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royy13 03-23-2019 09:47 AM

Help me choose
 
I searched many threads and canít seem to find an answer to what I am asking. What I am looking for is a variety that has a thick trunk and grows tall quickly. Iím looking for 8-10 feet in the first year. I donít care about fruit since I am growing this up north for landscape purposes. It will be pulled each season and stored in my garage. The more cold hardy the better, but it doesnít have to be.

Any suggestions on what variety, and where I might be able to buy it, would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Roy

Iowa 03-23-2019 03:41 PM

Re: Help me choose
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by royy13 (Post 322545)
I searched many threads and can’t seem to find an answer to what I am asking. What I am looking for is a variety that has a thick trunk and grows tall quickly. I’m looking for 8-10 feet in the first year. I don’t care about fruit since I am growing this up north for landscape purposes. It will be pulled each season and stored in my garage. The more cold hardy the better, but it doesn’t have to be.

Any suggestions on what variety, and where I might be able to buy it, would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Roy

If you don't care about fruit a Basjoo may work and you would not have to dig it up. You just mulch it heavy and cover it for the winter. Where are you located?

SoFloBanana 03-23-2019 04:33 PM

Re: Help me choose
 
It doesn't get quite as tall as you'd like (about 7 ft vs 8-10 ft) and I'm not sure about the trunk thickness but you may look into Musa velutina (hot pink banana). It's fairly cold hardy (not as hardy as the Basjoo, though), has pretty pink fruit, and does well in containers. It also flowers at a relatively young age. The fruit is edible but it's typically grown as an ornamental.

If your criteria is strict, please ignore this suggestion.

hdynad 03-23-2019 08:21 PM

Re: Help me choose
 
Blue Java! It gave me 8 foot last grow season!

happy growing,

Darla

pitangadiego 03-24-2019 07:02 PM

Re: Help me choose
 
Thick trunk, think Saba, FHIA-18, Orinocco, Sweetheart

cincinnana 03-27-2019 04:52 AM

Re: Help me choose
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by royy13 (Post 322545)
I searched many threads and can’t seem to find an answer to what I am asking. What I am looking for is a variety that has a thick trunk and grows tall quickly. I’m looking for 8-10 feet in the first year. I don’t care about fruit since I am growing this up north for landscape purposes. It will be pulled each season and stored in my garage. The more cold hardy the better, but it doesn’t have to be.

Any suggestions on what variety, and where I might be able to buy it, would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Roy

Musa Basjoo for northern zones.
The plant is used like a tropical perennial.
The plant can be found here in the forums or on the internet.
Planted in a zig zag pattern this plant will create a tropical barrier in a couple years.

The plant reproduces freely and reaches 20+ feet with leaves.
Only mature plants will reach the size you want in the first year.

The plants mentioned in previous posts will give you very big thick vigorous plants.
These plants will work for that landscaping project too adding the look you want.
The only down side will be moving these telephone pole sized plants indoors in the winter.


Mature Basjoos

royy13 03-31-2019 08:54 PM

Re: Help me choose
 
Thanks to all that replied.


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