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Banana Plants For Sale & Auction Whether your looking to sell your banana plants for a fixed price or for auction, you're bound to find a bunch of people who will probably be interested. Please describe what you are selling as best you can, what payment methods you accept, and where you will/will not ship to, as well as if local pickup is welcome or not.


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Old 07-18-2005, 01:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was sent an invite to join (didn't know you existed) so here I am.

I'm TLTURBO (Terry) that just sold the Ae-Ae on E-bay.

I was told to join here and let everyone know I still have more to sell. The E-Bay plant went for $162.50 and was picked up locally.

If anyone wants one, I will let them go for $150 + $10 shipping. That way I don't have to pay the e-bay commission or ad cost. These plants are 2-3 ft tall with 6 or so leaves. NOT little pups just cut off.

I know that is expensive, but everyone I have checked with that occasionally sells them are planning on raising the cost with their next batch. So if you can find them cheaper on the internet, GRAB THEM. They will go up.

Thanks for the invite to join. I hope to get to know some of you - take care - Terry
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Old 07-19-2005, 07:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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welcome to the group!

right now, the $160 is a bit steep for me...I've also heard that the ae-ae may revert back to being non-variegated. Any thoughts?
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Old 07-19-2005, 07:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi Sean

I could be wrong on this BUT from what I have seen and heard, once it is verigated, THAT plant will stay that way. My Ae-Ae that I get pups from puts out verigated pups with the occasional (2 out of 13) pup being cream white. It has NEVER put put a solid green one but I hear they will.

People say the white ones won't live, but I have one (still connected to the mother plant) up to almost 2 feet. What an outrageoul looking plant. Totally ivory white with a very thin bright red edge to all the leaves and stems. It is in total bright shade to avoid leaf burning.

Anyway - that's my $.02 worth.

I need to sell a couple of these plants as they will soon be too tall to ship.

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150$ is too steep for me as well, if i do eventually get one i would not raise the price i would lower the price! Thats what im hoping to do anyways if everybody keeps up the price it will never drop. I bet if somwbody has them for less then 100$ tehey would be sold out as soon as they put them up!!!!
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reminds me of real estate around here. As long as there are plenty of people who want to buy it so that they can reproduce it at still higher prices, the demand will exponentially build and so the prices sky rockets. Then at one point, a bubble will come bursting, when there are too many ae-ae suppliers. I am patiently waiting for that, it is a banana that I would like to have as a novelty, not for profit, I am not into it. If I were to put price on my time based on my hourly rate, it would actually cost me a lot more than the current price of ae-ae to separate a pup from a mom plant, pot it, water it and make it grow, then package it and go to the post office to ship it, and back home. I am doing it because I love it, connecting with possible nice people, sharing ideas, for me, that is priceless.

One of these days, my friends in Tissue Culture laboratories will unlock the secrets to mass TC of ae-ae's and I will have loads of them for free. Two years now, and results are still not encouraging, but ultimately, I can wait of course for that to come, or when someone will trade an ae-ae with the unglamorous but equally pricey California Gold pup with me. California Gold is available only in auction from eBay or from Jeff Earl, trade with other people, no online stores are selling this banana. Here's my research on California Gold:


