03-04-2012, 02:41 AM
Location: Penticton, BC, Okanagan Valley, Canada
Zone: Hardiness Zone 6
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Re: Canadian Members, good banana sources in Canada?
I have obtained my first Basjoo from Canadian Tire garden shop in May 2010. This one was
Originally Posted by willy1der
There are a few places that have told me to call back in a month or so and They could see what they could do about a special order with there own suppliers .Rice road in st cathrines(or welland) sounds the most promising.They carried a few tropical varieties last summer but I was to late.
Hardy Tropicals | Rice Road Greenhouses and Garden Centre
I have managed to start a few varieties from seed and I am paying to overwinter them at a greenhouse till they get to a good size to overwinter bareroot.The only bananas I have seen in the london and area are basjoos,ensetes ,sdc's,truly tiny etc.
clearly identified on the attached tag, complete with hardiness indication etc. and has not
disappointed. It is now a healthy plant, doing its second winter (See:
My Banana Experience (or lack of it))
I have since seen banana plants as centre pieces in potted arrangements sold in "The Great
Canadian Superstore". I doubt, that many of the buyers were even aware, that the big leaved
plant was actually a banana and probably tossed the whole thing out in late fall. I also saw
individual bananas displayed in the local (Penticton) Art Knapp's Garden
Centre, - again not
labeled as to the species. These plants usually show up in May, maybe late
April, about the same
time as tomatoes.
Looking for Canadian sources appears to be a wise choice. I ordered a Siam Ruby from the states
in late 2010 from the states, but it took 3 weeks to get here, - probably due to customs delay. It
arrived in deplorable shape and after some initial sign of life died on me.