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RRedBBeard 05-06-2015 05:46 AM

Newbie, seeks info/plants of dwarf/edible varieties
 
I'm in CT zone 6, and would like to find a good, really dwarf edible banana plant. I was considering musa pink velutina, however, while edible, they're packed with large seeds that can break a tooth if you're not careful. Can a dwarf variety be intentionally underpotted and still be somewhat happy and bear fruit? I've heard that even dwarf plants can be overwhelming, and in colder zones like mine are an exercise in futility without a greenhouse?

Any insights or suggestions? I don't have bananas, but I do have some great species begonias, hippeastrums and aroids available to swap. Feel free to contact me!

Thanks,
Rick/New London, CT

kubali 05-06-2015 08:39 AM

Re: Newbie, seeks info/plants of dwarf/edible varieties
 
Welcome aboard,
pull up a chair and have some fun learning.:waving:

from the sea 05-06-2015 08:58 AM

Re: Newbie, seeks info/plants of dwarf/edible varieties
 
super dwarf Cavendish stays really small

Richard 05-06-2015 09:18 AM

Re: Newbie, seeks info/plants of dwarf/edible varieties
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by RRedBBeard (Post 259023)
... in colder zones like mine are an exercise in futility without a greenhouse? ...

Fruiting bananas will need greenhouse conditions during your Fall, Winter, and Spring.

RRedBBeard 05-06-2015 10:20 AM

Re: Newbie, seeks info/plants of dwarf/edible varieties
 
Thanks guys!
So, how small is 'small'? If I use a heat mat and 2 or 3 of the screw-in LED's w/reflectors, would that get a banana through the winter in my kitchen?

--Rr

Richard 05-06-2015 10:58 AM

Re: Newbie, seeks info/plants of dwarf/edible varieties
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by RRedBBeard (Post 259030)
Thanks guys!
So, how small is 'small'? If I use a heat mat and 2 or 3 of the screw-in LED's w/reflectors, would that get a banana through the winter in my kitchen?
--Rr

Some characteristics of Super-dwarf Cavendish grown to produce fruit:
15 gallon pot
4+ ft high at maturity
30+ inch leaves
Very small fruit size
For indoor lighting, I'd recommend an 8-bulb x 4 ft. SunBlaze VHO fixture.

from the sea 05-06-2015 12:39 PM

Re: Newbie, seeks info/plants of dwarf/edible varieties
 
Pr that's a sweet looking banana, were do you get all these cool varieties from?

RRedBBeard 05-06-2015 12:55 PM

Re: Newbie, seeks info/plants of dwarf/edible varieties
 
Wow...that's a fabulously expensive fixture for a single plant. I guess I'm in touch with my inner Cheap Old Yankee...lol. Are LED bulbs too impractical for this?
--Rr

Richard 05-06-2015 03:39 PM

Re: Newbie, seeks info/plants of dwarf/edible varieties
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by RRedBBeard (Post 259036)
Wow...that's a fabulously expensive fixture for a single plant. I guess I'm in touch with my inner Cheap Old Yankee...lol. Are LED bulbs too impractical for this?
--Rr

It takes energy to grow fruit, and that energy needs to be in a particular spectrum. An LED system with the equivalent spectrum and wattage output has a higher price tag than the SunBlaze VHO 8 bulb x 4 ft. system. Further, the spectrum is not available from HPS and metal halide bulbs.

Edible bananas will take approximately 18 months from pup-size to mature and produce fruit in subtropical zone 10. You have that for weather for 5-6 months. You do have the option of bringing your plant inside and letting it be dormant or under low light conditions -- however, these periods will not contribute to the overall time leading to plant maturity.

CTPalm 05-06-2015 05:32 PM

Re: Newbie, seeks info/plants of dwarf/edible varieties
 
I'm going to try Musa Veinte Cohol Banana this year - i'm in CT too and have overwintered bananas in pots and/or dug up and stored and had them produce bananas the next year.

cincinnana 05-09-2015 07:46 PM

Re: Newbie, seeks info/plants of dwarf/edible varieties
 
Welcome to our Aroid Jungle............:08:

from the sea 05-10-2015 08:26 AM

Re: Newbie, seeks info/plants of dwarf/edible varieties
 
thanks PR, Ill have to see if I can get TC's sent here

from the sea 05-11-2015 02:02 PM

Re: Newbie, seeks info/plants of dwarf/edible varieties
 
I'll have to put my feelers out for some of these awesome varieties. Thanks again.

wong5330 05-15-2015 03:04 AM

Re: Newbie, seeks info/plants of dwarf/edible varieties
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by kubali (Post 259026)
Welcome aboard,
pull up a chair and have some fun learning.:waving:

THANK YOU, I WILL PULL UP A CHAIR SIT DOWN AND LISTEN TO OUR LEARNED MEMBER.
WITH REGARD FROM WONG


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