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Feb 22, 2010 12:24 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Hi, my name is Susan. I love bananas, and eat at least one every day. When I got a greenhouse, I decided to try and grow some bananas for myself.

All of my bananas are in pots. I'd like to make a small bed in the greenhouse for plants, but I think it might be too hot in there during the summer.

I have:
Musa Ice Cream (Blue Java)
Musa Thousand Fingers
M. Williams Hybrid
M. Basjoo
M. Glui Kai
M. Thai Black
M. AeAe
M. Siam Ruby
M. Thai Variegated
M. Kru
M. Gran Nain
M. High Color Mini
M. Truly Tiny
M. Bordelon
M. Double Mahoi
M. Sumatrana X cross

E. Maurelii
E. Unknown

I think that is all! LOL As you can tell, I got very excited about growing bananas and bought a lot of varieties.
Feb 22, 2010 3:35 PM CST
Name: Christine
Blue Mountain,NY
Hello Susan, you sure do love nana's. You have a nice collection going, I'd love to see your's growing this summer.
Feb 22, 2010 3:54 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Thanks Christine,
Yeah, I'm a bit of an obsessive gardener. If I like a plant I want all varieties. It gets me into trouble sometimes, hee hee!
I'll post some photos later of my naners from last summer.
Mar 3, 2010 8:18 AM CST
Name: Eloise
Southern California
Wow Susan, you've got a wonderful collection of bananas! I would love to see pictures of them all especially your AE AE, a much coveted musa by all, LOL!
Mar 3, 2010 1:47 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN

Well, most of mine are very small, I've only been growing them for a couple of years. I'll post some photos a bit later. Time to go out and cut wood to feed the greenhouse stove!
Mar 3, 2010 10:06 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Here's the AeAe last fall, about to come in the greenhouse for the winter.

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Mar 7, 2010 8:03 AM CST
Name: Eloise
Southern California
Susan, thanks for posting a pix of your AE AE! I just love the leaf coloring, and will buy one once the prices come down, LOL!
Mar 7, 2010 12:36 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Have you ever seen the striped bananas? They look so cool, I want them!
The prices have really come down, this winter they were much closer to $100 on ebay, this summer with everyone's pups being sold they might come down to $50. Well worth it for such an exotic plant. I just thing of the $$$ as taking the place of buying 5 or more $10 plants.
Mar 13, 2010 9:38 AM CST
Name: Eloise
Southern California
Susan, sorry for the late response. Sometimes I can't find where I posted, LOL! No I haven't seen the striped bananas in person, just pictures, and they do look very cool! The fact that you say you want them, implies that your plant hasn't gotten big enough to produce, right? I sure hope the prices come down during the summer, but so far, haven't seen much of them on ebay -- I can wait :-) I recall a while back I showed my DD a picture of an AE AE at the time going for $150. She is not a plant person so thought AE AE wasn't that special!
Mar 13, 2010 10:53 AM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
No, Sad Sad none of my bananas have produced, I thought I'd get some flowers last year but no.
Maybe this year!
Mar 15, 2010 9:03 PM CST
Name: Eloise
Southern California
Wishing you lots of bananas this year Susan! I too have some plants, Ice Cream being my oldest banana, but it hasn't produce flowers either. It just kills me when I see bananas hanging off someone's plant that doesn't even care about them, and here I keep waiting, LOL!
Mar 15, 2010 9:38 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Oh no! And you can grow yours outdoors, too, right?
How old is your Ice Cream?

Now I'm depressed, if you can't get bananas I'll never get them. Maybe we need some special fertilizer or something.
Mar 22, 2010 6:09 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Fort Hood, Texas
Banana Buff!!
I Love my Bananas too Susan!

The ones I got from you last year are still doing wonderful - I overwintered them indoors!

Some are still dormant & we are FINALLY over our last freeze here in Texas!!
They are ready to go out & get some sun!

The best things about bananas is that they do best when just left alone around here...
the ones I fuss over never seem to do a thing.

So this year I am just going to water & let be...

How big is your Maurelli? :) ~Cheryl
Mar 22, 2010 6:48 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
My Maurelii are only about 3 ft high, but they were in 1 or 2 gallon pots. This year I'm going to plant one out to see how big it gets.
Sorry you missed the co-op, but the only bananas we got were Siam Rubies and Basjoos.
Post photos if you got them!
Mar 23, 2010 12:04 PM CST
Name: Pam Collachi
Navarre, Fl
Hi Susan,

I love to grow bananas too. Mine grow outside and die down every winter. The only one that ever made tiny bananas was the Raja puri. I also have (if they come back again after this year) are:

Ice Cream
Super Dwarf Cavendish
Misi Luki
High Color Mini
Thousand Fingers
French Horn
Dwarf Red Green
Chinese Yellow

They all came back last year, so I'm sure hoping they do this year. If I ever get a large greenhouse, I would try putting some in there to try and get bananas. But I still just love the plants' big leaves.


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Mar 23, 2010 2:25 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
I love the leaves too, and the look of the plants.
We'd love to see some photos of your plants outside! I've never heard of Valery.
Mar 24, 2010 9:56 AM CST
Good morning.
I've been growing the Dwarf Orinoco's for about 5 years now in Tucson, Arizona.
I have gotten several descent sized bunches of bananas off them but unfortunately due to our winters the bunches dont ripen before the first frosts hit.
I was able to get a couple of bananas in the winter/spring of 2008/09, but non this past winter.
Types I have in my yard.

Dwarf Orinoco
Ice Cream

Non Eating:

All mine are in the ground and have come back each year after being frozen or having pretty bad frost damage.

Mar 24, 2010 11:11 AM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
That's amazing, I would think your Ice Cream would be done for after being frozen.
I've never had bananas on my plants- would it be possible to ripen the hands off the tree?

Feel free to post some photos in the Edible bananas and Ornamental bananas forum! I'd like to get a banana database going, too...
Mar 25, 2010 2:00 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Fort Hood, Texas
Banana Buff!!
Some Photos from last year!

So many varieties!!!


Waking them up slowly & moving some of the full sized varieties out onto the covered porch to acclaimate to the Sun & temps.
Looking forward to seeing my Kandarian come to life, along with the Brazilians!

:) ~Cheryl

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Mar 25, 2010 2:42 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Your bananas all look great- some of mine don't look very good!

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