Discover the Best Small Potato Varieties for Container Planting

The Solanaceae plant family undoubtedly occupies a unique position as it includes the two most popular vegetables in the United States, with potatoes leading in first place, closely followed by tomatoes in second.

The easy-to-grow potato vegetable offers many small varieties ideal for container gardening. Most of these are unavailable in your local supermarket, so growing small potato varieties for containers is a wise choice. 

40 Small Potato Varieties For Containers

Choices for small potato varieties for containers are enough to grow a different variety each year for the rest of your love, maybe even two varieties annually. I selected 40, but the list could easily have been double that.

Close-up photo of small potatoes resting on a person's palm. The potatoes appear to be freshly harvested and have a rough, earthy texture. The hand holding the potatoes is slightly blurred in the background, indicating movement.
“Freshly harvested potatoes straight from the earth.”
1. Adirondack Blue1. Adirondack Blue
3. AmaRosa Fingerling4. Austrian Crescent Fingerling
2. All Blue5. Asterix
6. Binje7. Blackberry
8. Caribe9. Charlotte
10. Chieftain11. Dark Red Norland
12. Dakota Pearl14. French Fingerling
13. Elba15. German Butterball
16. Golden Globe17. Huckleberry
19. Laratte Fingerling18. Kennebec
20. Magic Molly Fingerling21. Masquerade
23. Ozette Fingerling24. Pinto Gold Fingerling
22. Natasha25. Purple Majesty
26. Purple Peruvian Fingerling27. Purple Viking
28. Red Baby29. Red Gold
30. Red LaSoda31. Red Norland
32. Red Pontiac34. Russian Banana Fingerling
33. Rose Finn Apple Fingerling35. Sangre
36. Terra Rosa37. Soraya
38. Strawberry Paw39. Vivaldi

Choosing the Best Potato to Grow in Container Gardens

A picture of Tony kneeling inside his garden shed. He is holding a small seeded potato in his hand, which he is getting ready to plant. The shed is filled with various gardening tools and equipment, and there are pots and containers visible in the background.
“Tony is prepping for a fruitful harvest. Getting ready to plant some potatoes in his garden shed filled with gardening tools and equipment.”

Growing potatoes is easy, and containers make it possible for gardeners to grow unusual and purpose-specific potatoes of all shapes, colors, and sizes, bar none. The best potato for containers is any potato you choose.

It makes sense that the longer a potato plant is kept in a container, the higher the risks. Early potatoes that can grow to maturity in around two months pose less risk than potatoes you need to care for five months.

With the right care, any potato will grow well in a container. The five most essential care factors for growing vegetables in containers are

  • Light quality and quantity
  • Water quality and quantity
  • Soil quality and characteristics
  • Plant Nutrition
  • Essential container features

10 Fingerling Seed Potatoes

The name “fingerling” comes from the finger-like shape of these potatoes, though ogre’s fingers are more likely. Chefs and market farmers highly seek them due to their intriguing colors and wonderful flavors. 

Fingerlings take around 90 days to mature, yield well and are generally disease-resistant. Since all fingerlings continue to set tubers throughout the growing season, they are ideal for grow bags with flaps or double containers with slotted inserts.

Amarosa

A pile of Amarosa potatoes is shown in the center of a white background, with a sliced potato placed on top of the pile. The Amarosa potatoes are a deep shade of purple, with smooth and shiny skin. The sliced potato in the middle has a cross-section view, revealing its vibrant pinkish-red flesh.
“Discover the vibrant beauty of Amarosa potatoes – a strikingly colorful and delicious addition to any dish! 🥔💜”

94 Days 

The mid-season fingerling cultivar AmaRosa has deep red/pink flesh and smooth, brilliant red skin. These tender, healthy fingerlings are delicious baked, roasted, or grilled. When cooked, AmaRosa retains its vibrant red color, so it may also be used to make stunningly colorful potato chips.

Austrian Crescent

95 – 115 Days

The Austrian Crescent is a rich yellow fingerling with a golden crescent shape; the waxy and crisp texture is ideal for salads or roasting; it is nearly impossible to distinguish between this variety and the Russian Banana. Offers excellent yield and storage.

French Fingerling

98 Days

Tall spreading plants that yield French fingerling produce tubers with dark rose skin and yellow flesh that is flecked with scarlet. This particular potato species is great when boiled or roasted and is renowned for its gourmet quality flavor. The tubers are resistant to common scabs and are bigger and more oval than standard fingerlings.

