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Old 05-19-2012, 11:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Home Depot $11.88 Cardaba Purchase Or NOT? LOL

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Seems like I've gone banana crazy....LOL
Stopped by my local Home Depot and found these Cardaba Banana's there so I bought a couple @$11.88 ea.

Reading from tag Cold Hardy to 10 degrees.

Any help on how to plant and where tag reads part sun...Don't want to over cook it lol if it can't take the heat and humidy of down here in South Louisiana near Lizard Creek.

Again any info would be truly appreciated here are a couple of pictures of them. Now they have pups....should I remove them befor planting or wait.

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Old 05-19-2012, 12:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hummmmm Look's like I screwed up pictures to lol
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Looks as though you got a pretty good deal. Don't sweat the pics, there okay.
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Forgot to mention that they are pretty easy to separate while still young like that. You can pull them out of the pot and get a sharp knife or shovel and just cut through the corm. Just try your best to get some corm on each plant. And then you'll have a whole slew of plants before you know it.
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Good buy, when seperating also get some root on the pup as this will help much to get it started. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Good buy, when seperating also get some root on the pup as this will help much to get it started. Good luck and keep us posted.
Coolio So I seperate them now eh?

Then simply plant the pups in pots?
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Repotting might be a good idea now so the plant can grow a bit larger and give the pup some time to grow good roots. Watch the plant and check to make sure it isn't getting root bound. Easy to do, just remove the plant from pot and see if the roots are circling around the pot. We are a bit rough with the plant roots but haven't had any severe problems. When repotting we untangle the roots as best as possible and using good compost and other composted tree bark and leaves give them a larger condo to move into(bigger pot). Most of the time they love it and in a very short will start to show their growth. As with life, patience and discipline pays off in hearts. Have fun.
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The two potted plants in the pictures are not Cardaba bananas. They look like Dwarf Cavendish. Cardaba has closed petioles that are long and those plants have open petioles that are short.
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The two potted plants in the pictures are not Cardaba bananas. They look like Dwarf Cavendish. Cardaba has closed petioles that are long and those plants have open petioles that are short.
Wow good catch Mark!
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They never really seem to sell anything other then Cavendishes.
I would not seperate that pup for a while. Just repot it for now.
I wish they'd sell more here, anyone seen bananas at target?? (Target is coming to my area nest year.
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The two potted plants in the pictures are not Cardaba bananas. They look like Dwarf Cavendish. Cardaba has closed petioles that are long and those plants have open petioles that are short.

What?????? You guy's mean the tag's on them are wrong?
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I would not seperate that pup for a while. Just repot it for now.
I wish they'd sell more here, anyone seen bananas at target?? (Target is coming to my area nest year.

I was planning on planting them in the ground......Not repotting...
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I was planning on planting them in the ground......Not repotting...
even better! the experts here always know by the leaves and colors and so on. but if I hadn't been told id live my life thinking it was what the tag says. I would be so pissed if this happened to me!
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The two potted plants in the pictures are not Cardaba bananas. They look like Dwarf Cavendish. Cardaba has closed petioles that are long and those plants have open petioles that are short.
I was thinking the same thing. I have bought 2 cardabas from 2 different sources and both look the same as each other (and very different from your pics). I'm not certain mine are actually cardaba, but they seem to match the description. They are not dwarfs, like the ones you bought seem to be. The underside of the leaves and pseudostem have a bluish appearance in certain lighting and have a lot of waxy/white coating.

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The same thing happened to me when I was sold two plants labeled "Ice Cream." They were mislabeled, and instead I have two unidentified plants. It's pretty common for this to happen at big box stores and even some smaller nurseries, and in most cases it's likely not their fault. It's probably a better idea to not buy banana plants from large stores like Home Depot and Lowe's and instead buy them from smaller, more specialized nurseries.
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A couple closeups.

Maybe hard to tell in this photo, but the underside of the leaf has a bluish/white color


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Well crapola will they survive the winter down here in south Louisiana?

Hey wait a minute no foul I guess lol

Got a one year no matter what guarantee

So..... What would you guys suggest
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The same thing happened to me when I was sold two plants labeled "Ice Cream." They were mislabeled, and instead I have two unidentified plants. It's pretty common for this to happen at big box stores and even some smaller nurseries, and in most cases it's likely not their fault. It's probably a better idea to not buy banana plants from large stores like Home Depot and Lowe's and instead buy them from smaller, more specialized nurseries.
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Hey wait a minute no foul I guess lol

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DC has some cold hardiness, but it will suffer through the winter. Even if it dies to the ground, it will probably still come up again in the spring. You could try to overwinter it. The good news is it won't get very tall like the actual Cardaba.
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