Musa Super Plantain

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Cultivar Name

Musa 'super plantain'







This is a popular variety, which grows to about 12 feet high in the standard form and 6' high in the dwarf form. The fruit is terrific and is a staple of Caribbean and Latin cuisine. The superplantain and dwarf superplantain are french-type bunch reversion sports of Maricongo and Common dwarf plantain respectively. This plantain produces a high quantity of plantains that are smaller than the plantains typical of the false-horn plants it is derived from.

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  • Mature Height - 6'
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  • Cold Hardiness - Less cold tolerant than other plantains
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Heavy bunches cause toppling, pruned bunches alleviate problem

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Full sun to no more than 30% shade Temperatures best over 65F

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  • Personal Notes - Higher quality fruit results from bunch pruning. This variety will likely produce 8-10 hands, however the bunch is highly conical and the lower hands have short fruit.
  • Growth tips - For marketing purposes, it is better to prune the bunch back to 4-5 hands as soon as possible.

Known Afflictions

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Thrips, Borers, grasshoppers and root nematodes

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Panama disease, black sigatoka, cordana leaf spot, cigar end rot

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Members Growing This Banana


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