Laratte

100 Days

This unique fingerling is imported from France. Laratte resembles Banana in appearance; however, it differs from it due to a fine net to the brown skin and a nutty flavor to the dark yellow flesh. The texture is solid and smooth, though the baby potatoes (half to one inch) melt in your mouth. The medium-sized plants are topped with white blossoms.

Ozette

Photo of an Ozette potato pile on a white background with one potato cut in half, revealing its creamy yellow flesh and small, dark eyes.
“Discover the delicious creamy flesh of Ozette potatoes, with their small, dark eyes, perfect for roasting or boiling! 🥔😋 #OzettePotatoes #FreshProduce”

98 – 105 Days

Ozette is a late variety that may be harvested at any time after around 100 days, but the maximum harvests are obtained if allowed to develop until it is killed by frost. Some gardeners like to harvest at 14 weeks, which results in a good yield of four to five-inch fingerlings. 

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Pinto Gold

70 Days

Pinto Gold, developed by the University of Maine, is a great gourmet potato with red skin and splashy yellow eyes. The creamy yellow flesh is soft and tasty. Tubers are variable in shape, ranging from oval to fingerling—with excellent production and storage capacity.

Around 7-8 weeks after sowing, little, “fresh” potatoes can be harvested. After the foliage has faded, leave the main crop tubers in the ground for two weeks to allow the skin to form. Before storing tubers, brush off the soil and allow the skins to dry. Store in a dark, damp environment that is cool but not cold (40°F (4.4°C).

Purple Peruvian

A pile of purple Peruvian potatoes is shown with one potato cut in half, revealing its purple and white interior. The potatoes are placed on a white background.
“Vibrant and delicious – these purple Peruvian potatoes add color to any dish! 😍🥔💜”

100 -120 Days

Purple skin and flesh on this little purple fingerling. Produces a high yield from tall, upright plants. A late-season maturing type that cooks beautifully and looks great when combined with red and yellow potatoes.

Rose Finn Apple

105 – 135 Days

This fine fingerling has rose-blushed beige skin and rich yellow flesh, with occasional second growth. Though not as easy to grow as the Russian Banana, this potato’s superb flavor and culinary capabilities set it apart. Tubers grow close to the surface, so hill them well to avoid greening and frost damage. Maintain fertility by watering sparingly. Mid- to late-season maturation.

Russian Banana

90 – 105 Days

This late-maturing fingerling cultivar typically has little tubers in the shape of a banana with pale yellow flesh and a skin that is light yellow. Russian Banana potato plants provide high yields and are great in potato salads. They are somewhat vulnerable to late blight but moderately resistant to common scab.

Magic Molly

A pile of Magic Molly potatoes is shown on a white cloth background. Two of the potatoes are cut in half to reveal their deep purple flesh. The potatoes are small to medium-sized with rough skin and irregular shapes.
“Vibrant and delicious, these Magic Molly potatoes make a colorful addition to any meal. Their deep purple flesh is sure to impress!”

110 Days

Alaska’s Magic Molly is a fingerling potato with purple skin and dark purple flesh. This potato variety yields larger-than-average fingerling-shaped tubers that hold their color even when boiled. The tubers of Magic Molly have a delicious flavor, especially when roasted and are very high in antioxidants.

Small Potatoes with Yellow Flesh

Asterix

Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
95 – 120OblongRedYellow

It stores well and offers a firm texture after cooking—great for French fries. Offers some drought tolerance. Larger small potato. Store at eight °C

Binje

Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
100 -120OvalYellowYellow

The most widely grown yellow-fleshed potato in the world because of its storability, proficient growth habits and adaptability to a wide range of soil types. The potato of choice for Pommes Frites (french fries) in Belgium, where they dip them in mayonnaise instead of ketchup. Large clusters of smooth golden-fleshed tubers will appear beneath these quickly germinating, vigorous plants. 

Charlotte

A pile of Charlotte potatoes in different shapes and sizes placed on a wooden surface, with some of them packaged in a foam fruit net on the side. The potatoes have a light brown color and are arranged haphazardly.
“Harvested Charlotte potatoes on wooden surface with packaging.”
Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
70 – 84OvalLight BrownGolden Yellow

Charlotte potatoes are a small to medium varietal, averaging 4 to 5 centimeters in diameter, and have an elongated, oval to oblong shape with slight tapering towards each end. The potato’s skin is thin, smooth, flaky, and delicate, with a pale yellow to light brown hue. Underneath the skin, the golden yellow flesh is firm and finely textured. The potatoes hold their shape in cooking and have a subtly sweet, nutty, and earthy flavor.

