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Old 05-19-2017, 11:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking Super Dwarf Nam Wa Updates

That was fast

The short fat little gal squeezed out a pup overnight.


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A 7 foot Variegated Dwarf Namwa with 10 hands so far. The skinny little Variegated Dwarf Namwa pup in the photo below next to the five gallon bucket was removed from the mother plant during flower emergence.

What makes this particular Variegated Dwarf Namwa mama special and that skinny little Variegated Dwarf Namwa pup below skinny is that there is a sibling pup that's the same height but is 3.1 times as fat with many more leaves.

So far it appears to be some type of Variegated Super Dwarf Namwa mutation and we should know in a few months if the trait is passed along to it's pups.






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The Variegated Dwarf Namwa pup on the right is similar to all of the other Variegated Dwarf Namwa pups produced so far and is 8 inches taller than the odd looking fat pup on the left.



Side by side comparison of two Variegated Dwarf Namwa that are both the same height.




A beautiful jumbo brick... Variegated Florida, planted over a dozen of these yesterday.



Variegated Namwa and Florida are prolific puppers and prices should soon be in the $10 to $15 range.

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Old 05-19-2017, 04:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would like one or 2 of those variegated namwa if your selling.
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I would like one or 2 of those variegated namwa if your selling.
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First Variegated Super Dwarf Nam Wa pup.

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Are they winter hardy enough to leave them in the ground in zone 7?
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For any other people reading this forum on cold hardy bananas, the response was that they are not cold hardy below zone 11.
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For any other people reading this forum on cold hardy bananas, the response was that they are not cold hardy below zone 11.
Don't know where you got your info but we keep Variegated Dwarf Nam Wa in the ground in zone 8.
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The Super Dwarf Nam Wa pup was planted yesterday, July 14, 2017
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Thanks for responding. In response to your concern about where I got my information, I received a PM from another member with this information:

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No sorry they are not....


Maybe in zones 11 and up..."

At first I assumed it was you, but then noticed it was another member. Either way, it doesn't look like I'll be planting them in zone 7.
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Very few (if any) edibles that I'm aware of, will survive inground in zone 7. I'm zone 9b and I get lucky some winters mine come back after the frost damage to the leaves.
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Default Re: Super Dwarf Nam Wa Updates

Having thought about it, I'm thinking there might be 2 different views of "cold hardy." If a person expects the banana plant to stand year round with green leaves 12 months, then even a basjoo like I have is not cold hardy in my zone. For my purposes, I would use your definition that the plant can be left in the ground and expected to come back up in the spring.
The only banana plants I've tried are the basjoo, which I've had for several years and a "Mekong Giant" which did not survive one winter.
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