potatoes (Caribe, yukon gold)... but maybe I did something wrong. It's a nice buttery textured fingerling which is great baked.

Neutral Farmerdill On Feb 16, 2006, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Developed in the Baltic Region of Europe/Asia. Yellow, banana-shaped, waxy-type tubers with firm texture that have wonderful flavor. Produces heavy yields of medium sized tubers and has shown excellent field resistance to disease. Late variety.

According to the Canadien Food Inspection Agency, "Yellow fleshed fingerling type potato with a high tuber set of 15 to 20 small tubers per plant. Low yielding variety; medium dormancy period; good storability; medium specific gravity."


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Long Beach, California
Stuart, Virginia
Grantsburg, Wisconsin
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin

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