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Old 11-29-2005, 10:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im just curious to see what different bananas we are growing..



Plants that are in my collection...
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Musa rubinea
Musa yunnanensis
Musa basjoo
Musa coccinea
Musa siamensis
Musa beccarii
Musa mannii
Musa velutina
Musa cheesmani
Musa laterita
Musa nagensium
Musa sikkimensis
Musa textilis
Musa itinerans var. gigantea (has another proposed new name)
Musa acuminata subsp. zebrina
Musa mannii x something else (really cool mini-Musa!)
Musa hybrid 'Royal Purple'
Musa hybrid 'Lavendar Beauty'
Musa 'African Red'
Musa 'Violacea'
Musa 'Rose'
Musa 'Ae Ae'
Musa 'SDC'
Musa 'Dwarf Cavendish'
Musa 'Mahoi'
Musa 'Orinoco'
Musa 'Pitogo'
Musa 'Saba'
Musa 'Raja Puri'
Musa 'California Gold'
Musa 'Gran Nain' x acuminata subsp. zebrina
Musella lasiocarpa
Ensete sp. 'Thai superbum'
Ensete superbum

Currently I'm trying seeds of...
Musa monticola
Musa ingens
Musa unknown ingens affiliation wanna-be thing
Musa lawitiensis
Musa campestris var. lawasensis
Musa campestris var. limbangensis
Musa rubinea
Musa cheesmani
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Musa yunnanensis
Musa thomsonii
Musa itinerans var. gigantea (has another proposed new name)
Musa nagensium
Musa beccarii
Musa textilis
Musa velutina
Musa laterita
Musa balbisiana
Musa gracilis
Musa violascens
Musa 'New Bhutan'
Musa 'Royal Purple'
Ensete sp. aff. superbum 'Thai superbum'
Ensete ventricosum
Ensete glaucum
Ensete superbum
Ensete perrierii
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Old 11-30-2005, 01:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Are you talking GROWING or "growing"?
I guess my idea of growing bananas is a bit whacked, but it you ain't producing blooms and fruit there isn't much going on IMHO
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AeAe
African Rhino Horn - hangin fruit
Apple - 2 flowers now
Belle - almost ripe
Brazilian Lady Finger - Blooming as of 11/2005
Burmese Blue
Cardaba - Has fruited
Cocos - 2 bunches now
Cuban Red - should be ripe February
Double - Has fruited
Dwarf Brazilian - ripe now
Dwarf Cavendish - Has fruited
Dwarf Colorado Blanco
Dwarf Jamaican Red - Has fruited
Dwarf Nino
Dwarf Orinoco
Ebun Musak
Ele Ele
Enano Gigante
FHIA-17 - 3 months till riep
FHIA-18
FHIA-23 - 5 months till ripe
Gluay Namwah - hanging now
Golden Pillow - hanging now
Golden Rhino Horn
Goldfinger - Fruit Hangin as of 08/08/2004
Gran Nain - Has fruited
Great Dane - hanging
Green Kru
Ha'a
Haa Haa - Blooming as of 09/2005
High Color Mini
Hua Moa
Ice Cream - Has fruited
"Jane" Black Mystery
Kanderian - Has fruited, close again
Kofi
Kumunamba
Kru - Blooming as of 08/08/2004
Lakatan - Fruit Hangin as of 08/08/2004
Large Date
Malango - hanging now
Mauritius
Misi Luki - 2 bunches hanging
Mona Lisa FHIA-2 - ripe now
Monkey Fingers
Monthan - 2 hanging now
Mysore - hanging mow
Nam Wah
Orinocco - 2 hanging
Pisang Ceylon - 3-4 months till ripe
Pitogo
Praying hands - just finished 5th bunch
Raja Puri - 2 hanging
Red Iholena
Rose - Fruit Hanging
Saba - almost ripe
San Jose - Has fruited
1780 - flowering now
SH-3640
Small Date
Sumatra X "Cross"
Super Dwarf Cavendish
Sweetheart FHIA-3 - 2nd bunch ripe in 3 minutes
Thousand Fingers - 2 hanging
Tomoc
Tuu Ghia
Valery - Ripe soon
Williams - hanging
Zan Moreno - hanging
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pitangadiego, which variety seems to mature and ripen a bunch the fastest there in San Diego?
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Here is the list of Bananas that acording to Mike I'm not "growing" I guess all that time spent with them is called waiting, not growing. Hopefully I will be growing them this spring!

