Plant ID forum: Banana plant ID

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Name: Cameron Allen
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TexasPlumeria87
Jul 7, 2012 5:59 PM CST
Hi I'm new to this site, I found it when I was searching for info on epiphyllums. I bought a banana plant from Home Depot last month. It was labeled 'musa-banana' It has a lot of powder on the stems and on the backside of the leaves. The petioles have a hint of red/pink to them and the leaves are dark green. I was thinking it could be Blue Java (Ice Cream) banana but I'm not sure. The new leaves are a very bright green, almost yellow when they emerge. Any ideas what it could be? Thanks

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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jul 7, 2012 6:09 PM CST
Welcome to ATP and keep checking back. Someone will be along to ID your banana plant, or ask questions to help ID it. I have bananas, but I don't think I can give a definitive ID. I have an ice cream banana, but it is still small from lack of water. Doesn't quite look like yours. I can tell you that every plant I've had trouble IDing on my own has been correctly ID'd here.
Name: Cameron Allen
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TexasPlumeria87
Jul 7, 2012 7:03 PM CST
Thank you Sandi! I'll keep checking back here. When I planted it a couple of weeks ago, a few of the leaves got sunburned. I was worried about it at first, but now the newer leaves are more sun tolerant. I've had many banana plants in the past but all of them died. I had a basjoo but last year the heat and drought killed it. I also had an Orinoco, a Rojo banana, and Little Prince. I'm hoping this banana plant survives. Its already put out 2 new leaves since I bought it, and a third leaf is already starting to emerge.
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jul 7, 2012 7:33 PM CST
I have monkey fingers, ice cream, red siam, and a few I can't ID. None have ever had bananas, except the red siam. I thought I had lost it, but it rose from the dead after our mild winter. I also have the Chinese yellow banana that isn't really a banana. It has bloomed every fall. Long lasting blooms and quite a conversation starter.
Don't give up and keep checking back!
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jul 7, 2012 7:35 PM CST
Wow you have a lot of banana plants. I've seen the red siam before, its amazing that it survived the winter. I had several Chinese yellow bananas but the drought claimed those too lol.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jul 7, 2012 7:42 PM CST
I just posted on the Tropical forum to see if anyone could help you.
Name: Cameron Allen
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TexasPlumeria87
Jul 7, 2012 7:45 PM CST
Thank you Sandi, I really appreciate it. I would love to find out what variety it is so I know how tall it will grow and if its one of the more hardy bananas like Orinoco.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jul 7, 2012 7:55 PM CST
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Name: Cameron Allen
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TexasPlumeria87
Jul 7, 2012 8:13 PM CST
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Name: Cameron Allen
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TexasPlumeria87
Jul 11, 2012 7:05 PM CST
I have some updated pictures of my banana plant. Maybe someone will be able to ID better?

New leaf is pale, and the back of the leaf looks almost white. The petiole is red/pink
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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Aug 6, 2012 10:14 AM CST
Looks a lot like my Golden lotus banana.
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Susan

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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Aug 7, 2012 2:20 PM CST
Hi Virginiarose, it does look similar your Golden Lotus banana. I had a Golden Lotus banana last year but it died. The leaves were a lot smaller than the banana I have now, and less pointed at the end. Does your Golden Lotus banana have a red petiole?
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Aug 7, 2012 6:38 PM CST
No I don't think so, but I think it is supposed to have a Golden flower. I have not seen one yet. Whistling
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Aug 8, 2012 4:10 PM CST
I've seen pictures of the golden flowers, I was hoping mine would bloom. The first one I got died from mealybugs and scale, then a friend gave me 6 small plants and those died last year in the drought lol. Today it finally rained and its pushing out its 7th leaf. I wish it would grow taller
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
Money talks but Chocolate Sings!
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
virginiarose
Aug 8, 2012 5:20 PM CST
I hear this one I have only gets three feet tall. But it is hardy, I just wish it were taller. I will be on the look out for a taller hardy banana. They had some at a local garden center last year but I did not get one. Sad
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Birds Annuals Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Foliage Fan
Houseplants Xeriscape Orchids Clematis Salvias Seed Starter
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TexasPlumeria87
Aug 9, 2012 11:15 AM CST
Don't the flowers also last for months? The most cold hardy banana is basjoo, I had one, but I got scorched even though it was in a mostly shaded area. I read that basjoo is more of a temperate climate banana. The heat is just to intense to grow them here. I had an Orinoco banana, which is another cold hardy species, I think California Gold and Dwarf Orinoco are the hardiest of the edible bananas. This year I've only seen Blood bananas and the banana plant I currently have, which a friend told me was an Ice Cream banana

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