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Old 08-23-2008, 08:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Blooming in North Carolina, what is it?

One of my Bananas is blooming, which I didn't expect. Every winter the leaves die back every time we have a hard frost, but the stalks don't seem to die.
I've had these plants (I started with two) for a little less than two years.

When I bought them, I was told they were Himalayan bananas, but I'm beginning to doubt that. The Nursery is gone now, so there are no further clues there.

They are flowering, but will there be fruit?
They get a good deal of water, but I have never fertilized them (or anything else).




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Old 08-23-2008, 08:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Sorry W2 - I can't get the pictures to show!
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Old 08-23-2008, 09:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Musa basjoo!
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They look great. Sorry I don't know what they are.
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Old 08-23-2008, 11:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Blooming in North Carolina, what is it?

The pics didn't show for me either, but if you right-click on the red x and copy the URL, then paste that into your browser, you can see them.

Definitely Musa basjoo, the most cold-hardy banana known. Not a Himalayan species, although those do exist also, but rather a Chinese species.
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Old 08-24-2008, 08:49 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: Blooming in North Carolina, what is it?

I agree it looks just like my Basjoo, I live in Clemmons, NC & i have been overwintering mine just to be double sure I don't lose any, I may experiment this year & leave 1 well mulched in the ground. I have about 60 Pink velutina's I think they should do ok mulched as well. Anyone have any advice on them?
Congrats on the flower I just got my first Flag couple days ago. Been growing them for 8 years or more, short growing season In VA but I guess here in NC was all it took to get the extra growth.

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Old 09-15-2008, 06:32 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Default Re: Blooming in North Carolina, what is it?

I am in Coastal NC too and I wrapped my orinocos with bubble wrap last winter and the fruited for me this year.
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Old 09-15-2008, 06:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Default Re: Blooming in North Carolina, what is it?

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Sorry W2 - I can't get the pictures to show!
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Is this it?



Probably Basjoo.
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