banana ID

birdlady_10(z7b Ala)August 21, 2005

What is the name for the regular green leaved banana plant--large pink blooms-little green bananas? Wanted to put an ID tag beside it but don't know what it's called.Thanks Jan

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eken9966(z8 AL)

Could it be Musa ornata? The website linked below says it is hardy in Zone 9 and higher, but I have been growing it for a couple of years in zone 8.

Here is a link that might be useful: Musa ornata

    Bookmark   August 21, 2005 at 5:50PM
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birdlady_10(z7b Ala)

Thanks! That looks like it.I have mine on the east side of the house--been there 2 years & brother's has been in the same exposure 7 years.We mulch very heavy in winter & they do great.Thanks again

    Bookmark   August 21, 2005 at 10:25PM
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eken9966(z8 AL)

Jan,
Over on the banana forum, there is a post about how to pollinate the ornatas so that the fruit actually grows and sets seed. Linked below as you might find it interesting.
Ken

Here is a link that might be useful: Pollinating ornamental bananas

    Bookmark   August 22, 2005 at 8:16AM
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birdlady_10(z7b Ala)

Thanks,Ken.That guy is GOOD! I saved his post in my favorites so I try it.looks like I'll have to start monitoring the banana forum f I'm going to keep up with these :). Jan

    Bookmark   August 22, 2005 at 11:43PM
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