What Bananas do you grow?

tristanpierson(6b)June 30, 2013

If nobody knows me, my name is Tristan and I live in a small town in Eastern Oregon with a 6b plant zone. Right now I am currently growing a Musa Basjoo, Siam Ruby, Ice Cream/Blue Java, Ensete Maurellii, and a Red Canna. It's taken lots of hard work but I have learned from my mistakes. My main mistakes were overwatering in the winter while they were in the house and spider mites. Now I'm doing fantastic with my bananas and they are growing very nice. I'm thinking about adding another species of banana to what I have now and I wanted to know what your growing.

Another question I had was what can I do to get my bananas to pup better?

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grabmebymyhandle(6 Kentucky)

Hi Tristan
This my first REAL attempt at growing naners, I've had a cavendish for a few years, plopped him in the ground this year, look out!
I get a new roller every 3 days off it!
I had hopes it would top the house, at this rate it may just do that!
I bet it blooms in October haha!
I've also got basjoo, I better get then in the ground before its too late!
The hardy banana I'm really liking the best is Mekong giant!
It's still a little guy, but he too is throwing a new roller every 3 days in this heat, full sun is really keeping it short and squat, at less than 4, tall, it's holding a dozen leaves and has a 3" trunk atleast!
It's new leaves keep emerging with significant damage, I'm not sure what's going on but they leaves get messed up inside the p- stem, I've been tempted to cut it down and see what regrows, I don't think I will though, for fear of setting it back dramatically! It still looks great!
There's a few supposed gran nain planted on one side if the house, they were tiny when I planted em, but rockin now, I thought they were rojo, blood banana, when I bought em, didn't realize the red spots would fade...o well
I did trade some EE for a rojo about 2 weeks ago, I just got it in the ground it took off immediately!
Last and least too I think is musa mannii, an underused and under appriciated little naner, it has kind of a blue tint to the leafe tops and vein especially, red under vein, it's been in the ground rite at a month and 2 days ago I noticed a pup on either side of it! That's it M O tho, small and clumpy, it's hardy to 7b, my 7b EE usually make it thru the winters here, I'm awful tempted to try its hardiness out too! Maybe ill bring a pup or 3 in and leave the rest...GW trades have done me pretty good!
There also a maurelli in the back tryin to get up to size, it survival of the fittest back there, alota of the colocasia are really moving so it best get itself together! It's awful pretty, look up ensete maurelli montibiadi (sp?)
Man they are even nicer!
Someone who will remain unnamed, is supposed to share a Siam ruby, a Jamaican red, and a bunch of other with me... We shall see, it's not time yet so....he gave me some of everything else so I bet he will, I just want that ruby NOW!
To force pups, u can eye scoop, traumatic as hell but effective...

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 12:05PM
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The siam rubys are great. Mine Is only about 6 inches tall and it just started to get a pup. I thought it was crazy for how small it is. I also have a blue java/ice cream that is about 5 feet and has never had pups.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 1:14PM
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Some varieties pup more than others. Dwarf Cavindish, I find, are great for pupping!


Hardy Chinese Yellow (lots of pups)
Ensete (non-pupping btw)
Saba Plantain
Rojo x Gran Nain

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 8:35AM
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In-ground perennials:

Musa Mekong Giant
Musa Basjoo


Musa Zebrina Rojo
Musa Thai Black
Musa Ice Cream Blue Java
Musa Saba

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 9:10AM
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Hi islandbreeze, I ordered a thai black a few days ago, should I plant it in full sun or next to the house?

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 4:34PM
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krismast(6 S.E. PA)


This is my first year growing bananas. I put my thai black in full sun and it loves it. It's putting our new leaves like crazy!


    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 9:22AM
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Bamatufa(7 - Trussville, AL)

Black Thia
Ice Cream
Gaint Napal

Napal flowered and died last season. I was hopeing it would pup but no luck as of yet.Was also informed the Ice Creams sold on the market past several years were mis-labeled and are actually Namwa's so I am uncertain about my IC.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 11:12AM
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Abyssinian (Encete Ventricosum)
Apple Banana
Banana Rose
Double Mahoi
Dwarf Cavendish
Dwarf Namwah
Dwarf Orinoco
Ele Ele
Gran Nain
Gran Nain (Sumatrana X)
Hua Moa
Ice Cream
Jamaican Dwarf Red Banana
Lady Finger
Mona Lisa
Okinawa Torch
Pineapple Banana
Pisang Ceylon
Praying Hands
Raja Puri
Super Dwarf (Little Prince/Truly Tiny)
Super Plantain
Williams Pride
Zebrina (Red Rowe)

I also had Ae Ae, but it died while I was planting it indoors in the Winter months. I'd like to acquire some white and green variegated bananas like Dwarf Variegated Namwah or variegated Rajapuri (if there's such a thing). I still miss my Ae Ae, but it's too much to pay for one that is so sensitive ...

This post was edited by bananafan on Mon, Aug 5, 13 at 13:50

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 7:14PM
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I also have my Thai Black planted in full sun, and it's doing very well, definitely one of my stronger growers considering I bought it as a plug sized plant and it took a while to get going.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2013 at 3:35AM
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rednofl(9b Goldenrod Fl hz 10)

Quite a list Bananafan where in 9b Fl are you
I grow
Dwarf Namwah
Hua Moa
Ice Cream
Raja Puri
Viente Cohol

    Bookmark   July 31, 2013 at 7:30AM
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Islandbreeze, it's good to know that Thai Black is a strong grower. I almost wanted to get one. It has a very unique look. I heard it produces fruit, but wonder if it's edible. Which of the bananas you grow are you able to get regular harvest from them? As for me, only a few varieties will.

Rednolf, I'm in Central Fl. It may look like I have quite a list, but I often bite off what I can chew ... lol. I don't necessarily have a lot of time to tend to everyone of them, hence I haven't seen some fruit as regularly as I wish from some them. For many, they never even fruit for me once. But, there are some varieties that are not fussy and will produce fruit year after year. What varieties will fruit for you?

    Bookmark   August 5, 2013 at 2:03PM
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