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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
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
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 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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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.
Is this what you are buying?
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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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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