German Butterball

Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
90 – 110OvalBuffYellow

My favorite yellow-fleshed potato is this heirloom variety with fantastic flavor any way you cook it. Yellow netted skin and golden flesh. The flaky texture is never dry, and German Butterball has a rich buttery flavor.

Golden Globe

Three small golden globe potatoes resting on a matte brown background, showcasing their smooth, shiny skin and organic shape.
“Simple pleasures: a trio of golden globe potatoes displaying their natural beauty and earthy charm.”
Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
85 – 100RoundYellowYellow

Golden Globe was developed as a definite improvement to Yukon Gold with higher yields, better storability, and a higher percentage of #1-grade potatoes. Sets 8-9 tubers per plant. It resists most diseases, including potato virus Y (PVY).

Huckleberry Gold

Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
80 – 90OvalRedYellow

A relatively new variety, an alternative to Yukon Gold, offering shallow eyes and improved yields. Huckleberry Gold has a very creamy buttery texture that makes great mashed potatoes and can be served as a baby potato steak complement. 

Natascha

Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
75 – 85OvalYellowYellow

This smooth, shallow-eyed potato with few blemishes will make a great addition to your garden. Demonstrates improved emergence and plant vigor for a yellow type—high yields with a low percentage of oversized tubers. The Waxy type is especially suited for salads/boiling. Excellent storage potential. Intermediate resistance to foliar late blight, Rhizoctonia, and tuber late blight.

Soraya

A photo of four Soraya potatoes, with one of them cut in half, placed on a plain white background.
“Freshly harvested Yukon Gold potatoes waiting to be cooked. The smooth, yellow skins and varying sizes make them perfect for any recipe.”
Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
85 – 95Oval-oblongDark YellowDark Yellow

Outstanding taste and texture are great for salads and soups. A great candidate for organic production as it requires less fertilizer to attain high yields and is very resistant to late blight—moderate resistance to common scab. Good drought tolerance. Vigorous, deep-rooted plant.

Strawberry Paw

Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
100 – 120RoundBright RedYellow

Their flashy display is a fantastic addition to your potato collection. With generally good yields and medium size, their flesh is firm, sweet and moist.

Vivaldi

Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
85 – 95Long-ovalLight YellowLight Yellow

Vivaldi is a pale yellow potato with a velvety texture; this makes it great for mashing and is particularly good as a boiled potato, holding its shape. It has a mildly sweet flavor complements Mediterranean and fish or chicken recipes.

Yukon Gold

A brown ceramic bowl filled with Yukon Gold potatoes of varying sizes, with their smooth, yellow skin visible. Some potatoes are stacked on top of each other, while others are arranged around the edges of the bowl. The background is blurry, but appears to be a wooden table or countertop.
“Freshly harvested Yukon Gold potatoes, ready to be cooked and enjoyed.”
Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
80 – 95Round-ovalGoldGold

Classic! Large yellow skin and yellow flesh potato, excellent quality and yield. Outstanding Flavor! These yellow-skinned and golden-fleshed potatoes are known for their flavor and dry texture. Perfect, any way you cook it… baked, boiled, mashed, or fried, Yukon Gold is a great all-purpose potato and a good keeper.

Early Potatoes Potatoes You Can Start Indoors

Other than those already mentioned, below are some more early-season potatoes for you.

Adirondack Blue

Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
80 – 90OblongPurplePurple

True blue. Attractive, low-growing spreading plants. Large, oblong tubers feature lovely deep purplish-blue skin and flesh. The color may leach when boiled but remains when baked or microwaved.

Caribe

Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
70 – 84OblongPurpleWhite

This very early variety is a must for every garden. Bluish-purple skin covers snow-white flesh that makes beautiful, fluffy mashed potatoes. Caribé is an excellent new potato and does well as a frying or baking potato. A superb yielder, Caribé will produce well in a variety of soils. Good storage qualities.

Dark Red Norland

Three dark red Norland potatoes, one cut in half, arranged on a white plate.
“Freshly harvested Norland potatoes, sliced and ready for cooking.”
Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
70 – 90OvalDeep RedWhite

One of the most reliable and attractive red-skinned potatoes we’ve seen. Dark Red Norland produces heavy yields of uniform, oval, slightly flattened tubers with deep crimson skin and pearly white flesh. These high-quality spuds resist cracking, hollow hearts and distorted growth. Healthy plants show resistance to scab, Potato Virus A, and Rhizoctonia.

