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Old 12-28-2007, 01:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I was looking on ebay (the uk one)for banana plants and a seller has listed 6 different ones today. I hardly have any experience with all the different nanas and hope you can advise me whether they are true bananas. The zebrina one he offers doesnt look like other small zebrinas Ive seen. Can someone have a look for me and advise whether I should buy them or not.
The sellers name is ....newforesthostas...

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Old 12-28-2007, 02:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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hmmm interesting. He hasn't sold bananas / plants before.
To be honest the zebrina looks more like Velutina to me?

That said the leaf shape is right and there do appear to be some dark patches on the photos so they may well be zebrina.

Maybe have to buy one to find out for sure but i am running out of space
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thanks musa,

Did you see the zebrina listed by another seller, the plants are the same height and in the same size pot but they have definite markings on the leaves.
But you're probably right and I'll have to buy one to find out......my luck it will be a peace plant or something...haha

thanks for your help. its much appreciated.
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Go on go for it anyway lol.Good luck.
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I was looking at that particular sellers offerings. One other point, there was no picture of the actual plant you will receive - the picture published may be old or stock given the number of plants shown and only one or two on actual sale.

Now to the interesting bit. I contacted them and they stated that they grow over 6000 bananas a year in a greenhouse kept around 15c. If that is the case they must be the main grower and distributer in the uk i would have thought ?? Note to myself Go visit !!

There is another vendor who sells Zebrina who has a shop called "Bissetii" unfortunately they have had some bad feedback recently.....
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I bought a zebrina from bisetti,and it arrived in very bad shape.
I noticed the new nanas on ebay a couple of days ago,it was the sakhalin which caught my eye.
Not that I need one.lol
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I noticed the new nanas on ebay a couple of days ago,it was the sakhalin which caught my eye.
Not that I need one.lol

I know what you mean....must resist pushing the buy button
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I too got a Zebrina from Bissetii and the packaging was awful. The worst packed banana I have ever bought. It needed most of the leaves removed as they were so badly damaged.

I too saw the bananas on ebay and I would say the Sakhalins must be TCd plants.

If you are desperate for a true Sakhalin contact Andy Bateman at Mulu.
Mine came from him before he moved back to his old site.
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I got one from grub at the wisley meet so don't really need another.
If they do indeed grow around 6000 nanas a year then it might be an idea to visit them,never know what might turn up in those Tc trays.
When do they open?lol
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I got one from grub at the wisley meet so don't really need another.
If they do indeed grow around 6000 nanas a year then it might be an idea to visit them,never know what might turn up in those Tc trays.
When do they open?lol
They got me curious so i asked if they have other varieties the response was "we have six new varieties on the go for summer but we cant tell you which yet" teasers.....

Stop Press.........
Just got this from the ebay seller
"feb 08 we will have a web site www.newforesthostas.co.uk we will also be at the suffolk show at easter,east of england show,gardeners world at the nec,and hampton court place garden show we will have great show deals." Sounds good to me !

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Looks like it'll be an interesting site.
my In laws have got a caravan in the New forest,looks like I'll have somewhere new to visit next time we're down there.
wonder what varieties they'll have?
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Looks like it'll be an interesting site.
my In laws have got a caravan in the New forest,looks like I'll have somewhere new to visit next time we're down there.
wonder what varieties they'll have?
Well we know what they have on ebay and the others they are not telling. AEAE would be nice...always the optimist me
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Well we know what they have on ebay and the others they are not telling. AEAE would be nice...always the optimist me
Would be nice
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WOW.. that was a lot of info....thanks...looks like I found somewhere to stop off when I go to visit my brother in Kent....I'll keep checking for the site.

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Hi Kerrin
Where does your brother live?
Are you going to get any nanas from newforesthostas?
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Hi Steve,

Hope you had a great new year!
sorry to take so long to answer, been a bit hectic last few days. My brother lives in Chelmsfield near bromley/orpington. I'm not going to buy anything yet as I've decided to wait till he opens the nursery and I will spend a few days at Colins and go out to look at the plants then. ( I can get more in the car than by post...lol)
Will let you know what they're like if I get there before you.
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Old 01-03-2008, 04:44 PM   #17 (permalink)
 
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Hi Kerrin,
Happy New year to you
I used to work in the Bromley area quite a bit a few years ago so know the area quite well.Although that was before I got bitten by the exotic plant bug so I have no idea if there are any decent nurseries nearby.
Saying that you wouldn't be too far from the Palm centre which is allways good for a visit,just make sure you've plenty to spend and room in the car.
Luckily each time I've been I've had the van.
Then theres Architectural plants near Horsham,just down the M23.
If you find any hidden gems let us know.

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well, I did succumb and buy a couple of the Sakhalins,I'll let you know their condition, they we're going in the post today.

and even better the new forest is on my doorstep so I'll have first dibs on the TC trays.

6000 bananas a year sounds a great deal. that could only work if they have a solid distribution deal with a nursery/store chain.

from a collector's ('hobbyist' for the colonials) point of view the market would be in much smaller numbers of the rarer varieties.

Just a suggestion but perhaps the interested amateurs in the UK should pool some resources here and put some rare stuff into TC.

I have been talking to others about this, especially with respect to the Yunnan species/varieties

PM me if you're interested and maybe we'll try and take the idea forward
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Me to, i bought a "Golden" zebrina which i have turned up nothing on so far but the grower said its taller lighter green leaves with lighter red on the leaves than the Zebrina/Sumatrana so i am looking foreward to seeing it.
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I didn't even notice they were calling the 'golden' zebrina.
Might have to get one afterall.
I'm sure theres still some room left in the greehouse
Good idea about getting some of the rarer stuff Tc'd
None of mine are really worth tcing though as you can get them easily enough.And the ones that are aren't anywhere big enough yet.
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