any palm growers also banana experts?

islandbreezeAugust 12, 2013

We all know that the banana forum is very slow, so please forgive me for asking a banana question here. I know many of us also grow basjoo. This doesn't look like a basjoo to me, yet comes back every year with protection, although not until about late May. Is it basjoo or something else?

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islandbreeze

A pic of the pseudostem...a powdery white color, kind of like an ice cream.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 12:24PM
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islandbreeze

My other basjoo look like this...

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 12:26PM
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miketropic

If I was going to guess by the look of it and what you say it is some type of orinaco..either tall or dwarf..there one of the hardiest fruiting bananas and being near the foundation helps alot as well..they make good fruit if it is so goodluck

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 3:55PM
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islandbreeze

Thanks for the response. If it is an Orinoco, it has come back each year after 6 winters in the ground. It comes up in late spring, but makes up for it with growth, outgrowing the rest of my perennial bananas every year. The leaves are much nicer, but the tallest it's reached in any year was 8 feet. It holds up to frost pretty well.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 5:32PM
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islandbreeze

Here is an updated pic from today, the previous pics are from 2 weeks ago...

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 8:21PM
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tropicalzone7(7b)

Hard to say what the ID is for sure. Definitely doesn't look like a basjoo to me, but whatever it is, it's a nice one!
Thanks for sharing.
-Alex

    Bookmark   August 13, 2013 at 2:15AM
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islandbreeze

Thanks tropicalzone7.

Miketropic, after looking at the possibilities (pictures and descriptions), I think you're correct. I think it's a Dwarf Orinoco. Maybe I'll have to get my hands on a Tall Orinoco next year and try one as a perennial.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2013 at 9:20AM
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jimhardy

I was going to say Rajapuri but I think the trunk is to small.

Orinoco sounds right,I had some(don't know what kind)that fruited
every second year and had a similar leaf shape-try digging it up this year and storing it-if it is the same as the ones I had,you will have bananas next fall.


    Bookmark   August 13, 2013 at 10:24AM
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mountaingrown

"" it-if it is the same as the ones I had,you will have bananas next fall""

if he has a long enough growing season and that being if they are Orinoco which they seem too be.
Ive had Orinoco go a few years without ever flowering or fruiting in mild summers in a cool z7a

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 6:50PM
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