I went to Stokes Tropicals in Jenerette, Louisiana yesterday to see their huge greenhouse and the banana plants. I'd purchased several plants on e-bay and received one foot and eighteen inch plants for price + S&H came to about $12.00 each.
Wow! Stokes have one price for any size plant in that catagory. Most are $18.95 your choice. One footer or 4 footer with 4 pups they're the same price. And even though I've only been "into" banana's for about 3 months I found my very first Ae-Ae's. Two 8 and 9 footers with pups are $800.00 each and then they have five or six 3 and 4 footers for around $300.00 each. I got the feeling that I couldn't really buy one since they could tell I was a newcomer to the world of banana's.
Anyway, I got four wonderful plants, African Rhino, Blue Java, Ice Cream and Double Mahoi. All good size with pups. $18.95 each.
This beats seed germination disappointments and itsy-bitsy plants on e-bay.