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Old 06-06-2023, 09:55 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: Is Musa "Ice-Cream" the same as Namwah?

Originally Posted by CheapyFrogz View Post
Hey all!
I would like to get into growing bananas. At the moment I will have to grow them indoors but later on I want to go further. As a starter I'd like to get a tall namwah banana since I saw those everywhere on my vacation in Vietnam. Because of my location I have a limited number of shops I can order one from. I only find Musa "Dwarf Namwah", not the "tall" variety. Is the Dwarf version the same appearence-wise? Also, they don't have any pictures of the young plant so I don't know if I should really risk ordering blind...

Alternatively they also have Musa "Ice-Cream" which they say is not "Blue Java" but instead "closer to namwah". I've only heard of "Ice-Cream" being used for Blue Java or for Namwah, not for anything in between... Could this just be tall namwah?

What would you do? Order both? Wait for a third shop to restock their dwarf namwah where I can see a picture of a pup and order only it?

Thank you in advance!
They look very similar when growing and seem to be equally cold-hardy in my area but the fruit is very different. I was fortunate enough to get a BJ pup in the summer of 2021 and it fruited the following year. Probably 100 fingers on that thing but being the storm-magnet that it is got popped before they filled out. Gorgeous rack though.
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