Tropicals forum: Banana to be and Jaboticaba update

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Name: Alex Junge
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Plantsmylove
Dec 6, 2016 2:28 PM CST
I found a strain of banana from Baker creek, called truly tiny it only gets 4 feet maxium. I was thinking of growing my own semi hardy bananas Outside in summer/ inside a warehouse under lights in winter.

I'm interested in cultivating, dwarf Banana I have never grown them before.


Also My Jaboticia- a tree bush like plant from Brazil. I remember posting doom and gloom about how this plant wouldn't survive, our zone 4 winters. I'm happy to report After tinkering with the knowing it lives in water it Is doing MUCH better this winter. I have it under lights and in a tray of water. From time to time I give it showers in our tub.It isn't losing a lot of leaves and its actually growing quite rapidly for its species. I have a friend, Mary Divine, who works for the pininor press and I may get an article in the garden section of the newspaper. When it gets too large for our house/my room I plan on giving it to a warehouse to grow under lights. I think I've devised a sucessful way of growing it. Gardino nurshery would be proud Hurray!
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plantladylin
Dec 7, 2016 3:39 PM CST
Alex, I wonder if the Banana plant sold by Baker Creek might be Dwarf Banana (Musa acuminata 'Super Dwarf Cavendish') It sure is a cutie and would be fun to grow if it truly does stay small.

Jaboticaba (Plinia cauliflora) is an interesting looking tree; I'd never heard of that one. It looks like they get pretty big to be grown as an indoor plant so I tip my hat to you. hats off to you for doing a good job with it indoors under lights!

Do you have any photos to share?
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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Dec 12, 2016 7:36 PM CST
Plantsmylove said: I found a strain of banana from Baker creek, called truly tiny it only gets 4 feet maxium. I was thinking of growing my own semi hardy bananas Outside in summer/ inside a warehouse under lights in winter.

I'm interested in cultivating, dwarf Banana I have never grown them before.


Is this what you are buying?

http://www.rareseeds.com/banan...

Shame on Baker Creek for not telling you the latin name. I guess Truly Tiny is its common name and research indicates it may be a miniature version of the Dwarf Cavendish Banana, Musa acuminata.

I just bought a Dwarf Cavendish this fall and have a 2 year old Musa basjoo in the ground.
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ardesia
Dec 15, 2016 6:47 AM CST
Baker Creek generally lists botanical names but for the Truly Tiny says "they believe this to be the smallest....." Nothing definite, so that wording tells me they do not have a good handle on the exact cultivar (more DNA testing necessary) or there is some question on the heritage that may involve a patent on the parent plants. I would suspect an exact botanical name to be listed at some future point after all the legalities are settled.
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