Unknown variety to identify.

subtropixJuly 10, 2013

I purchased this banana in a 50% off sale. It was growing among aquatic plants--the vender at first thought it was a Canna but soon realized his error.
The others were labeled as Siam Ruby. Can this be true at this color?--They were growing outside so light should have been quite decent. The leaves are yellowish green but healthy. They are more narrow than broad, it also suckers readily. Are some banana varieties more 'aquatic' than others? Not the first time I have seen some bananas being grown standing in water among aquatics btw. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

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lac1361(z9a Lake Charles, LA)

Impossible to identy at that height but they don't look like edible bananas, probably some ornamental variety; although I don't know of any bananas that can be grown in an aquatic environment. Near a pond or stream with occasional high water covering the roots, yes; submerged 100% of the time, no.


    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 4:05PM
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I checked out the Nursery on line. Seems they deal mostly with aquatics and their catalogue lists two Musa varieties (Ruby Red Siam and Basjoo). If I knew it was a Basjoo would not have gotten it because I have a clump of them already. Still wondering about the aquatic deal--I notice Canna too are sometimes grown in water. Thanks for your input.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 5:36PM
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lac1361(z9a Lake Charles, LA)

Well the banana in the picture is definitely not Siam Ruby.


    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 9:00AM
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It could be one kind of ornamental banana, or it could be Banana Rose which is small in size and has narrower leaves. I do have some Banana Rose growing. I'll attach a pic. when I get a chance to take one.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 1:12PM
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rednofl(9b Goldenrod Fl hz 10)

You certainly can grow bananas in water see the link below. I have Manzanos that regularly are submerged in my canal for 3 or 4 months at a time the only problem is they tend to topple over. They do not migrate into the water full time so it is not an Ideal environment. Siam Ruby produce light green leaves but they turn red even in shade. That is not a SR . You might get a better answer over at bananas.org.

Here is a link that might be useful: Growing Bananas in water

    Bookmark   August 2, 2013 at 7:31AM
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