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Old 11-16-2012, 09:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Musa sikkimensis Red Tiger - the red color vanished

Last spring I bought a Musa sikkimensis Red Tiger. It had a size of about 80 cm and three leaves.
The leaves had some red parts on them, but to be honest - not as much red as I would have thought.

On what does the red in the leaves depend? Is the color changing depending on the sun?
The summer here in Germany was rainy, but of course there was sunshine.
Could it be that the sun wasn't enough?

I'm not posting a pic because the plant is already in the cellar and is now green all over. That's why I thought that the color depends on the sunshine.

Thanks for clarifying this to me
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: Musa sikkimensis Red Tiger - the red color vanished

New leaves tend to be more red and as they get older the red fades.

How much red depends on luck. I have had 'ordinary' sikkimensis that have been very very red, but then 'red flash' that haven't been very red at all.

It's all down to genetics and luck
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Uff.... that's disappointing news, but thanks a lot for clarifying this to me.
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Default Re: Musa sikkimensis Red Tiger - the red color vanished

I have a regular sikkimensis that I grew from seed. I've had it for several years now and it has made a good sized mat. Some pups really start out with lots of great red variegation and some have less, but they all fade as they get bigger.
My Musa 'Balboa' leaf

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Default Re: Musa sikkimensis Red Tiger - the red color vanished

I really like the variegation in this!
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