Hi from just north of Sydney Australia
Since being a (silent) member of this forum for 17 odd years, thought It's about time I pen my first post. The main reason is the frustratingly hard time I've experienced trying to track down one particular cultivar, namely the so called famous Gros michele.
All the banana varieties I have, grow very well here. There's a two or so month slowdown over winter, but get going soon after. I am about 200k's south of what was the main banana growing area in the state..
I have a 1 hectare lot about an hours drive north of Sydney, near the coast, NSW, Australia. Climate is warm and above the frost line. Bananas are my favorite, but not exclusive. Growing many and varied tropical fruit trees from around the world. Have a large poly tunnel to extend the climate further into the sub-tropics. We have reasonably wet winters and hot dry summers. I have a large dam which has been excavated larger three times in as many years in an attempt to keep the water supply pumping. So far so good, I nearly empty it every year by electric water pump.
Below is a list of live banana plants under my care. All in the ground. Starting with a few ornamentals. Always up for a swap or give away if I have it.
M. basjoo - very slow to pup.
Williams - AKA giant cav?
super dwarf cav
Choui cau- Maybe same as Señorita
M. Pisang ceylon
Dwarf Chinese plantain.
Also recently acquired four varieties that apparently originated from Tonga. One being a popoulu- orange creamy flesh.
The guy had no idea of the names(lives within 10km from me). Wouldn’t be surprised if one of them is a Gros michele.
M.velutina, M.ornata, M.zebrina, M.sikkimensis, M.basjoo,
M. rajapuri, Blue Java, dwarf red dacca, Williams, Dwarf Chinese plantain (same as dwarf cav?), dwarf cav, super dwarf cav, Choui cau (Senorita), Goldfinger, Pisang ceylan, and Four Tongan varieties I'm working through,one is popoulu. Newly added: Gros michele, lakatan and saba.