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Old 04-11-2010, 02:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Anyone order from The Banana Tree before? How big are the corms to be expected?
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Old 04-11-2010, 04:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've ordered from them and been to their store.. The corms they send are fairly small but I've had only good expeiences with them as far as good, healthy plants and true to their description etc..
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Old 04-11-2010, 04:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Well that's good to hear. I ordered two a Caradba and a Hua Moa. To bad they are small. It'll be years before I get fruit. just kiddin...I don't think I'll ever get fruit here.
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I never heard of them tell now thanks. Looks like they offer allot of diffrent things.
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I ordered seeds from them years ago, but never bananas.
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Got a big Dwarf Orinoco corm from them like 20 or so years ago . Still growing descendants here in S Fla. This one is guaranteed to fruit in 9 months from a healthy pup. Very cold hardy also. The DO will fruit in the ground in NJ if you plant a big potted pup that overwintered in the house. Probably will have to harvest green cause the 3 to 4 month ripening period is not an option.
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The Banana Tree is a very reputable company. They've been around since 1955. Their website is http://www.banana-tree.com.

I purchased my very first banana corms from them about 20 years ago—a Valery and a Cuban Red Dwarf. I still have descendants of the Valery. The Cuban Red Dwarf died due to frost. Both corms were large, between baseball and softball size.

In the intervening years I have purchased numerous seeds and corms from them, most recently some heliconia corms. One of the corms was slightly damaged and rotted soon after planting since the heliconia are very sensitive to rot. I contacted them and the corm was replaced immediately, at no charge, with the replacement sent via Priority Mail. I would not hesitate to recommend them.

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Got a big Dwarf Orinoco corm from them like 20 or so years ago . Still growing descendants here in S Fla. This one is guaranteed to fruit in 9 months from a healthy pup. Very cold hardy also. The DO will fruit in the ground in NJ if you plant a big potted pup that overwintered in the house. Probably will have to harvest green cause the 3 to 4 month ripening period is not an option.
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The Banana Tree is a very reputable company. They've been around since 1955. Their website is http://www.banana-tree.com.

I purchased my very first banana corms from them about 20 years ago—a Valery and a Cuban Red Dwarf. I still have descendants of the Valery. The Cuban Red Dwarf died due to frost. Both corms were large, between baseball and softball size.

In the intervening years I have purchased numerous seeds and corms from them, most recently some heliconia corms. One of the corms was rotten. I contacted them and the corm was replaced immediately, at no charge, with the replacement sent via Priority Mail. I would not hesitate to recommend them.
I appreciate the confirmation, Zapper.
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I have ordered from The Banana Tree at least 20 times (mostly for seeds). The bananas i've received were small, but have always done well. The biggest, best bananas I ever ordered online have been from Stokes Tropicals. Sadly, their selection has gone WAY down.
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Thanks Velutina, I checked Stokes too.
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Well I got them today. They were a little bigger than I thought.
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Those look like they're a decent size and will do well for ya. Seems that they are healthy and will probably take off in due time with a little care/nurturing.
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Thanks Bryan, there looks like a little pup coming off the Hua Moa. I got them potted for now. They even came with care instructions. I'm satisfied.
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Good luck with the new ones!

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Old 04-15-2010, 05:44 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I've ordered from bananatree.com before.. and my experience was NOT good. They sent me the wrong tree, Bay Leaf seeds that were not viable, and they didn't bother responding to any of my emails.

The worst part of my experience is that I had to wait a whole year to find out if I got the right tree or not(Manzano). It turned out to be some type of plantain.. and it wasn't even as good as a typical grocery store plantain! Cost me a week of work to dig it out and chop it into mulch too.

I'm sorry to say, but I highly doubt that they sent you the plants you ordered. Their reviews on Dave's Watch Garden are largely negative.

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Also, the fact that they are based in a state where bananas do not grow leads me to be skeptical.

I highly recommend Welcome to Going Bananas of Homestead, Florida!

I've visited the farm and know first hand that they have excellent quality plants and excellent customer service. I can't speak from experience as to how well they handle internet orders, but they have 100% positive feedback on Daves Watchdog.

I've said it before... I wish I had found that watchdog site years ago!
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Thanks Mario. I was wondering the same thing myself as they appear the same.
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Mario is correct about Don and Katie,

They offer and deliver quality service and merchandise (Bananas and other fruit trees), with courteous service! They are the place to get excellent plants! Going Bananas!

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