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Rare Banana

Discussion in 'EDIBLES AND SUSTAINIBILITY' started by Moose, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. Moose

    Moose Active Member

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    Yum 1.JPG Yum 2.JPG A rare fruiting occurance in my garden. Can't wait to eat 'um! ;)
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  2. rpebinger

    rpebinger Member

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    Update Moose? You eat any of those Ae Ae 'naners yet? Nice looking fruit ~ enjoy it.

    Rich
  3. Moose

    Moose Active Member

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    Banana 1.JPG Banana 2.JPG Rich - they are not ready yet. Unfortunately they are catching the eye of many a passerby. This banana is growing by the sidewalk.

    I checked my original planting area and ... hey I gotta a back-up bunch. :p
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  4. Rags

    Rags New Member

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    You better get a net around those to stop the birds....
  5. Moose

    Moose Active Member

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    AeAe Fruit.JPG Allan - I am more concerned about "two legged ground squirrels" than the birds. The banana stalk in the first post was growing very near my fence. A pick-up truck could have backed up to the fence, some loppers and be gone in 15 seconds. Since the Tropical Fern and Exotic Plant Society was having their show, my son James and I harvested the stalk. It was displayed at the cash register table in the Members Section (see photo). ;)

    It weighs about 70 lbs. and they should be ripe very soon. Harvested last Saturday. :p
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  6. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    Moose - I'll have to experience them vicariously through your tasting. The local pheasants find mine way before they are ready for me. Reportedly this variety was reserved for the Hawaiian royalty. You will have to tell me if they are they are that special. Sure are is an eye catcher - both the fruit and the plant.
  7. Moose

    Moose Active Member

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    AeAe 1.JPG And now the daughter is fruiting ... :p
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  8. Moose

    Moose Active Member

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    I'm noticing that some of the white areas are blushing a creamy yellow coloring. My in-laws are visiting from Iowa, so I'm gonna harvest tomorrow so they can take some with them. Pretty certain they are ready. :cool:

    I've got 75 mangos (Hayden) peeled & cut up in the freezer for them. My Mother-in-law saw my Keitt Mango tree loaded with fruit and went bonkers. :eek:
  9. Moose

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    AeAe 1.JPG AeAe 2.JPG
    :confused: oops - what happend to the pics?
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  10. kwtimo

    kwtimo Member

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    Moose, those are some amazing bananas! I have had difficulty figuring out what conditions these are happiest in, and have lost a few plants in the process. My plant is wimpy compared to yours, but I can have hope yet. They seem to want some direct sun, but not too much, unlike most bananas that want to bask in all day sun. maloney june 034.jpg
  11. Moose

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    Tim - this is a very difficult plant to place. Being a banana it wants sun. Having all that white variegation - it will burn rapidly and brown. Hey, this banana originated in Hawaii. Hawaii has more cloud cover and a much less harsh sun although its situated closer to the equator. They can grow Vershaffeltia splendida in full sun there, it would be toast here. The best I can tell you is place your plant where it gets strong sun light for a couple of hours a day, fused sunlight for the rest of the day. Perhaps between some palms. I do not think they will fruit without a decent amount of sun exposure.

    Sorry I can not provide a more definitive answer. There is a reason why they are a difficult grow and even harder to fruit. :p
  12. Moose

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    AeAe.JPG Wow I can't believe it. From post # 9, dated June 6th of this year - a sucker exploded after this banana bunch got harvested. Now look at it, its fruiting 6 months 21 days later. Photo taken this evening. This is the Grand Daughter
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  13. James_Guam

    James_Guam New Member

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    Greetings all! I acquired one of these variegated AeAe banana plants online and it's on its way to Guam! I am curious if anyone else in the tropics is growing this and any tips/suggestions or observations on growing this sexy banana.

    Just a little info on our banana trees. Here at our "ranch" we grow several different types of bananas. A dwarf Cavendish cultivar locally called chotdan guåhú (tsotdan gwah-HU), the Praying hands banana chotdan bendito, some type of dessert banana which we call "Saba", a banana which is very starchy and used in for cooking and is locally referred to as chotdan tanduki, another cooking banana called chotdan long, a red skinned banana of some sort, chotdan agaga', a banana called "Fiji" in English and locally as chotdan Palau (which literally means banana plant from Palau haha---which is not in Fiji), and a small banana only 3-4" in length which we call Manila bananas, chotdan Manila. Oh, chotdan just means "banana plant". I also got my hands on a really cool looking red colored decorative banana plant at the local nursery called "Royal Siam" but it does not have a local name. Not even sure if the fruits are edible.

    These plants we have here aren't too finicky, make sure they get established and let them go bonkers. I've seen some very conflicting information on the internet about these AeAe banana plants so I was curious to see what you guys have to say experience wise. Thanks in advance!
  14. Moose

    Moose Active Member

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    The challenge with these bananas in south Florida is they prefer an acidic soil. Lots of mulching needed here to lower the pH level. They are need a tropical climate. Can withstand only short minor cold spells.
  15. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    Unfortunately, mine is coming out today. I recently discovered a terrible pest here that I determined is the cause of some recent palm deaths of some very rare and mature palms. And after a lot of research, and the hanging of some special pheromone traps from the Netherlands last night, the culprit is the banana moth that looks like it has taken up a breeding population in my large Ae Ae.

    These are very tricky critters, and it appears as if many palm, ti, heliconia, etc. problems I have been experiencing lately is this moth, or more specifically the larvae - which are super hard to detect - as they burrow into the heart, and by the time you see any damage it is bad news.

    So anyway, I may save a few suckers and start over with more careful monitoring - now that I know what to look for. So anyway, here are a few pics.

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