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Old 10-21-2011, 01:43 AM   #41 (permalink)
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I think they sell them at my local nursery. Probably going to plant one next spring. I just hope they'll be able to handle the heat here in the valley...
The heat is ok, but they need protection and/or support during Santa Ana winds. Being succulent in form, a 30+ mile/hour wind will bend the plant sideways.
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The heat is ok, but they need protection and/or support during Santa Ana winds. Being succulent in form, a 30+ mile/hour wind will bend the plant sideways.
I could always just plant it in a protected spot. How much room do they need when planted in the ground?
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I could always just plant it in a protected spot. How much room do they need when planted in the ground?
3-ft x 3-ft for 3-5 years, then they start branching much like a plumeria.
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Found a seed in the Babaco fruit.Will it germinate ?

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Found a seed in the Babaco fruit.Will it germinate ?

only one way to find that out
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Old 11-25-2011, 12:57 PM   #47 (permalink)
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Tony, seems like everything you have flowers before my plants do. Must be enough difference in low temperatures, or you're just better at growing things! My babaco still looks sad from winter (doesn't have very many leaves), no flowers, but still has 5 fruit hanging that set last year.

I did have a major success (for me) with babaco this winter, though. After over-potting a small one and then having the roots and base of the trunk rot off when the weather cooled down, I chopped all the dead stuff off, potted it in pumice, and put in on heat mat. It rooted and I've potted it up 2 or 3 times now. Looks like it'll stay in the land of the living.
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Tony, seems like everything you have flowers before my plants do. Must be enough difference in low temperatures, or you're just better at growing things! My babaco still looks sad from winter (doesn't have very many leaves), no flowers, but still has 5 fruit hanging that set last year.

I did have a major success (for me) with babaco this winter, though. After over-potting a small one and then having the roots and base of the trunk rot off when the weather cooled down, I chopped all the dead stuff off, potted it in pumice, and put in on heat mat. It rooted and I've potted it up 2 or 3 times now. Looks like it'll stay in the land of the living.
It's been pretty cool here so far this year. Just noticed today that this one is putting out leaves on the middle of the trunk.
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Tony, did that babaco seed ever germinate?
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No it did not.
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That's a bummer, maybe next time.
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That's a bummer, maybe next time.
I don't grow Babaco anymore. Making room for better tasting fruit.
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I like the flavor of Babaco, but this plant doesn't like me. I had one that fruited for a couple of years and then just rotted away from the roots up, inexplicably to me. Had another that did the same thing, but in a pot. I was able to get it to root again once I chopped off the mush, but now after several months of looking good, it's back to looking sad. I may have to admit defeat on babaco and move on.
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What is the perfect climate for Babaco?
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I attended the San Fernando Valley CRFG chapter's meeting the other day, and picked up a babaco plant and two fruit. Here is the plant that I picked up:





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How I rate it:

Taste - It's sort of like a combination of papaya, apple, and pineapple. The papaya-like musk is present as well. There is almost no sweetness though, and my sweetness-craving taste buds were not fond of that. Overall, it's nice, sub-acid, and refreshing. I feel that it would be better put in something like a smoothie, salad, or dessert than simply eaten out of hand. 6.5/10

Texture - It's similar to a honeydew melon or papaya, except softer, juicier, and a bit slimy towards the center. It's really tender, I like the texture a lot. 7.5/10

Aroma - Now this is what blew me away. The aroma is similar to the taste, except with an almost perfume-like sweetness added in. I actually left these on my car seat when I was transporting them home, and then after the car seat smelled of babaco. If there's a cut on the fruit, the aroma they it gives off becomes even stronger. If you put a lot together, it will make your kitchen smell really nice! 9/10

I feel like someone who enjoys sub-acid flavors a lot would like it more than I do. Overall, an excellent fruit and a welcome addition to my plant collection.

Oh, and I also decided to make a smoothie with it. Chopped it up and added some banana, coconut water, and vanilla yogurt, and then stuck it in the blender. It complemented the banana flavor quite nicely and added some sub-acid flavor to it.



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think they taste like terrible but I'm not a Connoisseur

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Caliboy has the right idea.
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Fresh peach taste better
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