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Old 06-04-2012, 02:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I thought this might be interesting. Please note neither of these plants were from any of the members selling plants.

I bought an economical ice Cream banana TC plant on line in April that with the low cost shipping and the initial lower cost of the plant it worked out to a total price of around $10


Here is the 10 buck banana plant today about 2 months after planting.



I month later I bought a Goldfinger from a reputable on line dealer and paid 20 bucks for the plant plus shipping so total it was $30

Here is the the 30 buck plant that was planted one month after the cheaper plant or about one month ago.



The more expensive plant is I would say two leafs behind the cheaper plant planted a month earlier.
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Same fertilizer? what kind of mulch do you use?
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Default Re: $10 vs $30 Banana Plant

OK It looks like your having a leaf race !
Ice cream gets to be 12 to 14 feet
Gold fingers get to be 9 to 10 feet
So you might be right on par.. Ya need to handicap the Gold Finger
Plants look great by the way
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Does your ice cream have pink on the edges of the leaves and the midrib? Is this a true ice cream?
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Yes, same fertilizer. The mulch is cypress and new to the banana plants today.

Trebor, I really thought the more expensive plant would catch the cheaper plant since it was bigger to start with than the cheaper TC that planted first. Your right though a handicap would be in order. Say one leaf? Thanks for the compliment.


Mm4birds, I wish I could say it is a true Ice Cream but only time will answer that question. Yes it does have pink around the leaf and midrib but so does my apple banana plant. The two could be twins. Hopefully next year I can answer that question.
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It's a bit unfair to make a comparison with only two plants and of different varieties. You really need more plants in the study and of the same variety. Still, worth mentioning. Thanks for your observations! --Rob
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Trebor, I really thought the more expensive plant would catch the cheaper plant since it was bigger to start with than the cheaper TC that planted first.
TC plants typically fruit a smidgeon earlier than traditional propagules. This is thought to be the result of always having an intact root system whereas corms have had theirs seriously damaged.

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