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Old 10-17-2013, 10:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Question FHIA-18 vs Manzano

Greetings. I was wondering if anyone could help compare and contrast Manzano and FHIA-18. The only thing I found was that FHIA-18 was a bit more hardy, but otherwise very similar.

There is an upcoming plant show where Going-Bananas will be present. I'm trying to reserve a few varieties ahead of time and I'm having a hard time deciding between these two. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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Default Re: FHIA-18 vs Manzano

I wouldn't say they are all that similar. The fruit of both have some tartness, but that's about it for similarities. Manzano is a taller, more slender plant, with a smaller bunch. FHIA-18 has droopier leaves. Manzano fruit are essentially inedible until very ripe, at which point the can be excellent, or not. If I could only grow one of those two, I'd choose FHIA-18, but I'm growing both for now.
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I wouldn't say they are all that similar. The fruit of both have some tartness, but that's about it for similarities. Manzano is a taller, more slender plant, with a smaller bunch. FHIA-18 has droopier leaves. Manzano fruit are essentially inedible until very ripe, at which point the can be excellent, or not. If I could only grow one of those two, I'd choose FHIA-18, but I'm growing both for now.
Good info, thanks!
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compare and contrast Manzano and FHIA-18. The only thing I found was that FHIA-18
FHIA-18 is most similar to a brazilian type of banana, it taste very good and is hardy. It resists most diseases. Manzano is a banana that taste fantastic when very ripe, but has some issues with disease.

Yields with FHIA-18 are going to be much higher than manzano.
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