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Old 09-19-2007, 03:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Question African Rhino Horn


I am very interested in this plant!

Is there anyone who is familiar with it?
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interesting plant but have found very little.
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Old 09-19-2007, 03:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't know much about them but if you are looking for one...

www.going-bananas.com

also (if you haven't checked already) you might do a search in the banana wiki for it and see what you come up with
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Old 09-21-2007, 11:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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I have an African Rhino horn. But I have only had it about 2 weeks, so I cannot be much help. I'd be happy to update you as it grows. It will winter in a greenhouse here. I should see some growth, but not a huge amount until next spring/summer.
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Old 09-21-2007, 05:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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Thank you very much.

please do!
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I have had one bunch, but plant was weak and they did not survive to ripening. Seem more old sensitive than the green ones. Pix at http://webebananas.com Will probably have another flower next season, Pups break the soil but to not grow until after flowering, and then there are dozens.
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http://www.bananas.org/wiki/Musa_African_Rhino_Horn
Feel free to add to the page you guys...
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Old 09-23-2007, 10:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The only comment I have about this plant....there is one pic (from Bill Lessard's book)..that appears all over the web...sorta reminiscent of the Burmese Blue pic..someone somewhere got a good raceme...but everyone else....
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I guess I'll have to be a rebel and order one!
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In conversation with Don Chafin, he has mentioned that these are particularly susceptible to nematodes...which (correct me if I am wrong) is not a problem in CA...so good luck!!
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I ordered 3 bananas from GreenEarth and received them about a week ago. The Ice Cream and MySore have put out new leaves. The African Rhino has not yet. It still looks ok, though, but the leaves are a little beat from the shipping. I'll continue to update.
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Old 09-25-2007, 02:44 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Default Re: African Rhino Horn

This is the only true horn plantain I have seen in the USA that is easily available. Like most horn plantains, it makes one hand of very large fruit and lacks a male bud, once it sets out the one and only hand of female flowers, the bud terminates (or rather is never really made, but in any case it is completely absent).
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I was at Don's places yesterday( Going Bananas) and I purchased a African Rhino Horn from him. I was told they are more prone to nematodes than some of the other variaties.
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I ordered 72 of them from Agristarts. They do pretty well in the greenhouse with 75% surviving after a few months. Some have gotten pretty big. Outside even in South Texas, they haven't done so well. They seem too fragile.
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Old 09-27-2007, 08:15 PM   #14 (permalink)
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There are definitely better bananas to grow,.........
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Old 09-28-2007, 03:44 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I would agree there is probly better bananas to grow but not as interresting as the African Rhino Horn.
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I grew them for five or so years before I lost the mat. They are definately a challenge with pests and wind. They were definately worth the unusual fruit they produced. I 'd like to try them again.
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Old 10-01-2007, 04:59 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Ok I was talking to a friend of mine at work she grew up in Delray beach FL. Does any one know or heard of a banana that tast like a pineapple? She told me that there used to be some from a tree in her gandpaps yard.
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Pisang Raja is reported to have a pineapple aftertaste.
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thanks a lot. Now I,m going to look for it. I'm sure some one has it for sale.
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thanks a lot. Now I,m going to look for it. I'm sure some one has it for sale.
Going Bananas has it and stokes has Belle. Belle is a sport of Pisang Raja, here's the links:
http://www.going-bananas.com/catalog.htm
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