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Old 09-25-2008, 12:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Musa balbisiana 'Black Thai', how tall?

I planted the Black Thai about 2 months ago as a 3 foot tall plant, and now it's about 10 feet tall to leaf tip. It's definatly my fastest grower(besides maybe aurantica), but I'm wondering if it's ever gonna slow down.
Does anybody know how tall it's supposed to get?
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Old 09-25-2008, 12:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Musa balbisiana 'Black Thai', how tall?

Wish I knew the answer. I got mine about 3 weeks ago and wondered how well they take full sun? I am in Las Vegas, so I have been babying it gradually increasing sun exposure. Are you saying 10' to the petiole base. or to the leaf tips?
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Default Re: Musa balbisiana 'Black Thai', how tall?

10 feet tall to leaf tip. Mine is getting almost all day sun and doing great(lots of black), although it is alot more humid here than in Las Vegas.
Although in California in the summer, my balbisianas in pots did just fine in full sun in the 110F heat, and the soil even dried out a bit. My others(Cheesmanii, ornata, sikki red flash, ect) wilted and got fried during the same hot spell until I pulled them into more shade. I'll bet it will be a great plant for Vegas summers.
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Default Re: Musa balbisiana 'Black Thai', how tall?

Here's a picture taken at the same time as the original post. The two pups are now huge, and the leaves still have a slightly upright look to them.
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Default Re: Musa balbisiana 'Black Thai', how tall?

Now THAT is one beautiful banana! I think mine should take growing lessons from yours.
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Joy Re: Musa balbisiana 'Black Thai', how tall?

Kyle, I just called my friend in Bkk and she sells this plant. She had it for years in her nursery. According to her in Bkk, the M balbisiana Thai Black has a p-stem height of 2.5 to 3m. So with a similar clime in Mexico, you should get the same.
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thats an amazing picture! wooww!
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Default Re: Musa balbisiana 'Black Thai', how tall?

That is an awesome picture! I love those wide leaves and the pstem color is out of this world. I'll have to make room for one of those sometime.
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Mine has upright leaves too...interesting trait.
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Default Re: Musa balbisiana 'Black Thai', how tall?

Awesome picture Kyle,it obviously favors your climate mate.Over here the one I've got only managed to put out 3 leaves all summer long.Still looks good though,lol.
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Default Re: Musa balbisiana 'Black Thai', how tall?

Your pups are bigger than my TCd one

Stunning looking plant though.
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Hi Kyle
Just out of curiosity was yours one of Jarreds?or Chawalits?
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Kyle - that is stunning and has generated nana envy world-wide!!
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Just out of curiosity was yours one of Jarreds?or Chawalits?
I missed out on getting one from Jarred, but Brians Botanicals had some nice sized ones (more expensive though).

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I feel so dirty LOL got mine from eBay for $18.95
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:12 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Way to go Kyle, bravo!
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Blood 'ell Kyle,so all that growths from a little tc starter.Makes it an even more impressive plant for me now mate.I thought it might've been a thai import like mine,which was about 3foot high when it arrived(still only 3 foot high now too,lol)
I'l be a happy man indeed if mine looks anywhere near as good as yours come next summer,guess that'll depend on whether we get a proper summer here though,lol
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