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Harry
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Banana id

Post by Harry » Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:12 pm

Hi all,

I am Fairly new to gardening and I was hoping that one of you knowledgeable people might be able to identify the type of banana plant in the following pictures. whether its a fruiting type or purely ornamental.

Thanks in advance

Harry
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Re: Banana id

Post by grub » Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:15 pm

What else can you tell us about it Harry? How old, big, hardy etc will all help us out a bit as will a better picture of the petioles icon_thumleft
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Re: Banana id

Post by mushtaq86 » Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:22 pm

With the stocky build and petioles being close to each other,drum roll everyone :lol: musa Cavendish icon_cheers edible cultivator


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Re: Banana id

Post by Harry » Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:38 pm

Thanks mushtaq86, and grub for the quick replys, glad to hear its an edible one.


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Re: Banana id

Post by stephenprudence » Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:43 pm

Will a cavendish survive in Andalucia, touch and go, but it may do... if it hits 0C though its a gonner.
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Re: Banana id

Post by Nathan » Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:14 pm

Almeria is one of the warmest spots in Spain, so I'm sure a Musa cavendish will be fine there icon_thumleft
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Re: Banana id

Post by medjool » Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:18 pm

Almeria has a similar climate to pompey!!!!!!!!! :lol: icon_rabbit :lol:


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Post by Nathan » Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:34 pm

medjool wrote:Almeria has a similar climate to pompey!!!!!!!!! :lol: icon_rabbit :lol:
I wish... :wink:
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Re: Banana id

Post by Alexander » Fri Oct 01, 2010 1:29 am

The Arabs where the first ones in that part of Spain whom cultivated bananas!
Most species and cultivars can be grown there!

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Re: Banana id

Post by Dave Brown » Fri Oct 01, 2010 7:26 am

Hi Harry, and welcome icon_salut

Looks like Dwarf cavendish, which they grow commercially in the Canaries. It does not like to drop below 10C ideally, but can drop down lower for short periods, providing temps get back up to around the 15C+ mark the next day. Not the easiest banana to overwinter in the UK :roll:
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Re: Banana id

Post by Harry » Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:29 am

Hi all,

thanks for the replys on hardiness, I suppose that I will have to try and protect them a bit in the winter then, and hope for the best. Its not quite frost free here, as we are about 20 minutes inland, last winter we had about 3-4 frosts.
I don't know if it would be a good indicator but, my streliizia nicolai came through unscathed. so maybe some hope for the musa.


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Re: Banana id

Post by Dave Brown » Fri Oct 01, 2010 12:02 pm

Strelizia nicolai is pretty tough taking as low as-6C in California. It is the warm days that allow it to handle it. I haven't had -6C since 2001, but don't get the warm days so mine has to be inside. Musa Dwarf cav will not like down to freezing even if warm days. :wink:
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Re: Banana id

Post by Alexander » Sat Oct 02, 2010 1:51 am

For edible bananas, Musa Chini Champi and M. Rajapuri are better ones then Dwarf Cavendish as they are more coldtolerant.

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