AE AE
Apple
Dwarf Cavendish
Super Dwarf Cavendish
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Jamaican Red
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Are you talking GROWING or "growing"?
I guess my idea of growing bananas is a bit whacked, but it you ain't producing blooms and fruit there isn't much going on IMHO
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Hey, im doing to the best I can in Colorado! The fact that it's 0°F outside with about 2ft of snow and all my plants are making leaves is good enough for me
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musa 'African Red'
musa mannii
musa velutina
musa coccinea
musa beccarii
musa 'Royal Red'
ensete ventricosum
ensete vent. Maurelii
musa basjoo
musa sikkimensis
musa cheesmani
musa thomsonii
musa 'Burmese Blue'
musa 'Orinoco'
musa 'Ice Cream'
musa 'Dwarf Orinoco'
musa 'FHIA 3 Sweetheart'
musa '1000 Fingers'
musa 'Raja Puri'
musa 'Goldfinger'
musa 'Belle'
musa SDC
musa itinerans
musa 'Ae Ae'
musella lasiocarpa

Also have seeds going of:

ensete ventricosum
ensete glaucum
ensete perrierii
ensete superbum 'Kluay Pa'
musa sikkimensis
musa ingens (getting tired of waiting...SPROUT ALREADY!!!)
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Wow , this is the big leagues. You guys are very serious growers.
I really need to get a bigger backyard!
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I really need to get a bigger backyard!
Or use the front yard!
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1. Saba
2. Raja Puri
3. SH3640
4. Sweetheart
5. Musella lasiocarpa
6. Dwarf Brazilian
7. Tall Brazilian
8. Dwarf Red
9. Tall Red
10. Pisang Raja
11. Ae Ae
12. Mahoi
13. Hua Moa
14. Igcpoca
15. FHIA 23

I'm not counting the 3 or 4 kinds that I dug up to get rid of and threw back by my fence. They have since sprouted from the corm and are rooted back in the ground again!

I didn't realize how many I have gotten rid of until I listed the ones that I know I still have left. A few years ago I had almost 40 different kinds and now only 15 are left!
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Mike,

Kanderian is the hands down winner, ripening in 12 weeks. It had a nice size bunch and nice sized fruit, and very brilliant yellow color. Everything else is roughly 6 months and more.
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Momese,

Right on!! I don't have a backyard, so it is all in the front one.
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I agree with the rest if you. I did away with the grass in the backyard several years ago. This year I attacked the lawn in the front yard. In another year there will be no grass to cut and only bananas to enjoy.

The front and side yard earlier this year.


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Wow! What a beautiful sight! What type of bananas are they? My guess would be Saba for most of them, but the one plant with the bronze undersides is throwing me off.

Thanks for sharing an excellent pic.
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Sodak-Thanks for the kind words.

There is a Saba in the mix but it is not actually visible in this photo. (There are actually a good many other plants in the backyard and other side of the house that are not visible in the photo.)

The varieties are (supposed to be) from far left to right:

Rose, Goldfinger (FHIA-1) and Grand Nain (all behind fence)

Sweetheart (FHIA-3), Mona Lisa (FHIA-2), Goldfinger (FHIA-1), Praying Hands, Misi Luki, Red Iholene, Dwarf Namwah, SH 3640 and Dwarf Brazilian (side of house in front of fence)

Mahoi, FHIA-18, FHIA-23, Raja Puri, Dwarf Orinoco, Dwarf Plantain, Jamican Red, Dwarf Cavendish and FHIA-17. (other side of driveway, it is kind of hard to make out all the plants on that side but there are 9 varieties in that grouping)

The one with the bronze undersides to the leaves is the Red Iholene. The bloom on that variety is also very attractive. The bloom had not yet emerged when the picture was taken (around mid-July).
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These are the bananas I'm "attempting" to grow here in Indiana:

dwarf cavendish
orinoco
namwah
basjoo
ensete ventricosum maurellii
sdc high color mini
pink velutina
chinese yellow
ice cream
zebrina
gran nain
unknowns which are probably one of the above
raja puri
sumatrana X gran nain cross

I have three 12 foot tall orinocos in the garage in storage, along with 60 others, surely I'll be "actually growing", having fruit next year!
We do love the beautiful tropical foliage all around the patio and ponds though, regardless of fruit.

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My hat is off to Sandy. I can't imagine moving 60 bananas to storage. I moved 12 large ones in one day (with the holes already prepared) and it nearly killed me.
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Pitangadiego-I am very interested to hear of your experience with Kanderian. I am thinking about adding that one to the group this spring. Do I understand you correctly that it matures in around 12 weeks from blooming for you? What is a normal height for Kanderian in your part of the world? How would you rate the fruit? Is it similar to Orinoco and/or Pelipita?
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As for me the bananas I'm "attempting" to grow are, Basjoo, Orinoco, and Saba. This was my first year so I'm still learning.
My hat is off to those with so many different types, there are some real Banana freaks here and yes thats a good thing.
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GATrops, I love that photo! From the looks of it, it won't be long til the house will be completely hidden in the jungle! What are the white things at the base of the plants?
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