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Old 09-30-2014, 03:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I was thinking of taking a trip down there one of these weekends.
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Old 09-30-2014, 03:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I got my Mona Lisa, Sweetheart, and SH3640 from there, and several others previously.. :^)
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Old 09-30-2014, 05:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Yes, it is definitely THE PLACE to go for buying banana plants in South Florida.
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Don is the Don when it come to bananas.

Search the site for reviews and visits, some with photos.
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Great people who also know know what they are doing! Lots of people I know has bought from them and will buy from them again! My self included
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I purchased a veinte cohol, a blue java and a dwarf Cavendish all arrived in good shape and are doing well the veinte cohol was a little slow starting out but growing like wild fire now great place to buy plant delights in realigh nc is also good with the botanical garden at juiniper level on site neat place I purchased 2 nice Helen,s hybrid from them
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its a great place to try different kinds of bananas also. I got my saba, fhia 17, Mysore sport (all green morph from tissue culture), and a mahoi.
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I have had excellent results purchasing plants from Going Bananas - both from his online site (Welcome to Going Bananas of Homestead, Florida!) and when he visits tropical plant sales in Marathon & Key West! Don also has a banana fertilizer mix in 10 lb. bags.

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Yeah, okay, my experience with GB is mixed. Yes, I visited Don in Homestead to select several banana varieties and they have become a valued part of our edible landscape. Don is a pretty great guy. However, our second purchase was less positive. Two of the five plants purchased died, one had unknown disease the other had a worm infestation. Sure Don agreed to replace the dead plants, BUT the replacement species were not the same species we had originally purchased AND we had to pay too much in S&H to replace plants which should never have been sold in the first place. While there we learned that the items sold were all tissue cultures whereas we believed them to be pups. Maybe today Don sells pups but at that time, it was all TC. Finally, "Round Up" is used on the property which is a problem for us, but maybe others could care less about this. End result: why should we pay a premium for TC plants when we can get TC plants cheaper from somewhere else? I hope our experience with GB was unique and that your experience will be smooth and positive. I also wish GB lots of continued success. But, if you want the whole picture, this is part of it. Yes, if possible you should inspect the plants prior to purchase. Further, if going all the way to Homestead, be sure to visit 1) Fruit and Spice Park and 2) Pine Island Nursery.
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Yeah, okay, my experience with GB is mixed. Yes, I visited Don in Homestead to select several banana varieties and they have become a valued part of our edible landscape. Don is a pretty great guy. However, our second purchase was less positive. Two of the five plants purchased died, one had unknown disease the other had a worm infestation. Sure Don agreed to replace the dead plants, BUT the replacement species were not the same species we had originally purchased AND we had to pay too much in S&H to replace plants which should never have been sold in the first place. While there we learned that the items sold were all tissue cultures whereas we believed them to be pups. Maybe today Don sells pups but at that time, it was all TC. Finally, "Round Up" is used on the property which is a problem for us, but maybe others could care less about this. End result: why should we pay a premium for TC plants when we can get TC plants cheaper from somewhere else? I hope our experience with GB was unique and that your experience will be smooth and positive. I also wish GB lots of continued success. But, if you want the whole picture, this is part of it. Yes, if possible you should inspect the plants prior to purchase. Further, if going all the way to Homestead, be sure to visit 1) Fruit and Spice Park and 2) Pine Island Nursery.
I have purchased about 15 plants from pine island and never had a problem with them at all I love their plants and service. If you are looking to buy in the south florida area, I have had nothing but great things to say about pine island Nursery just my 2 cents worth as a fruit tree buyer.Thank-you
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When in the area....this is a Destination place for me...
Good people, good service, good selection.

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