Tropicals forum: Musa tropicana (banana plant)

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Lithuania
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Feb 2, 2017 8:48 AM CST
Hello, something happen to my banana plant.
After I bought it from the local store, I repotted it. But it lost the stern. Now it looks like bush from leaves. It doesn't not grow upwards. It just produces new leafs. Now it has 14 leafs. Last 2 leafs on the top are very small.
Could anyone tell me what's going on?
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Feb 2, 2017 9:28 AM CST
Hi Plantage, I believe 'Tropicana' is a commercial name used mostly in Europe for the variety 'Super Dwarf Cavandish'. They appear to be bred to be used as foliage plants although under perfect conditions they could indeed produce fruit. This is unlikely in your climate as they need many months of sunshine and warmth. They tend to stay short and shrub like as you described.

You mention you re-potted it, what type of potting mix did you use? I see some gravel like material on the surface.

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plantladylin
Feb 2, 2017 9:53 AM CST
I agree with Alice that Tropicana is more than likely just a commercial name being used by some growers. I could not find much information but this page has the appearance that it is a cultivar name : http://www.foremostco.com/Cult...

And this UK Amazon page shows Tropicana in single quotes which would also denote it as as a cultivar name: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Musa-...

But I'm leaning towards Tropicana as common name for Dwarf Banana (Musa acuminata 'Super Dwarf Cavendish')
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Feb 2, 2017 1:48 PM CST
So this is Musa acuminata? Well, I bought two of them. Both had a cards with name "Musa tropicana" but another plant looks good. It has a beautiful stern, 6 leaves and looks healthy. Conditions are same: 9 hours daylight + 5 hours grow lights. +22 C. Spray with warm water twice a week.

Potting soil called: UNIVERSAL SOIL FOR TROPICAL PLANTS. On the top on the soil you see: burnt clays.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Feb 2, 2017 2:17 PM CST
I think it is good your plant is at least trying to grow new leaves. In its optimal growing conditions, it likes high humidity, full sun and sustained warm temperatures in the range of 75F to 86F (23C to 30C), lots of water, and rich, moist soil.

Right now you are growing it at 22C, which is in the low scale of its ideal temps. So its growth will not be as active and comparable to being in an ideal tropical outdoor setting that really pushes the plant to grow vigorously.
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Feb 9, 2017 6:15 AM CST
Thank you. By the way, if this plant will ever produce fruits, are they edible?
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ardesia
Feb 9, 2017 6:50 AM CST
If, as I suspect, it is a Super Dwarf Cavendish, yes they are edible.
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