Bananas

Now, you can create a tropical paradise right in your own backyard, as the lush green leaves fan out and shade layers of bananas that hang in symmetrical clusters. Shortly after a lovely bloom of purple flowers, the bananas quickly begin to grow. Resistant to most diseases. Bananas are best grown with full sun but with their roots shaded. Banana leaves are huge and can sometimes get crinkled, simply remove any damaged or worn leaves to stimulate the growth of new leaves. Use them to wrap meat for your next barbecue. During the growing season you will see fresh new leaves appear every few days. Keep your plants watered and fed regularly to maintain this development. In cold areas, they can easily be grown in containers and moved indoors during the winter. Makes a great looking tropical house plant.

The problem with varieties that grow 20 ft tall is that you couldn’t bring them indoors to ripen the fruit. We focus on dwarf-sized plants, only maturing to 5-9 ft tall, so you can easily bring them into your kitchen or sun-room and start growing delicious bananas! After fruiting the mother stem which bore the fruit should be cut off near ground level, this will not produce again. It can be used as mulch or compost. If your plant is hit by frost, remove the damaged top in the same way within a couple of weeks. Your Banana will send up new suckers which will form a new rhizome, thus creating a new plant. Multiple suckers may be divided to increase your ‘Plantation’.

MUSA ‘DOUBLE (MAHOI)’
Height: 6-8ft
Zone: 8-11
Notes: 2+HEADS SWEET FRUIT
Musa Double Mahoi is a Dwarf plant that grows from about 5 to 7 feet tall. A very rare and unusual plant that produces two large heads of fruit on the same plant and can occasionally produce a third head of fruit. Fruit is highly rated, very tasty and sweet, considered AAA+. Mahoi means twins in Hawaiian. Makes a great house or patio plant.

MUSA ‘DWARF GREEN’
Height: 6-8ft
Zone: 9-11
Notes: CREAMY ORANGE PULP FRUIT
Musa ‘Dwarf Green’ is a sturdy plant with extremely thick leaves, which may be used for wrapping and grilling meat, as well as serving food. They also make this cultivar very wind tolerant. This is a Cavendish type banana that produces a creamy orange pulp fruit.

MUSA ‘DWARF IHOLENA’
Height: 6-8ft
Zone: 9-11
Notes: RARE WITH WONDERFUL TASTE-CREAMY ORANGE PULP FRUIT
Rare with a wonderful taste, Musa ‘Dwarf Itholena’ is a sturdy plant with extremely thick leaves, which are used for wrapping and grilling meat, as well as serving food. They also make this cultivar very wind tolerant. A Cavendish type banana that produces a creamy orange pulp fruit.

MUSA ‘‘DWARF NAM WAH” (Lady Finger)
Height: 10ft
Zone: 8-11
Notes:
Also known as ‘Pisang Awak’ and other names through out the world, this group of lady finger bananas
produce large sized bunches of sweet delicious fruit that is prized in Indonesia areas as well as the U.S.
Somewhat sensitive to Panama disease (fusarium wilt). 8-10ft

MUSA ‘DWARF ORINOCO’
Height: 5-6ft
Zone: 7b-11
Notes: SUITABLE FOR DESERT OR COOKING
The ‘Dwarf Orinoco’ is a small vigorous plant that is solid green and has a thick stem. It is a heavy bearer of thick skinned fruit of very good eating quality. There is very little curvature to the fruit and the fruit can ripen on the plant without splitting. ‘Dwarf Orinoco’ versatility make them popular in many regions of the world. The plant is hardy and withstands cold temperatures and wind, but may be supported when carrying large heads of fruit.

MUSA ‘GRAN NAIN’
Height: 6-8ft
Zone: 8-11
Notes: 40-60lbs
A very attractive, solid green banana up to 6 feet tall that is the producer of the famed delicious “Chiquita” bananas.  These choice, very large heads of edible fruit are seedless and of the highest quality, taste is sweeter when picked ripe from the plant vs, green from the store. It is a quick ripening variety that is borne in racemes weighing 40-60lbs (20-25kgs) each. Exhibits superb wind and disease resistance.

MUSA ‘HUA MOA’ (Plantain)
Height: 10ft
Zone: 8-11
Notes:
A tall Banana-Plantain cross from Hawaii, grows to 10-15 ft tall. Produces small to medium bunches of very
plump, roundish fruits with golden-yellow skin and pinkish yellow-orange flesh. Very sweet flavour. May be
eaten fresh or cooked.

MUSA ‘ICE CREAM’ (Blue Java)
Height: 10ft
Zone: 8-11
Notes:
The ‘Ice Cream’ banana is highly regarded as one of the best tasting. This banana has slight hints of vanilla
ice cream flavour and a creamy texture. Also know by the name ‘Blue Java’ in some parts of the world
because of the blueish-green skinned fruit. 10-12ft

MUSA ‘LACATAN’
Height: 5-9ft
Zone: 8-11
Notes: CLAIMED TO BE THE BEST TASTING BANANA.
Desirable for desert bananas because of their sweet taste, aroma, and firm texture when ripe. They are preferred to Cavendish varieties in their native region of the Philippines. Claimed to be the best tasting banana. Harvest fruit in 8 to 12 months.

MUSA ‘MANZANO’
Height: 10ft
Zone: 8-11
Notes:
Or “Apple Banana”, a seedless diploid that is rendered so by bearing sterile female flowers. It is not
produced commercially on large scale but it is usually grown in backyards for family consumption. Its subacid flavour is reminiscent of a cross between an apple and a very sweet banana, which make a pleasing
combination. It must be allowed to ripen fully before eating. The plant is quite cold hardy and will not be
harmed by temperatures that are close to freezing. If frost forms on its leaves they will turn brown. 12 to
14 feet tall and mostly green coloured with just a light margin of red around the leaf

 

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