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Old 07-10-2008, 09:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Helen's hybrid is a fast growing banana!

The center pup was emerged in some time in May and today it is this size.
The left plant was born in the last fall and today this size!
Helen's hybrid is a very fast growing banana, and I am really looking forward
to its blooming and fruiting that very very few people actually experienced.
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Old 07-12-2008, 11:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Helen's hybrid is a fast growing banana!

Super-nice plant you have there! I wish I had mine planted in some better soil. It is still much faster than my Musa sikkimensis 'Red Tiger', but then again, so is every other banana plant I own. Let us know when it blooms. Thanks for the pics.

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Looking forward to all the reports this fall for helens fruit, hopefully someone will get one with edible fruit.
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I thought Helen's hybrid was strictly ornamental?
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Default Re: Helen's hybrid is a fast growing banana!

Thanks everyones for your comments.

Austin, as for the infos of this banana, very very few facts are known and
very vey few people actually harvested its fruits, and it is said that the fruits
taste sweet although there are lots of small seeds.
In addition its pollination behavior has not been clear if it is self-pollinated or not.

That is why I am looking forward to its bloom!
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I thought Helen's hybrid was strictly ornamental?
It is a cold hardy banana crossed with an edible diploid. If the seeds are f1(first generation), then there is some chance of some edibles coming from the cross, but if it's an f2(second generation) then less of a chance if the f2 is a seeded plant.
I think that these f1 and f2 terms apply to Musa but I'm not sure, but an any rate I hope you get what I'm trying to say.
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