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Old 10-11-2015, 02:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Here is another variegated banana that i have that is doing well. It was purchased from TYTY nursery as "Chima Meta Chimera"....several of the knowledgeable members of several banana sites have chimed in and believe it is probably a variegated Balbisiana....We will see when it sets its fruit, but in the meantime it has done very well for me and it will need to be re potted immediately (or i may possibly put this one in the ground)...its over 10' tall and not in a suitable pot, yet it continues to grow....

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Old 10-11-2015, 06:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I have never "met" anyone who purchased from TyTy; I have read many complaints. Do keep up posted on the progress.
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it wasn't purchased from TyTy...i would never have purchased from them . it was purchased from a nursery called Andrews Gardens....package then arrived with a shipping label indicating that the plant was shipped from TyTy
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Wherever it's from, you got lucky and got one coll looking banana.

Now, does it pup prolifically? Is the variegation stable? Is it easier to grow than the AeAe?
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I'm getting ready to put it in the ground this weekend. I think then it will reach itrs full potential and maybe i'll see some pups, Variegation on the leaves is as stable as can be. The stripes occur on all of the leaves from top to bottom. All i know is that it likes direct sun and loves whatever i am feeding my brugmansias....Looking forward to getting her in the ground this weekend
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I'm almost positive that what you have is a Tanee. I don't like how the leaves tend to curl at the edges. Otherwise it would be a nice plant. I have purchased several directly from Thailand where they are quite common. They are hard to kill, but pups grow very slowly. TyTy looks overpriced unless they are shipping large, established plants.

I'm thinking of getting a Carolina King and Texas Star from them to try up here in zone 7B/8A along side my Cali. Gold to see if any of them are as cold hardy as they claim, but TyTy seems dodgy to me. What do you think?
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I'm almost positive that what you have is a Tanee. I don't like how the leaves tend to curl at the edges. Otherwise it would be a nice plant. I have purchased several directly from Thailand where they are quite common. They are hard to kill, but pups grow very slowly. TyTy looks overpriced unless they are shipping large, established plants.

I'm thinking of getting a Carolina King and Texas Star from them to try up here in zone 7B/8A along side my Cali. Gold to see if any of them are as cold hardy as they claim, but TyTy seems dodgy to me. What do you think?
If I recall correctly, Gabe said several years ago that my Variegated Tanee is probably Balbisiana. My pups grow well. Our winter was fairly mild so I'm hoping that my mother plant fruits this year.

I've got a large one (maybe 6' in a pot) available for purchase at a modest price if someone can pick it up locally (lower Sacramento County).
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I'm almost positive that what you have is a Tanee. I don't like how the leaves tend to curl at the edges. Otherwise it would be a nice plant. I have purchased several directly from Thailand where they are quite common. They are hard to kill, but pups grow very slowly. TyTy looks overpriced unless they are shipping large, established plants.

I'm thinking of getting a Carolina King and Texas Star from them to try up here in zone 7B/8A along side my Cali. Gold to see if any of them are as cold hardy as they claim, but TyTy seems dodgy to me. What do you think?
That nursery is reaaaaaaally dodgy. You can order those, but you'll never be sure what you actually got.
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Hey Guys

A little confused up north here..

Are these plants that hard to tell apart when they are smaller and not have fruited.
I have a two year old container grown Tanee/Poser which has curled leaves also.

I thought it was a plant issue however there are three of us in this thread whom have curled leaves.....is this a characteristic of a variegated Balbisiana also.?


Xeriscapes photo has curled edges too.

I do not have anything to compare to.....hmmmm?

I do have a Balbisiana cross but the leaves are not curled.



I can take photos if anyone wants to compare side by side of striations and such.
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Hey Guys

A little confused up north here..

Are these plants that hard to tell apart when they are smaller and not have fruited.
I have a two year old container grown Tanee/Poser which has curled leaves also.

I thought it was a plant issue however there are three of us in this thread whom have curled leaves.....is this a characteristic of a variegated Balbisiana also.?


Xeriscapes photo has curled edges too.

I do not have anything to compare to.....hmmmm?

I do have a Balbisiana cross but the leaves are not curled.



I can take photos if anyone wants to compare side by side of striations and such.
You can't tell the difference because they are not different. 'Chima Meta Chimera' and 'TaNee' are both the same variegated sport of Balbisiana. Some sellers tend to make up different names to create the false appearance of exclusivity. I'm not sure why the curled leaf edges are less prominent in the normal strains of Balbisiana. 'Thai Black' is a similar sport of Balbisiana with the curled leaf edges as well, but without the Chimera/albino Variegation. The black accents in the Petioles and pseudo-stem are present in TaNee as well, just not as much so. Here is an interresting post about the origins of TaNee.

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You can't tell the difference because they are not different. 'Chima Meta Chimera' and 'TaNee' are both the same variegated sport of Balbisiana. Some sellers tend to make up different names to create the false appearance of exclusivity. I'm not sure why the curled leaf edges are less prominent in the normal strains of Balbisiana. 'Thai Black' is a similar sport of Balbisiana with the curled leaf edges as well, but without the Chimera/albino Variegation. The black accents in the Petioles and pseudo-stem are present in TaNee as well, just not as much so. Here is an interresting post about the origins of TaNee.

The Ghost of Kluay Tanee - from a 150 year old Ancient Thai Script

Thank you so very much for the answer.
This is much clearer now.


I had actually read Togs post a while ago and had not made the connection.

I went out to look at the plant ........and guess what, it's exactly as you said it was.
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