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Old 04-23-2017, 10:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A field ready Florida takes about 4 months to bloom and harvest is 25 to 28 days later.

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Old 04-23-2017, 12:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Thats a beautiful plant! what is it?
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Nice looking banana!
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More info on this please? Very cool looking! What type of fruit does it produce and how cold hardy is it?
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More info please!
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It appears to be an AA cultivar. It grows fast and has a short fruiting cycle.

Still haven't gotten an Emerald Florida but would expect the all green version to do better.

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The color is stunning on this one though. I would love to have one just for the contrast, where can I get one? I tried to do some research on these but couldn't find much about them. if you know where we can get ahold of one I would be interested. Also like to know how cold sensitive it is and how the fruit tastes. thanks!
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Do you have a photo of the male bud?
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Still haven't gotten an Emerald Florida but would expect the all green version to do better.


How short is the fruiting cycle? Shorter than a Veinte Cohol?
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Just saw the original post "4 months to bloom and harvest is 25 to 28 days later." Oops!

I want one!
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Just saw the original post "4 months to bloom and harvest is 25 to 28 days later." Oops!

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Bumping this again because I'd really like to know how to get a hold of one of these!
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Difficult to believe... That's about how long it takes to grow tomatoes... In places where they grow well, like, not Florida.
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It's common from some folks only to view growing bananas from their skill set and growing conditions, but most bananas plants can be grown quickly.

There's a thread on flowering an AAB Huamoa which is a much larger plant and produces a giant bunch in about five months, maybe it was a little less, but regardless and photos were posted on a regular basis throughout the entire process. And it was grown in a pot which really helps speed things up a lot.



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There is a thread, I'll bump it.

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We had a couple good frosts this year along with no rain since the hurricane. Everybody's bananas around here look terrible. How nice it would be to have regular rains and no cold nights in winter to stress my bananas.
I should start a gofundme to move to Kauai...
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Thanks, looks like an eBay find. I can't seem to find any in the us though. Only from Thailand. Perhaps you can give me the sellers eBay name? Feel free to pm if posting it is against some rule.
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Most of my photos are on another computer but the photo from this thread is accurate.

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The fruits had ripen and been munched by squirrels as we speak, but i'm having problems with my camera. I'll try to salvage what I can. It does not look like a variety that has great shelf life though.

Yes, this is the first time that this variety had successfully fruited for me. The fruits are not seedy. I am aware that there are sellers on eBay selling seeds that even have photos of variegated seedlings to prove their claims, but I can find none on mine.

Here are photos of 2 other plants that did not quite make it (seems like trimming is mandatory to get the fruits successfully developed).



One of my contacts had sent a better photo of a fruiting bunch that came from a (seemingly defunct) website of a local nursery that had them a while back. I don't think that I can post it here since I don't even know the owners of the photo, but I would be glad to send them through email.

The fruits from that photo and the ones I have look very similar to all those Ae Ae/Florida that are advertised by Thai nurseries (atgtree.com, kingadenium.com, bkinterplants etc), which looks different from the fruits of Ae Ae in the States.

p/s: can anybody help me source an Ae Ae pup?
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Thanks, looks like an eBay find. I can't seem to find any in the us though. Only from Thailand. Perhaps you can give me the sellers eBay name? Feel free to pm if posting it is against some rule.
They are on eBay all the time. Just keep watching. They are one of the most popular variegated bananas on eBay. Not a rare banana at all. I got mine from this seller so I can verify they are a great seller. They are from Puerto Rico and send huge corms but they send them bare root. They have other variegated varities also. 100% positive feedback and ship fast!

I bought my Musa Florida for $60 shipped. They normally rage from $50-$100.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/182488539921

Also this seller I have dealt with several times and is a great seller. You would have to verify with PR Giants but I'm pretty sure it's where he got his Musa Florida, Musa Dwarf Namwa, and maybe others. He also ships the plant in soil in a pot! He doesn't even cut the pstem to ship like others do he ships the entire plant UNCUT with all leaves intact. Can't beat that! Also that costs more to ship from him to you, so you can figure that extra expense into the price. The first plant I got from him 2 years ago or so was overwatered. He has corrected this and the last 2 were in perfect condition. I know of 2 friends who's also arrived in excellent condition!

This is a Big one! See the XXL 4 Footer in the title! He sends this whole 4' plant. Not a single leaf cut off. You may end up getting fruit in 3 months! He sells smaller ones for less.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/332144600258

Hope this helps you guys find one! Feel free to pm me I can explain details or send pictures of how they arrived, etc.
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