Masquerade

Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
65 -85RoundPurple & YellowYellow

Round tubers with variegated purple and yellow skin and yellow flesh. Offers good stability but a short dormancy. Ideal as a baked potato or roasted.

Purple Majesty

Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
85 -100OblongPurplePurple

Purple skin and purple flesh. High in antioxidants and suitable for roasting, chips, and salads.

Red Baby

Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
85 – 95RoundRedRed

Red Baby is an exciting new variety offering red-through-out medium maturing baby-type potato. The plant sets up to 20 bright red tubers that are also bright red inside, and the size is relatively uniform from the size of a golf ball down. They have an excellent flavor and are great cooked any way you like.

Red Gold

Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
75 -90RoundRedDeep Yellow

Red skin and yellow flesh, medium size, very early maturing, high yield. After cooking, it offers a firm texture and is a versatile kitchen companion for roasting, scalloped, mashed, steamed or fried.

Red LaSoda

Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
80 -95OvalRedWhite

The plants should be lifted two to three weeks following vine kill to improve tuber development and skin set. Potatoes with adequate skin set keep their skin color longer, lose less weight in storage, and are less prone to bruising and soft rot.

Sangre

A pile of reddish-brown Sangre potatoes stacked on top of each other. The potatoes are of different sizes and shapes, with their skins showing visible marks and bumps. The background of the photo is blurred, highlighting the texture and color of the potatoes in the foreground.
“Organic Sangre potatoes: imperfectly perfect in every way.”
Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
80 -95OblongRedCreamy white

Sangre is one of the prettiest red-skinned varieties, with shallow eyes and medium-sized oblong tubers. Initially released by Colorado State University in 1982, Sangre ranks high in taste tests with creamy white flesh that is incredibly delicious, boiled or baked. 

Terra Rosa

Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
80 -95OblongMagentaMagenta

A beautiful new variety, a very smooth, shallow-eyed variety. Magenta skin with matching flesh. Mashed, this variety is a winner. It has a sizeable plant that yields very well, and tubers can reach ten oz. in size. It’s a mid to late-summer variety.

Other Interesting Small Potato Plants

All Blue

An arrangement of several All Blue potatoes on a wooden table. The potatoes are various sizes and shades of blue, with some having darker spots or streaks. The wooden table has a rustic texture and visible grains
“Nature’s artistry on display with these colorful All Blue potatoes, each unique in size and hue, resting on a rustic wooden table.”
Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
90 -110OblongBlueBlue

Blackberry

Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
80 – 100OblongPurpleMottled Purple

Chieftain

Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
80 – 110OblongRedWhite

Dakota Pearl

Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
110 – 120RoundPale YellowWhite

Elba

Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
90 -110RoundBuffWhite

Kennebec

Close-up photo of a pile of Kennebec potatoes on a white background. One of the potatoes has been cut in half, revealing its white flesh and yellowish skin.
“Freshly harvested Kennebec potatoes ready to be cooked and enjoyed.”
Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
120 – 130OvalBuffWhite

Purple Viking

Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
90 – 100OblongPurple/PinkWhite

Red Norland

Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
90 – 110RoundRedWhite

Red Pontiac

Days to MaturityShapeSkin ColorFlesh Color
90 – 100OvalRedWhite

FAQs on Discover the Best Small Potato Varieties for Container Planting

What is the easiest potato to grow?

The easiest potato variety to grow would be the early varieties, such as Yukon Gold, Red Norland, or Fingerling potatoes. These potatoes have a shorter growing season and are generally more adaptable to various growing conditions.

Do potatoes do well in containers?

Yes, potatoes can do very well in containers. Container gardening offers several advantages for growing potatoes, such as ease of care, better control over growing conditions, and the ability to grow unique or small varieties not commonly found in supermarkets. However, choosing the right container and soil is important, providing adequate nutrients and water and ensuring sufficient light and temperature for optimal growth.

What are the smallest types of potatoes?

The smallest types of potatoes are often called new potatoes or baby potatoes. They are harvested early in the season and are usually less than 2 inches in diameter. Fingerling potatoes are also considered small, typically ranging from 2-4 inches long. There are also some specific varieties of small potatoes, such as “Creamer” potatoes, smaller than traditional new potatoes.

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