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Old 10-17-2009, 06:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello Banana Buddies,

I'd like to learn which banana varieties grow best in my Zone 9 Huntington Beach area.

We have great success with avocados, loquat, apple, grapefruit (Oro Blanco, which is suited to this area.

I'll do my homework on when and how to best cultivate bananas but if you have any helpful uncommon tips, that would be welcome too.

Thank you! Robin
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Old 10-17-2009, 06:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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About a hundred. It really comes down to what size plants, size fruits, and flavors of fruit you want.
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Old 10-17-2009, 11:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Greg zone 9 Fresno,CA

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Old 10-18-2009, 04:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome aboard, Robin ! I'd Def go with Richard on south CA! It's a very friendly & info-packed site so I'm sure you'll find what ya need! If ya have any questions about using the forum, just ask.
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Old 10-18-2009, 07:32 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Two that have done well for me Dwarf Namwah and Goldfinger.
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Old 10-18-2009, 08:05 AM   #6 (permalink)
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There are alot of SoCal Members here who should really be able to help you figure out what your looking for also feel free to look at the Wiki it has tons of Information on different nanners.
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:47 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Welcome ! From Novato, Ca. Im oretty new to this myself. Im sure however that you will get the info that you want . People here are Great. Good luck making your decision !! or should I say Decisions ! I was HOOKED when I got my first banana, now I have six !
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Old 10-18-2009, 10:01 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Any green type will grow best for you. Reds will grow but are more cold sensitive so should we get a little frost all the leaves turn brown leaving an ugly plant until it starts growing again in spring.

Go visit Jon in San Diego where you can taste some and see them as mature plants. Then you'll have some info to base your decisions on.

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Old 10-18-2009, 10:40 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Welcome Robin...Good to have you growing with us!!

I have just ventured into growing an avocado AND a loquat...they are small - any advice would be appreciated!!

I am in Zone 8a, Central Texas, and having awesome growth & success with Dwarf Red, Dw. Namwah & Dw. Orinoco.
I am a first year banana grower though & will not have fruit or flower 'til next year.

Glad to have you with us Robin!! ~Cheryl
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:18 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site! In zone 9 you can probably grow just about anything....depending on what you're looking for, I'm sure you can fill up all the space you have available and THEN some! Enjoy the site!
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:19 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I live in rainbow, ca in the hills. Orinoco and raja puri have fruited for me. I have purchased 5 more varieties we will see.

I now have Williams, dwarf Cavendish, dwarf brazillian, goldfinger, gran nain, gros michel...also misi luki.

I have my dwarf orinoco, Rajapuri, and misi luki out in the open this year.

I use to have the Rajapuri and DO by the house....I am hoping that they all do more than survive. ..
I live in 10a

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Hey Robin! Welcome to our little lovely worldwide neighborhood!

You should be able to get all the information from this knowledgeable

Please feel free to share your knowledge with us as well!
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Varieties Growing in Zone 8:
Ice Cream, Raja Puri, Gran Nain, Williams, Cavendish, Mekong giant, Basjoo, Double Mahoi, Ensete Snow, Viente Cohol, Saba, FHIA-3 Sweetheart, Thousand Finger, and one BIG mystery Banana.
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