Tropicals forum: Truly tiny musa indoors?

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Name: seaecho
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seaecho
Sep 13, 2014 8:20 PM CST
Does anyone grow this little banana plant indoors? I'm not interested in bananas, just getting a plant. I had a "Prince" that I grew hydrophonically, and it lived a good year or more before dying. Appeared very healthy too. If I get one, I was thinking of keeping it in soil this time around. Any suggestions? Like I said, I've only had one banana before. I read that the Truly Tiny only gets to about 2 feet, which is what I want, since I've also read the Super dwarf Cavandish gets to 3 feet or more. With all my other plants, I don't have room for a huge/tall plant. I live in S. California, and it would be in a west window, in dappled sun. Full sun is too much here in my high desert region. I'd like to hear your experiences, or if I should get another variety other than Truly Tiny for any reason. Thanks!
Name: Evan
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eclayne
Sep 14, 2014 10:50 AM CST

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I've not grown it but the Agristarts site notes a height of 2 to 4 feet. Look at the outdoor photo.
http://www.agristarts.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/plants.plantD...
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Name: seaecho
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seaecho
Sep 14, 2014 2:34 PM CST
Beautiful plant! Thank you for the link! I was wondering if it would do as well indoors as on a patio. Anyone else?
Name: tarev
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tarev
Sep 16, 2014 2:22 PM CST
I do not grow bananas here, but I have seen them in my home country, where they truly love full sun, heat and high humidity. Never really seen them grown indoors because of that. I would think in your area, your primary concern will be how much humidity and watering you can provide to make it thrive well.
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Sep 16, 2014 3:00 PM CST
I think the Super Dwarf Cavendish would suit you - I have one that stays at about 3 feet and does fine in bright shade but as Tarev mentioned, it's going to want lots of water and humidity.

Here is a picture of mine .. it's about 4 years old. I put the chair next to it for scale.

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Sep 16, 2014 3:22 PM CST
In my home country we get about 6 months of torrential monsoon rains, typhoons and flash floods. Our humidity there is almost always 90 to 100%

Now, Cali, where we both live, is the flipside of it...6 months or more of no rain..humidity low to very low, and currently in this on going drought.

But that is a really cute banana plant..maybe that cultivar will fare better who knows..no harm in experimenting..as long as it is not too expensive for you. But do think about the humidity and moisture aspect. I have seen some areas here that try to grow Bananas..but it is so sad looking..the leaves are lackluster, but they grow maybe on drip timer, and they are outdoors.

If your location in SoCal is coastal, maybe you may have a chance to grow it..but if you are way too inland..might be too dry for it during the warm months and too cold during winter.
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Sep 16, 2014 4:45 PM CST
High desert would be tough to grow, I'm thinking. At least not outdoors. I see lots of trees with fruit in coastal Orange County but we do get the marine influence, with high humidity at night. If you have a swamp cooler to add humidity you might be ok indoors if it gets enough sun.
Name: seaecho
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seaecho
Sep 16, 2014 10:17 PM CST
It would be strictly an indoor plant. And yes, humidity in the single digits sometimes! No swamp cooler--we have central air. It would get enough sun, as it would be in a west window. I'm also wondering now, if the Super Dwarf Cavendish might be a better choice for me. Thanks for the pic, Xera! That's one beautiful plant! I suppose the one I had did so well was because it was grown hydrophonically and therefore got more humidity than one in a pot with soil would. I really appreciate the answers!

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