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Old 08-11-2009, 02:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Need advise. What banana should I grow?

I would like to know what are the best varieties which I can grow ( SF Bay Area, California) in ground and/or in container ? I am interested only in edible banana and especially the one you can eat raw as fruits /desert.
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Since you are in SF get ones that are hardy like dwarf Brazilian, raja puri and dwarf orinoco.
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Joe Real's Cold Hardy List, from most hardy to least:



California Gold
Thousand Fingers
Monkey Fingers
Orinoco
Brazilian
Golden Rhinohorn
Dwarf Orinoco
Dwarf Brazilian
Misi Luki
Mysore
Namwah
Raja Puri
Manzano
Ice Cream
Gold Finger
Dwarf Namwah
Sweetheart (FHIA 3)
Namwah Pearl
Praying Hands
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Cardaba
Williams
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Thanks, Tony. What about Double Mahoi ?
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The wiki say's zone 8-10.
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I am in zone 9 and Double is so finicky in my area. They would grow a little then the spears would dry out. Then after sometime it would try to grow again but again the cycle repeat itself. I have a hard time growing it. So in the future I'll stay away from it although I like the idea having two clumps of fruit at once. You can try.
I tried at least 23 plants . I am sticking with the ones that are hardy in my area.
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Valerie, belle and Williams did not do too good in my area.
I am still debating on sweetheart. It gives off so many pups I don't know what to do with them. Pretty small though most of them are water suckers.
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So what are the one who do well for you?
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See Joe's list.
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I inspected my bananas yesterday and one of the bananas that is growing real nice is a Double planted on the ground. So I am taking my word back that it is not recommended growing in zone 9. I have about 5 more varieties that is not listed in Joe's list but I did not jot it down.
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I inspected my bananas yesterday and one of the bananas that is growing real nice is a Double planted on the ground. So I am taking my word back that it is not recommended growing in zone 9. I have about 5 more varieties that is not listed in Joe's list but I did not jot it down.
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Joe Real's Cold Hardy List, from most hardy to least:



California Gold
Thousand Fingers
Monkey Fingers
Orinoco
Brazilian
Golden Rhinohorn
Dwarf Orinoco
Dwarf Brazilian
Misi Luki
Mysore
Namwah
Raja Puri
Manzano
Ice Cream
Gold Finger
Dwarf Namwah
Sweetheart (FHIA 3)
Namwah Pearl
Praying Hands
Saba
Cardaba
Williams
Belle
Valery
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some bananas that I have but not listed at Joe's list:
Pisang Klotek
Super dwarf Cavendish
Dwarf Cavendish
gran Nain
Mona Lisa
Kanderian
Dwarf Orinoco
Viente Cohol
Double Mahoi
Lacatan
I have 4 more but lost the tag so I don't know what they are.
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Wow ! You do have a lot. Thanks
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The grow of banana depends upon the kind of soil and setup you have. I recommend to go with a test of the soil first and than go for the grow and find the most suitable one.
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