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Old 10-09-2007, 01:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have Red Iholene, and I think I remember reading that it will make bananas a little faster than others. Is that true? What other varieties are quicker to make fruit?
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Old 10-09-2007, 02:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Which varieties produce edible fruit in the shortest period of time?

It was told to me that Misi Luki is one of the fastest from flower to fruit.
Maybe someone who grows it can confirm this?




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Old 10-09-2007, 03:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Which varieties produce edible fruit in the shortest period of time?

Jon (pitangdiego) wrote to me that Kanderian (also called Kandarin) has a 10-12 week ripening time, so I bought one a couple of months ago. BigDog has one, but I don't think his has fruited yet based on the last discussion I had with him.
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Old 10-09-2007, 03:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Which varieties produce edible fruit in the shortest period of time?

In addition to flower to fruit, I was also wondering about how long to flower. The bananas are killed back each year by frost (zone 9), so which varieties are quickest to flower once the weather warms up. The only time my bananas (unidentified banana) flowered the weather got cold before the fruit developed.
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Old 10-09-2007, 07:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Which varieties produce edible fruit in the shortest period of time?

I asked this question of the Banana Tree Nursery guy in Easton, PA. Cause I lived in NJ back then - real short warm season. He said the Dwarf Orinoco has the shortest growing season - plant to fruit - without a doubt. That was over 25 years ago, and I'm still getting fruit in less than a year from that corm I bought long ago.

However, I live in south Fla now, and things are very different. Of the 11 starter plants in 1 gal pots I planted in the spring this year only the Dwf Orinoco has fruit. The flower popped a month ago. No body else has raised the flag yet and the Pitogo and Goldfinger are over 14 feet already.

BTW, one of the starters was a Red Iholene. It got sick and croaked, then resurrected via a pup - so can't track plant to fruit for this type.

BTW, again, got 12 DO pups in pots right now and some are large. Want one, or two?

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I'm in zone 9a and I've been growing this unidentified variety for about 8yrs now.

I never bothered to learn anything about bananas until recently. They were free and I liked the look of them and the shade they provide during the summer. I used to cut them back every winter after the first frost. About 2yrs ago one of them sent out a flower and started to make bananas but the cold weather stopped them short. I would certainly like to try the DO if you have extra. I could send you one of these unidentified pups, or I also have what I think is Ornata.
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Default Re: Which varieties produce edible fruit in the shortest period of time?

Tough question. Depends on cold tolerence, length of season, etc. The more cold sensitive they are, the shorter their effective growing season is. If they are slowing down at 60 degrees, and another variety continues till it gets closer to 50, it has a longer season. Some are slower to wake up on the Spring end of the cycle. This year, we had relatively cold and wet weather in early April (after a relatively warm winter - exceot for 2-3 days in January which were pretty aberrant), and many of the bananas didn't really hit their stride till Mid-July, as a result. As a comparison, for me, Sweetheart as been through 3 genertions (and it pups closer to flowering of the parent than many) in less time than Mysore has been through 2 generations (and it pups sooner). Kanderian does grow relatively fast, and ripens for me in 10-12 weeks (cuts 3-4 months off the ripening time of most). Hard data will be hard to come by.
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sweetheart is the quickest to set fruit that i have tried. It also ripens faster than other varieties that i have grown.
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