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Old 06-11-2019, 01:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Looking for a short ornamental Musa with thich textured, wide leaves. Any suggested cultivars?
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Old 06-11-2019, 01:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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dwarf red for one
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Any dwarf or super dwarf variety plant will work.
All have wide green leaves.

My favorite is Truly Tiny.
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how about Ensete maurelli? Not exactly a musa, nor a dwarf, but for a year or two can be spectacular, then chop it down and go for the pups and start all over again:-)
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That sounds like a great idea. I've never tried to grow an ensete and cut it down to make pups. I have a small ensete glaucum. Maybe I can try with that.
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How about this Musa Silk ... no maintenance needed or watering.







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Thanks but I really don't like fake plants!
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I grew a dwarf Red, Not really an ornamental since the fruit was edible, but had wide leathery leaves. It was the toughest-leaved banana I had ever grown. Lots of red on trunk/pups/fruit.
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Sounds like dwarf red and Truly Tiny are the popular choices. What's the best place to mail order these from?
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Sounds like dwarf red and Truly Tiny are the popular choices. What's the best place to mail order these from?
Do you have a height limit.

With leaves Dwarf red is 5x taller than a Truly Tiny
Dwarf is misleading in bananas, dwarf is still big and tall if space is an issue.

You want any Super Dwarf variety
If you want foiliage any super dwarf plant will work for you.

A Super Dwarf Cavendish/ Little Prince /Truly Tiny type plant will work well.
The foiliage of all the plants are similar.

There are a few vendors on the forum who sell these plants.
Big box stores have them also .
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Sounds like dwarf red and Truly Tiny are the popular choices. What's the best place to mail order these from?
Wal Mart last week started carrying them in the mid-atlantic (super dwarf cavendish) - But it is so dwarf that I think it loses much of its "banana" appeal
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