California Gold:
Rare Dwarf banana plant that is proven to be the cold hardiest of all edible fruit producing types bananas in Northern California. An excellent cold hardy mutant, most probably brought in from the Philippines more than 25 years ago, and has mutated and adapted to successfully produce fruit in Zone 9. While it is related to blueggoe and Dwarf Orinoco, some veteran growers that have grown California Gold observed that it has different shape of fruit than Dwarf Orinoco and slightly different growth habits. For more than 10 years that Jeff Earl (original seller), this banana has consistently produced an average of 25 lbs of good tasting yellow fruit in Zone 9 Northern California, thus nicknamed "California Gold - a real cold hardy fruit producer". Exceptionally frost hardy compared to other bananas, and produces good fruit, year after year, in Northern California, without any frost protection. Only a few banana plants might equal the cold hardiness of California Gold, such as the inedible Japanese fiber banana Musa basjoo. Cavendish type banana plants such as Super Dwarf, Williams and Double Mahoi, and most of the other edible banana plants will freeze to the ground and die during the cold winter spells when left outside without any winter protection. The California Gold banana shakes off the cold. It may lose its leaves after a hard freeze, but then continues to grow when the weather warms in the spring. The leaves lost during the winter don’t seem to slow this plant down much. California Gold have produced tasty bananas outdoors during the summer after enduring winter low temp in the low 20’s! These plants should be able grow fine in USDA zone 8 and above as an outdoor plant. They have been fruited as far north as Washington State and British Columbia with only minor winter protection. The mature plant is small only 5-6 ft tall. Some of plants have produced fruit in as early as 11 months from a pup. This exotic looking plant makes a stunning tropical impression in any garden as well as a lovely indoor potted plant. Delicious fruits rival any store bought fruit in quality and flavor, with just a hint of lemon and strawberry.


The above research could be very well hype, but I have tested it to be true so far in my backyard in zone 9. I got my California Gold from an auction by Jeff Earl, a couple of years ago. The California Gold is blooming at this moment, will post pics on that later.
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You beat me to it. I was going to reply with the Real Estate example but decided to plant some palm trees and reply later. Came back in when it was Miller time and there you were.

I agree, unfortunately that is the free enterprise society. I live in Palm Beach County, FL and our real estate went up 38% last year. Sounds great until you find out that your preoperty taxes on that new $500,000 house is over $12,000 a year, then therr's flood ins, hurricane ins, regular insurance. So it isn't that great. IF you make a killing on selling your house and move to NC or somewhere cheap, it's great. If you sell a 200K house for 400K and buy a 300K house here - you will loose money because of the taxes probably.

I had ONE Ae-Ae that I brought with me when I moved in March. Luckily, I have gotten a bunch of pups off that plant. I am putting some back around the new house to enjoy. I'm selling the extra pups off to buy some other stuff. I want a clump of Bambusa Lako (black bamboo clumper) and that is even more expensive than the Ae-Ae.

Take care guys - Terry
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Old 07-20-2005, 07:26 AM   #7 (permalink)
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OK guys, Enough.

I was INVITED to join this board because I had a plant for sale that several people on here had evidently expressed an interest in. So I joined and offered the plants at a reduced rate to anyone one here. I didn't join just to try and sell the plants.

Now I'm getting e-mails telling me that my price is OUTRAGEOUS. The latest one told me they bought plants LAST YEAR for $100 and would go back there again. GOOD LUCK.

As I replied, that is like people that I deal with in S FL Real Estate that say "I was down here last year and saw this house for 300K, WHY is it now 400K?" So if you bought your house for $300K last year and had to sell it this year and the neighbors sold for $400K, I bet damn wlll you would sell it for close to $400.

I have checked 3 places that I know of - one local and 2 on the internet that HAD Ae-Ae for about $100. Ther are ALL out of stock and I know my local guy is raising his prices to $130-$150 when he gets more which won't be until this fall. He grows them in Mexico and has to go get them and transport them back.

I agree, the price IS a bit steep. I wouldn't pay that much for one. I paid $75 for my plant 4 YEARS ago and about died. But obviously they are in demand. If you DON'T want a plant from me, that is fine and dandy and I hope you find one somewhere But PLEASE quit ragging on me for selling the few I have at market price.

I am putting another on e-bay this week probably and it will be interesting to see what it goes for. I expected about $135 on the last one and was surprised. If you notice, I had a RESERVE on that one at $100 so would have sold it for that. People drove it up to $162.

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Terry, you have the correct approach. People should try their best to understand supply and demand in an almost free enterprise environment. It was kind of you to go out of your way to offer here first, at a reduced price. People who can't wait, there's a steeper price to pay, that's just how the market works.

