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Old 09-15-2010, 11:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thank you, Raules! I think I may have the title wrong. I think this one is Dusty Rose, but I'm actually not sure because the tag has faded. I bought a Dusty Rose, Bronze (laterita), Lavender, and Pink. This one is the first to bloom. I just planted it in the container early this year around January.

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That is beautiful, the wiki says Musa Rose is an edible ornamental!

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That would be really cool Clare! Do you think it is this one?

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Hi JaNan! I don't think it is that one. I think I had the name wrong. I think it is Musa ornata 'Dusty Rose.' I got it from Going Bananas earlier this year. It was about 8 months to flowering from just a little thing.
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Hi Clare, that's so gorgeous. I notice it seems like most of the leaves are intact without a tear from what I can see. Eight months to flower is good. I've stayed awayed from ornamentals because I thought it would have taken longer. I might try one next spring.

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Can you give some measurements about the total- and flower-height of this nice looking plant?
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Hi Clare, that's so gorgeous. I notice it seems like most of the leaves are intact without a tear from what I can see. Eight months to flower is good. I've stayed awayed from ornamentals because I thought it would have taken longer. I might try one next spring.

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Thanks, Dara. I probably wouldn't have tried ornamentals either. I was going to put fruiting bananas in those containers, but my friend Steven convinced me that ornamentals were a better way to go here. I like the picture you have under your name. It looks like it could be Michelia coco? I used to grow those, but they didn't like the winter here. Those flowers smell so good.

Laterita, the flower started at around 26", and from the soil line to the tip of the tallest leaf is 65". The flower is around 6". These were all single plants when I planted them in February, and they sent up pups just a few months ago.


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Gorgeous shots, Clare!


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Sure looks a lot like my M. laterita. Ornamentals tend to flower much quicker (at least in my experience) than edibles.
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Brent, you could be right that this is the M. laterita 'Bronze.' The tags have faded now, and I was relying on my memory, but I shouldn't do that anymore since I am getting old! LOL!
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I tried to grow this banana from seed but failed loads of times, they just don't want to grow for me, but for some reason are not all that easy to find here in the uk.
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beauty...would love to get my greedy little hands on one....anyone in canada have one to share?????
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Two more flowers coming in now in the pots: one is on the laterita, and the other one is another ornamental. I think I'm going to take them out of the pots and plant them somewhere in the ground. They are just getting super crowded in the pots as they multiply, and they dry out very quickly and require lots of water. I think they will require less maintenance if I put them in the ground. It won't be easy pulling them out of the large pots they are in.


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Hi Clare,

thank you very much for this link. It taught me a lot. When I first encountered the Ornata in Vietnam,
I had never heard of it. The prime appeal to me, living in Zone 6, was that it was small enough to take
inside as a house plant during winter, although as I learned from you it might suffer a bit due to the dry
conditions in the house. The size and potential to be a winter houseplant made me think, "I scored a coup".


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Hi JaNan! I don't think it is that one. I think I had the name wrong. I think it is Musa ornata 'Dusty Rose.' I got it from Going Bananas earlier this year. It was about 8 months to flowering from just a little thing.

I was wondering how long it would take to bloom, since almost all I saw in Vietnam had blooming mother plants,
when I saw them and they did not look like they were raised elsewhere and then transplanted for display into
that park, since the ground covers growing around some of them appeared undisturbed.

Such a high ratio of flowering period to maturing makes them even more attractive to me.
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M. ornata is fairly easy to grow and multiplies quickly. I had some in large pots, but they outgrew them within a year, and I had to take them out: Musa ornata 'Rose' blooming

I have since gotten rid of mine since they multiply and spread so quickly, but if yours don't succeed, you can buy them from here: Going Bananas of Homestead Florida Banana & Banana Plant Descriptions -

Good luck!
That they multiply so quickly appears to be confirmed by the fact, that the one I brought home from Vietnam
had a fairly well developed pup plus seven nodes for more, of which two have now broken ground.

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Olaf, I would definitely try them as an outdoor plant in the summer and an indoor plant in the winter since you like them so much. I think they are pretty resilient, and even if the stalks don't do well indoors, you can always cut them off and let new pups come up for the season each year. You may have to repot and divide frequently though, like once a year, and they seem to have massive root systems eventually, making them very heavy.

I would have kept mine, but I didn't have anywhere to plant them in the ground, and I don't really have room for things that spread rapidly on their own. I had to get rid of my gingers too for that same reason, and I love that fragrance so it was hard to do.

My husband visited Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam also and just loved the people and the country.
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Thank you, Clare, I am getting excited about this. If they proliferate that much, it will give me much “stock”
to play around with: Wintering as indoor plant, dry wintering as well as outdoors by deep planting and mulching.
Sounds like a lot of fun ahead.

Your husband is right. I have lived in or travelled to about 40 different countries and Vietnam tops
them all in friendliness, which is amazing, because they have as much cause to bear a grudge as anybody.

There are more pictures of flowers and landscaping in Vietnam here:
The Opulence of Flowers in Vietnam is breathtaking.

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