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epfcg 08-02-2019 02:36 PM

Patupi question
Does anyone have a taste/texture description of this banana?
Would it do well in zone 9b near San Francisco?

Akula 08-02-2019 08:42 PM

Re: Patupi question
I do not believe Patupi will do very well in your area. Not enough warm days between 75-90. I have a Patupi and he struggled until overnight temps were above 70F. Its my understanding that San Francisco's average highs during the summer are not over 70F not to mention the average lows.

You will need a heated greenhouse in San Franciso area in my opinion to grow a Patupi.

epfcg 08-02-2019 11:12 PM

Re: Patupi question
It gets hotter where I live since i'm near SF but not quite. Summer to fall days are 80-90 for the most part, low 70s at night. Probably still not hot enough though.

cincinnana 08-05-2019 06:37 PM

Re: Patupi question

Originally Posted by epfcg (Post 325592)
Does anyone have a taste/texture description of this banana?
Would it do well in zone 9b near San Francisco?

Here is the fast answer to the question to a new members fishing about this plant..

Everyone whom has purchased this plant is disappointed.
This plant grows best in zones 12 on up.
The people who purchased this plant were ripped off by the seller....fruit what fruit..LOL

Save your money ...this plant needs heat and 12 months of tropical weather to to hit the money.
Other members will chime in who grow plants in a similar zone as yours that fruit in a few years after planting.
Skip the plant for now..

I tried the plant for 2 seasons....great looking foliage and pups but no indication of moving forward.

Just my musa op.

bananimal 08-05-2019 07:35 PM

Re: Patupi question
I once had a Patupi mat. After a couple of years it up and went patooee!!!.. Here in Port St Lucie I'm not tropical enough. However with global warming I might try to grow it out again!? lol

PR-Giants 08-06-2019 08:22 PM

Re: Patupi question
We've been growing them for four years in North Florida 9a/8b and they die back every winter and pop back up when the weather warms. They grow well and usually start to flower in July and start harvesting in August. Patupi is a nice banana but there are better tasting bananas with even shorter cycle times.

Save your money ...Skip the plant for now..

PR-Giants 08-11-2019 12:34 PM

Re: Patupi question
The real advantage of growing short cycles for some hobbyist is that they can be planted in the spring and harvested a few months later if you start with a larger plant instead of using a starter plant. For zones 4 & 5 it's much easier to ship in plants of the proper size than putting them through the stress of over wintering. I mail short cycles to family and friends that are properly sized for the same cost as shipping smaller plants. There are also nurseries that have the proper size available for retail customers. Growing short cycles is really a matter of understanding what they can do and how to use it.

Harvesting bananas up in the snow belt is cool.:08::waving:


Originally Posted by PR-Giants (Post 324323)

Short Cycles bananas have a short fruiting phase, typically between 3 to 7 weeks in proper growing conditions.

Variegated Florida – 3 Weeks

Patupi – 5 weeks

Veinte Cohol – 6 weeks

For single season Plant & Harvest in zones 4 & 5 the plant size should be similar to the photos below.

Variegated Florida

Veinte Cohol

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