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Hey i said it was too steep for me, i am not a seller , beleive me if i could lay out that cash i would, i dont blame you for selling it. I have been wanting it ever since i saw it. I will be around if anybody ever does get one. Until then i will wait patiently>
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Terry, I also think it was a nice gesture for you to offer your plants here at a reduced price. You have a rare plant & there is obviously a demand for it. I watched your eBay auction & noted that the final price was not the result of a last minute bidding war. The bidders had thought ahead what price they were willing to pay & bid accordingly. If the market price continues to rise, those people who complained your price was too high may end up kicking themselves that they didn't buy one when it was "only" $150!

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On the 'Ae Ae' subject, I got mine for free, hahaha! I beat you all for finding the cheapest 'Ae Ae'!
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Oh, and on the 'California Gold' subject, I got mine for $40 directly from Jeff Earl himself, however, I have the power to make this plant readily available within the next year or two, but I dont know if its worth putting Jeff "out of business" so to speak.
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If you (or anyone else) want to know WHY the bidding war on the auction stopped, write me and I'll tell you. But it did and someone else jumped in.

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Here's a place where Ae-ae is almost always available, and they have very good feedback from people over at banana forum of garden web:
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http://www.rpetropicals.com/store/ca...tegory=Bananas

Price: $129.00
2nd day Fedex: $21.00

Total including shipping and handling: $150.00.

So if the ebay bidding goes beyond ($150 - ie. $16 estimated shipping cost) or bidding goes beyond $134, you are really better off ordering it now rather than bid it out at eBay, so why wait and spend more?

As a practical rule of thumb, do your research on your item of interest before bidding on eBay. And we are here to help based on our own mistakes. Too often, I end up paying too high, mostly due to shipping and handling, simply because I did not check local prices first or other online sources. Sometimes you could find items in big box stores, and there is no shipping and handling overhead at the same retail price for the bid price, and no waiting. The only big problem right now with the big box stores is they don't have terminals where you can do a search for your items if they carry it and which shelves they are located, unlike eBay, it is easy to search for items. But a time is coming that soon, every item will be RFID'ed and each real shopping cart will have a powerful search item and directed navigation (already on trial), then I will only go for eBay for the very rare items I can't search in the stores.

This and other info come from various people for free and would pass it on to others. Some sellers have ran out of stock. I think the above seller in the link is in Hawaii, the home of the Ae-ae and it is inconceivable that they will ran out. With too many people wanting to grow and sell Ae-ae, it is only a matter of time that its price will go down. Many nurseries are holding off and propagating which creates a temporary shortage, and hence the price going up, as most will offer next year, along with the offering from various hobbyists, the price should go below $100, just my speculation. It could only go up if there are more people who think they can propagate more of this plant for profit, so it could extend for some time. For me, it is only a matter of time before I'll get mine for free, a good friend is expecting a shipment, and I can wait for the pups, but could take two years in our colder climate.

The seller that ran out of stock:
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http://naturalselections.safeshopper.../cat41.htm?816
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I don't think they are going to raise their prices when inventory will move very slowly after supplies are replenished.

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MAURY - Please e mail me at tlturbo@aol.com

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There was a place last year that was selling Ae Ae last year for 70 bucks(or within 10 bucks of that). I can't remember where, but it must have been their fall sale.
Hey Gabe, are you going to be doing some tissue culturing? That would be great to have some of the wild seeded bananas more available!
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Anyone have a photo of a "california gold" flower/bunch?
How rare is it?

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Mike (Bananavilla) has several pics of California Gold. I have one California Gold blooming right now, and I just lost to an auction for digital camera. You can also check out Mike's site: http://groups.msn.com/BananaVillaIma...Group/pictures

There are several pics of Blooming and fruiting California Gold. I will post pics of my California Gold later.

One thing for sure, the fruits of California Gold seemed to get bigger a lot faster than that of Williams even if the California Gold bloomed 2 months later.
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Geez, in all this rinky dink bickering over the price Terry is asking, it seems that everyone has missed the most important point of all - QUALITY OF THE PLANT!
Terry stated that these are 3ft AEAE's, almost too big to ship. No online rinker dink nursery is going to send you a plant that size.

I say more power to Terry. If I had them I would hold firm on my price as well.

Basically, **** or get off the pot!

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This is California Gold Fruit.

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