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Re: Banana update


Hum..define 'full size offsets'?
 
Mine has always been in a pot, granted a large one, but it does have a
3-4 babies. One of them is about 18" tall now, so next summer would that
be considered a full size offset? The other babies are only maybe 6" if
that.

 
Providing I can keep it alive over the winter, that would be cool if it actually got fruit next summer...LOL!
 
Donna


----- Original Message ----
From: Theresa W. <tchessie1@sbcglobal.net>
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Sent: Monday, October 9, 2006 10:22:42 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Banana update


Speaking of offsets- I removed 2 full sized ones off of my musa last 
weekend.  2 friends want to give bananas a shot here too.  We don't get 
fruit, but I love the plants.  Just not enough room to keep the offsets.

Theresa

james singer wrote:
> This one is about 3 years old--and has a full-size offset, so I guess 
> it's time to die. Don't think they need anything special to pollinate 
> them, either in insects or companions. I've heard of a "banana club" 
> in St. Louis that brings its bananas in every fall, stores them in 
> their basements, and plants them out again in the spring. I don't know 
> for sure if they've ever gotten them to fruit, but I think I read that 
> they had.
>
> This is the third variety we've had fruit--others were dwarf cavendish 
> and Cuban red. This variety was also developed to be more cold-hardy 
> than most others, which was not a consideration for us. We chose it 
> because of its record of reliability and productivity; neither the 
> dwarf cavendish nor the Cuban red are reliable producers in the 
> subtropics.
>
>
> On Oct 9, 2006, at 6:01 AM, Donna wrote:
>
>> How long did it take to bear fruit Jim? The banana I bought early this
>> year is did well. Family commented on when would we get banana's-
>> answer- as soon as we and the plant move to the deep south LOL! Anyways,
>> I did bring it indoors in an attempt to overwinter it. Is it possible to
>> survive the winter indoors? or ever produce fruit in this climate by
>> bringing it in for the winters and keeping it alive? What kind of
>> insects pollinate it and do you need another plant to succeed?
>>
>>
>> Can you tell I don't know a thing about banana growing!
>>
>> Donna
>>
>>
>> ----- Original Message ----
>> From: james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net>
>> To: Garden Chat <gardenchat@hort.net>
>> Sent: Sunday, October 8, 2006 10:15:45 AM
>> Subject: [CHAT] Banana update
>>
>>
>> This is the Goldfinger variety. Four hands so far, and if the weather
>> holds, we should get a lot more. Yahoo, incidentally, didn't like the
>> name "goldfinger," so I had to take it off to get the pictureposted.
>>
>>          http://hort.net/+13K1
>>
>> Island Jim
>> Southwest Florida
>> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
>> Hardiness Zone 10
>> Heat Zone 10
>> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
>> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
>>
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> Southwest Florida
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