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Old 08-05-2011, 09:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Is this Ice Cream/Blue Java?

I bought this plant from Green Thumb Nursery in Ventura labeled as Ice Cream. Venturabananas was over a few weeks ago and he said that he thought it didn't look like IC but more line a Namwah variety because the fruit were too close together, etc. Since another forum member is interested in buying a pup I thought I should clarify this so that I don't sell him a fraudulent banana

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Nylon support of the bunch





Almost ripe?


I wonder if these would be bluer if my soil pH was lower?


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Old 08-05-2011, 10:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: Is this Ice Cream/Blue Java?

Don't know what it is - but it is definitely not a Blue Java/Ice Cream. Nice plant and fruit by the way!
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It does look tasty, but bummer not an IC...

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Default Re: Is this Ice Cream/Blue Java?

I am by no means an expert, so take what I say with a grain of salt. Looking at it, reminds me of the Namwah Dwarf, because of the fruit shape and the light color of the stem. I'm sure one of our resident banana experts could ID it though. But, to compare -> Agri-Starts, Inc. - Musa 'Dwarf Namwah Pearl'
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Thanks for your educated guess. I'm also growing Dwarf Namwah as well so I'll have to make a comparison between the pseudostem color, petiole, midrib, leaf blade, etc.
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Going to pic up some Blue Java this weekend.I can get you one
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Going to pic up some Blue Java this weekend.I can get you one
Thanks Tony, it's tempting but I'm currently trying to thin back my banana collection...

It would be nice to know what this is since I have a number of pups... may end up just mulching them and feeding them to the AeAe mats.

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Thanks Tony, it's tempting but I'm currently trying to thin back my banana collection...

It would be nice to know what this is since I have a number of pups... may end up just mulching them and feeding them to the AeAe mats.

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You probably have the same plant I have.Not Ice Cream.

I've been trying to thin back my plants also,but
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My fruit do look similar to yours Tony. Also, found this pick from another site advertising Musa Namwah,



which look pretty similar to mine before they plumped up,


Here's a picture of when they first bloomed


So until someone tells me otherwise I'm going to call this Musa Namwah. Could be worse, they're quite tasty from what I remember...
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Thanks for your educated guess. I'm also growing Dwarf Namwah as well so I'll have to make a comparison between the pseudostem color, petiole, midrib, leaf blade, etc.
No problem. I just remember seeing similar pics, while browsing other sites that sell banana plants and whatnot. I remember thinking they looked like a really nice plant. Yours are very lovely btw, no matter what it is, definately something to be proud of. =)
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