Originally Posted by endeitz
I read on another thread, as discussion between JoeReal and JeffreyP regarding the relative merits of pups (by pups, do they typically mean sword suckers?) versus tissue culture. JoeReal was convinced that pups grow and fruit more quickly, while JeffreyP indicated that under "grower" conditions, TC plants did just as well.
Does anyone else have an opinion on this?
p.s. The thread is here.
The relevant discussion initates at #10, but then picks up at #30. kgbenson concurs with jeffreyp at #35, but many other posters disagree.
I think this discussion, debate was covered pretty well. My experience growing swords vs. tcs is that they grow at about the same rate to fruit, in my backyard! All of the tcs I have grown produced fruit within one year, (FHIA-3 was 9mo.), but the average is about 10 1/2 mo.. I have had no corms produce any faster, in my very unscientific banana project. According to some articles that I've read, thats pretty fast , (given 9 mo. for commercially grown bananas from Mexico to Ecuador). That being said, I believe the key is a tropical / subtropical environment. If I lived in a more marginal growing environment, I suspect, and others attest, that corms would outperform tcs..I know of other S.Fl. growers who have not had the same success that I enjoy, but I have spared almost no expense to provide my plants with all that they could want or need. It's almost impossible to compare other growers results anyway, there are way too many variables to consider,(amount of sunlight, fertility & ph of soil, quality of irrigation water, individual micro-climates, passion for growing plants, etc.... My suggestion would be to try growing both and find out what grows best for you. At the very least you'll learn what does and does not work in your yard!