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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 09-11-2005, 11:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Musa 'African Red'...dwarf species?

My musa 'African Red' was acquired this Spring from the annual Leu Gardens plant sale in Orlando, FL as a 6 inch plant. Since then (late March), the main pseudostem has bloomed (at ~3 feet), and now two second generation pups are blooming at almost exactly the same height. I thought that this plant was supposed to be between 7-10' pseudostem height at bloom time, according to various sources. Apparently, mine didn't read these reports! Anyway, getting three blooms, with another one very likely, in one season from a 6 inch plant, is pretty gratifying. I just hope that it's hardy enough to stand our zone 7 winters.

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Old 09-11-2005, 05:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Musa 'African Red'...dwarf species?

Hey Bigdog-That is very gratifying. I have had several M. velutina plants that I raised from seeds planted last December that have also bloomed multiple stems this year. I have seen some of my ornamentals bloom at heights other than those advertised. Is you plant in the ground or in a container? Being planted in the ground in full sun seems to have a dwarfing effect on my ornamental bananas (but only a foot or 2 at most). Just out of curiosity, has your African Red set any fruit?

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Default Re: Musa 'African Red'...dwarf species?

Richard, it's planted in the ground, full sun until 2:00pm or so, then shade. It has some unfertilized bananas on it now from the first flower.

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