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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Jan 28, 2017 10:48 AM CST
I got a new plant coming from Gardino nurshery in south FL
It's called the banana shrub it's night blooming with banana smelling blooms. blooms in spring and summer


I will post a photo of the plant when it come in next week Hurray!
Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
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Jan 28, 2017 3:31 PM CST
Michelia figo? If so, it's a very cool plant! A very close relative of Magnolias, you can easily see the resemblance in the blooms, although they are smaller than most magnolia blooms. And each petal often has a reddish burgundy edge (intensity and width varying from plant to plant). And they do smell of bananas! Though, to me it's more of the sweet artificial banana flavoring smell than actual bananas, you can still definitely make the connection!
Name: Alice
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ardesia
Jan 28, 2017 3:53 PM CST
They used to be very common in the south and at certain times of the year the scent could be quite strong. I still remember the first time I was introduced to the banana shrub, it was 50+ years ago and I carried a flower with me all day. LOL
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
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Jan 28, 2017 4:49 PM CST
Yup that's the one I got a phap orchid too at the Como orchid show it was 26 bucks I hope it lives it has green and white flowers
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 28, 2017 8:29 PM CST
Yes, Banana Shrub (Magnolia figo) formerly known as Michelia figo. I've had this plant for a long time and love it; mine blooms in the daytime. The blooms are really fragrant!
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 28, 2017 8:32 PM CST
Do you know the name of your Paphiopedilum Orchid? We have quite a few listed in the database: https://garden.org/plants/brow...
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Jan 28, 2017 8:35 PM CST
No its an unannounced hybrid



I think it's a good buy for 26 dollars
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 28, 2017 8:40 PM CST
I've never tried growing Paphs but they sure are interesting orchids!
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Jan 29, 2017 8:19 AM CST
We keep the house mid 70s which is a bit warm at night but otherwise this is good.


If it reblooms I'm hooked Crossing Fingers! Rolling my eyes.
Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Jan 29, 2017 8:26 AM CST
It is a very healthy looking paph.

Here is some info on the Michelia.
http://floridata.com/Plants/Ma...

I see you are in MN. Do bear in mind both the paph and the banana shrub grow in humid environments.
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Name: Sandi
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Jan 29, 2017 9:07 PM CST

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When I was little, (in the 50s) we had that shrub that my mother called Magnolia fuscata. She would put the flower petals in my pinafores. The scent was overwhelming to me and I would dump them when she wasn't looking.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 29, 2017 9:21 PM CST
Sandi, Magnolia fuscata is a synonym for Banana Shrub (Magnolia figo) and although I think the flower fragrance is amazing; if I grew it as an indoor houseplant it would be overpowering.

I grew a lot of Hoya plants a few years ago and one winter I moved a couple of them into the house, thinking it would be a pleasant air freshener ... although the fragrance was wonderful, within a short time it just became so overpowering and I had to put them all back outside!
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Jan 29, 2017 9:47 PM CST
Wondering if it could be container grown, overwintered in the basement? Looks like an interesting shrub from what I've read
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Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Jan 30, 2017 4:41 AM CST
It is an evergreen shrub so it would not have a dormant period. If you could supply plenty of light it might do fine in a basement. As long as it stays above freezing it is happy. Logee's sells them as container plants.
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Jan 30, 2017 9:34 PM CST
I wonder if it minds consistent temputre in the mid to high 70s with central heating during Winter I know it needs a bit more light then what I have I could always get some more lamps for my room


It's going outside in late may or late April so it can grow better it should be okay I heard it's hardy to 30 degrees it said so on the site I brought it from if it's 40 degrees in Jan now it should be an early spring I think


Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
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Feb 2, 2017 5:16 PM CST
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 2, 2017 6:00 PM CST
Very nice Alex!
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Feb 3, 2017 8:40 AM CST
I agree
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Feb 3, 2017 9:30 AM CST
Thanks again


It was really dry when I got it so I gave it a good drink I'm curious to see how it will do hopefully it does okay untill summer when I can put it outside


I was told to repot it into a large container or the ground not a viable option for my zone I also used moisture retentive mix is this a problem ?



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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
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Feb 5, 2017 8:02 PM CST
Granted its in a really big pot I hear they like root room


I moved it closer to the light too

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