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Old 10-17-2012, 11:14 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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Oh for sure it would be hard and/or expensive but I really just want to ask him some questions.
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Old 10-18-2012, 02:25 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I really hate to say this..... count me in for $50.

Where is Gabe with some TC Fehi?
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Oh for sure it would be hard and/or expensive but I really just want to ask him some questions.
I was thinking more of the issues which make it illegal for most people in Hawaii, outside of certified nurseries to mail plants & produce, because of disease issues such as bunchy top or soil pests that aren't on the mainland. I've met him briefly but don't have his contact info. The person who told me I should contact him for banana info suggested finding him on youtube, so I'm just passing on the suggestion. I would love to see Fe'i types getting TC'd and sold on the mainland, and here in Hawaii. I've seen one type for sale ever here, and I bought it! And have never tasted one, but some day...
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I personally know of two people who have tried growing Karat here in the states(mainland), both in good zones, both failed. Gabe has told me that he even had trouble growing a certain Fei in HI. One friend still has some of the high carotenoid variety that came with the Karat tc's and some others from Pohnpei before Lois passed. Seems they are on lock down these days.

That said if the Karat get tc'd here count me in.
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Is it possible to ship small Frags...........for a Tissue propagation...........???
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I dont know the extreme East.............of the Distribution range of Fei Bananas..............

French Polynesia seems to be on of the places in the limit...........

Maybe Marquises...........???

I dont know if there is a Fei Bananas in the Easter Island...............

Im trying to found some information..............

Also Im tracking a possible spot in Central or South America...............where Polynesians arrived......................in the past...........

Such Olmecs Area...................if I found Fei banana in these places..........

Its possible perhaps...............???

This is a good Article about Polynesian Plants...............but Im surprise that I cannot find information on Bananas here..................

http://www.polynesian-prehistory.com/
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I dont know the extreme East.............of the Distribution range of Fei Bananas..............

French Polynesia seems to be on of the places in the limit...........

Maybe Marquises...........???

I dont know if there is a Fei Bananas in the Easter Island...............

Im trying to found some information..............

Also Im tracking a possible spot in Central or South America...............where Polynesians arrived......................in the past...........

Such Olmecs Area...................if I found Fei banana in these places..........

Its possible perhaps...............???

This is a good Article about Polynesian Plants...............but Im surprise that I cannot find information on Bananas here..................

http://www.polynesian-prehistory.com/
William Lessard grew them for a while in Homestead, he had them in his catalog in the early nineties. Not sure how successfully as these were not on my radar when I last spoke with Bill in 1994.

I still have a copy (somewhere) of Bill Lessard's Going Bananas catalog....with Fehi in it..imagine buying a Fehi domestically these days:-)

Lessard had traveled the globe accumulating over 100 different species planted on 5 acres in Homestead, Fl.

This article references the sale of Going Bananas to Don & Katie; but only mentions 35 banana varieties:
Going Bananas grows bananas - Miami Food and Drink | Examiner.com


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Learning from Lessard

The Chafins bought their property in 1994. Also that year they purchased most of the banana stock – some 35 varieties – from William O. Lessard, a nearby grower who was retiring. Lessard had been growing bananas in a converted squash field he purchased in 1968.

Lessard and his wife, Suzie, were among the first vendors to participate in the Coral Gables Farmers Market, which began in 1991. That’s where I met them. My yard still has banana trees I bought from them.

In 1992, Lessard wrote and self-published a 119-page book, The Complete Book of Bananas, that is still one of the best available books on bananas. It’s now out of print, but Amazon.com and bookfinder.com sometimes offer it. The supply always was limited, and today it is very expensive. Lessard says that he intends to update and reprint it.


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Old 10-22-2012, 05:19 AM   #30 (permalink)
 
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Nice............and TNX for the Book reference....................

Im thinking now about Micropropagation....................

Does anyone is working with Tissue Culture on Fehi.........???

Brings Fehi to the world............is a kind of work for a Tissue Culturist...............

Im planning o sudy the subject.................to work with 1000 fingers..........

Also ship small desinfected Frags..............could be easier..........

???
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what areas of the world are these native to and what would be the best places to possible find them. a guy at work lives in the vietnam/cambodia area and goes back home once a year. he offered to mail me back anything I wanted that he could find there...if there is a fehi to be found in that region im in there
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:36 AM   #32 (permalink)
 
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Karat variety of Fehi................is founded in Pohnpei Islands...........Micronesia.................


There are many diferent cultivares of Fehi.....................

The most intresting is Karat................the one I post the links with photos..............
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I recieved an intresting e-mail today :

Dear Yuri,



Thanks for your message.

Karat is not available from our Musa germplasm collection; a number of other Fei varieties are though, which you can see here:

Welcome to MGIS

If you would be interested in any of these varieties, you can order them directly online, by clicking the basket icon on the right.



With best regards,

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In this article one can see a Table with each variety named..............as well as the Carotenoid content of each one...............

http://islandfood.org/publications/bulletin.pdf
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I might be happier for you than you are when you finally find one of these Yuri I know your puttin in work for it.. count me in for the first pup when you get one of them growing
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How come there isn't any reference in the wiki on this banana? :^)
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well I wasn't going to let this info slip through my hands. a new girls just started with my wife at work. very nice girl and she tells me she is from micronesa, said she comes from bikini island. once she is there for a little while I am going to ask her about a Fi banana just for you Yuri see what I can get my hands on.
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Nice..............thank you..................
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How come there isn't any reference in the wiki on this banana? :^)
Because the few people on the mainland who are or have tried growing them don't want anyone to know.
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If I can manage to get ahold of one I am going to make an attempt to get it into tissue culture ASAP for the ones on the mainland who do want to try it. kinda like a johnny apple seed mission
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