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Old 09-09-2012, 08:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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My Musa velutina looks like it will flower for the first time. I planted this one from seed in November last year.



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Old 09-11-2012, 10:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Here it is today.

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Hey, thanks for these pictures. What a beautiful and delicate flower! I'm actually looking to get hold of a Musa Velutina rhizome. Do you have any pups that you would be willing to sell? Thanks in advance - Lloyd
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Hey, thanks for these pictures. What a beautiful and delicate flower! I'm actually looking to get hold of a Musa Velutina rhizome. Do you have any pups that you would be willing to sell? Thanks in advance - Lloyd
Thanks! I don't really have any pups that I'd send out at the moment.
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There are 21 bananas so far.



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Amazing! Are you able to pick the bananas to eat or do they just peel on the plant? Have had conflicting reports. Have just managed to score two pups from a UK seller so hopefully I'll be able to get going with those soon
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Velutina bananas are seeded and are therefore considered 'inedible,' though I suppose you could carefully eat around all those seeds if you're feeling patient. The fruit will tend to open up as they ripen. You could pick them early before they start to do this, but then again, they aren't really 'edible' so most people leave them up there for the birds to snack on.

Velutina is considered an ornamental not an edible variety. But I must say, pink fuzzy bananas are pretty awesome!
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Hey thanks for the info! I hope to try them myself at some point.

I've read that they're very sweet and quite delicious but that, as you pointed out, there are a lot of seeds. I think generally people prefer seedless fruit, but I also think it would be great to try to get people to rethink the idea. My experience is that seeded grapes, for example, are much tastier on average.

Whilst personal preference is an obvious factor, I feel there's a need to get the general public to try to hop over this psychological hurdle (without meaning to sound pretentious). My limited research tells me that with our love for seedless bananas in particular, we're creating the need for a plant species that is grown through propagation and which thereby has a more limited genetic pool, which in turn means its immune system is relatively poor. Thus the need for more pesticides and what have you. And in the end that main industry species (at the moment Cavendish) gets wiped out. It happened already with Gros Michel.

Anyway sorry I'm rambling here and going off on a bit of a tangent...
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My experience is they taste just like a store bought banana albeit small and full of seeds.
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The flower is looking nice.
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They are getting fuzzy now.

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Awesome looking bananas you've got there! Must have grown really quickly if you planted it from seed less than a year ago. How tall is it at the moment?

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The pseudostem is about 32" tall.




I guess the proper name should be M. dasycarpa
Musa dasycarpa given priority over M. velutina
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What a beauty! Nice work! My musas just bloomed and I am in awe!!!!
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Wow, what species is this and what on earth have you been feeding it?!
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That's musa '1000 fingers.' Just how the bunch looks. I've seen even larger bunches.
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