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Old 05-23-2018, 05:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Today I received 3 new banana plants. I had ordered a Musa Dwarf Orinoco, Musa Dwarf Namwah and a Musa Ice cream.

The Dwarf Orinoco and Dwarf Namwah made it in one piece, but unfortunately the pseudostem of the Ice cream got damaged during shipping. I really didn't want to cut off the top of the plant, but I don't think there was any other option. It was a shame, because the leaves appeared to be in such a good state.



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Nice! Hopefully they grow well for you. Those seem like very big plants to ship.

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Yeah I was surprised how big they were when they arrived, I was expecting them to be no bigger than the Dwarf Orinoco was. In the picture I had already repotted the Dwarf Orinoco, it arrived in a really small container that was almost completely squashed during shipping.

The centre of the ice cream's pseudostem has already grown about 2.5 cm (or about an inch) since I cut it yesterday. I was surprised at how quickly it has started to protrude, I can almost watch it as it grows

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Your dog looks like he is waiting for the bananas to pop up.

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Left to right: Musa Dwarf Orinoco, Musa Ice Cream, Musa Dwarf Namwah
I don't think you got the real deal blue java. I think it is actually a musa popsicle. somebody needs to report [repot?] me.

sorry you had to go thru all that, but you will be fine.

SO what are the nanners in the background??? look like nanners.
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You got some nice varieties there, will these be grown in a greenhouse and what do you plan to do with them, in the winter months.
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I don't think you got the real deal blue java. I think it is actually a musa popsicle. somebody needs to report [repot?] me.

sorry you had to go thru all that, but you will be fine.

SO what are the nanners in the background??? look like nanners.
Haha well spotted
Yeah 3 of them are Musa Basjoo, and 1 is a super Dwarf Cavendish pup that I transplanted last week.
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You got some nice varieties there, will these be grown in a greenhouse and what do you plan to do with them, in the winter months.
I'm going to try and grow them in large containers outside, during summer and them overwinter them indoors. I do have access to a family members greenhouse, so if the British summer doesn't go quite to plan i'll probably move them there. I mostly wanted to get some dwarf fruiting varieties, but then I saw the Ice Cream and just had to order it too.
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I'm going to try and grow them in large containers outside, during summer and them overwinter them indoors. I do have access to a family members greenhouse, so if the British summer doesn't go quite to plan i'll probably move them there. I mostly wanted to get some dwarf fruiting varieties, but then I saw the Ice Cream and just had to order it too.
Ice cream, dwarf namwah and Cavendish varieties will not grow outside in our cool summers Peter, they will just sit there and sulk, they will need a greenhouse.


Dwarf Orinoco can be kept outside as a bedding plant.
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Dwarf Orinoco can be kept outside as a bedding plant.
Yeah I was afraid that would be the case. I'll give them a couple of weeks of being outside in the day and inside overnight and see how they cope. What varieties have you managed to grow outside in our climate?
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Dwarf Orinoco can be kept outside as a bedding plant.


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A very good advice from an experienced grower and a long time forum member that lives in UK!.......Please, if you don't mind, can you post it from where did you acquired your Nana plants?.....Thank you in advance!.....



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A very good advice from an experienced grower and a long time forum member that lives in UK!.......Please, if you don't mind, can you post it from where did you acquired your Nana plants?.....Thank you in advance!.....



Yeah it is great advice. I bought these three plants from a German store: Bananenstauden.
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Yeah I was afraid that would be the case. I'll give them a couple of weeks of being outside in the day and inside overnight and see how they cope. What varieties have you managed to grow outside in our climate?
I have tried to grow a lot of varieties outside over the years, for edible musa, that you would like to grow as bedding plants the list is

Musa Rajapuri

Musa Saba

Musa dwarf Orinoco

Musa praying hands

Musa Manzano

For seeded musa varieties

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Today I received 3 new banana plants. I had ordered a Musa Dwarf Orinoco, Musa Dwarf Namwah and a Musa Ice cream.

The Dwarf Orinoco and Dwarf Namwah made it in one piece, but unfortunately the pseudostem of the Ice cream got damaged during shipping. I really didn't want to cut off the top of the plant, but I don't think there was any other option. It was a shame, because the leaves appeared to be in such a good state.



Here is a close up of the damaged pseudostem on the Musa Ice Cream:



Here is a picture of all 3 together, after chopping the top of the ice cream off:


Left to right: Musa Dwarf Orinoco, Musa Ice Cream, Musa Dwarf Namwah
Due to size many plants are shipped just a corm or cut to fit the box.. your good!!
I have sent few out that are just a ball of banana joy..

Your plants look great ...they should do well for you.
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Today I received 3 new banana plants. I had ordered a Musa Dwarf Orinoco, Musa Dwarf Namwah and a Musa Ice cream.

The Dwarf Orinoco and Dwarf Namwah made it in one piece, but unfortunately the pseudostem of the Ice cream got damaged during shipping. I really didn't want to cut off the top of the plant, but I don't think there was any other option. It was a shame, because the leaves appeared to be in such a good state.



Here is a close up of the damaged pseudostem on the Musa Ice Cream:



Here is a picture of all 3 together, after chopping the top of the ice cream off:


Left to right: Musa Dwarf Orinoco, Musa Ice Cream, Musa Dwarf Namwah
Peter it's very nice to see you're still into growing bananas after all these years lol. I myself was just doing some gardening this morning and decided to salvage an old corm that was growing in a long-forgotten pot on the patio for some time. There's just a tiny bit of corm left, and a small banana:



That didn't stop it from putting out a baby! Precocious little thing.



Being the shamelessly lazy gardener I am, I'll just put it into this 26 L pot one time instead of something more appropriate so that I won't have to transplant it for a while. I'm sure it'll start growing furiously in no time and fill the container with roots



Hope your bananas are handling the British winter well!
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