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Species Bananas Discussions of all the different wild species of banana (non edible), an aspect of the hobby that deserves its own section.


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Old 02-02-2009, 06:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hi all,

I have heard that so called "Hong Kong Banana" is existing somewhere and
it is said that this banana is very cold hardy contrary to the imagination of
the word "Hong Kong".

Has anyone ever heard of this? and know what?
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Old 02-03-2009, 04:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That sounds like a very general name, and since hardly any details are presented, it makes it hard to even guess what it may be. Where did you hear about this banana, and do you have any photos or other details?
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Thanks Gabe15,

It is so written in a local banana web that there is so called "Hong Kong Banana"
planted in the southern parts of Kyushuu Islands.
Unfortunately, however, there are no data and no pictures shown in the blog.
Until now I have never heard of "Hong Kong Banana" and the existence of
this banana in Japan was not known. So I still am skeptical about this story.
This was the reason why I asked you all if anybody heard of it or knew about
this.
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I have heard of M. balbisiana being called '"King Kong"....kinda similar, and also M. balbisiana has been known to grow in Japan. M. balbisiana is very variable and all of its diversity is not completely documented, but there are known varieties which are very hardy. I'm not saying that this "Hong Kong" banana is a M. balbisiana, but it is a possibility.
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I think it is the eBay seller, Seedmart that hung that name on them. (The King Kong label) They are also the ones selling seeds for edible Musa despite my several emails to them advising otherwise. It seems that they want to stick with their story, so I just won't buy from them anymore.
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