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Old 02-12-2017, 04:07 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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Here is the amazon page for the company in case anyone can verify from it if they are legit or not. It may be hard to tell until they get bigger.https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B011Q...236_SY340_QL65
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Here is the amazon page for the company in case anyone can verify from it if they are legit or not. It may be hard to tell until they get bigger.https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B011Q...236_SY340_QL65
From the picture alone that is not Ice Cream / Blue Java.
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I assumed it was a stock photo of a banana. Seems like I might have been wrong.
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Here is the amazon page for the company in case anyone can verify from it if they are legit or not. It may be hard to tell until they get bigger.https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B011Q...236_SY340_QL65
Not an IceCream - Blue Java and not hard at all to tell.
Four plants for $23 usually means mislabeled tissue cultured plants. If you are lucky, you got yourself some Namwah.
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I assumed it was a stock photo of a banana. Seems like I might have been wrong.
Why would someone selling the real deal use an arbitrary stock photo? Definitely a seller that doesn't know their product.

Of course, now expect that seller to get some real Ice Cream photos from this site ...

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Why would someone selling the real deal use an arbitrary stock photo? Definitely a seller that doesn't know their product.

Of course, now expect that seller to get some real Ice Cream photos from this site ...

Thanks for the hint. I better start to watermark my photos.
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Thanks for the info. Seems like there is not much I can do. I hear the variety I most likely got is still good though. I just hope it is as cold hardy as the blue java was claimed to be.

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Thanks for the info. Seems like there is not much I can do.I hear the variety I most likely god is still good though. I just hope it is as cold hardy as the blue java was claimed to be.
My real blue java is right next to my tall Namwas. Anything over 5' easily withstood our 20F low this year. It was only a few hours but still very cold. The namwa seems even more cold hardy due to its insane size/thickness. Although the bj/ice cream did start pushing leaves before the namwa this year.

I'm sure you received 4 tall namwa. You will be very happy with them. Very cold hardy pstems and truly huge plants. Make sure you give it lots of room. Mine get 16-17'. Leaves touch the power lines. No kidding.
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I am going to try some ice cream bananas. I am going to plant some outside and some in pots and see if they survive. I am getting the feeling cold hardy is a relative term.
Even the most cold hardy bananas are difficult to fruit here in zone 9 (Northern California, which is very different from zone 9 in Florida where it's very easy to fruit bananas because there's more warm days and nights over the course of a year) However, without a heated greenhouse, it's very unlikely you'll get fruit to reach maturity (you might be able to get them to flower though!) Check out my posts here for photos of what bananas look like when exposed to very light frosts and 3 months of temperatures between the mid 30's to low 60's: The cold hardy list

Good news is you can probably keep them alive outdoors year after year with really good protection, but they'll likely die to the corm. You'll end up with a bunch of little plants that grow to a certain size, get fried during the winter, and then repeat year after year.
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Thanks. Any that I for sure want to fruit I will bring inside. The others will be an experiment. Sometimes we have mild winters sometimes we don't.
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Winter this year in SE Texas was two nights of 28 F followed by 70 F days. Basically if global warming keeps kicking in we may not have to cover our bananas all that much.
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