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Re: Banana update

You might get them to fruit, Theresa. There's a guy in Visalia who gets them to fruit regularly.

On Oct 9, 2006, at 11:22 PM, Theresa W. wrote:

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.


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.
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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