I've looked through the plant files ... I figure its a normal or giant Cavendish ... possibly ... I have a bulb and a few babies I wanted to put up in the DG market place ... If I don't know what exact kind it is ... I don't see myself being able to sell them. Even If I don't sell them, I'd still love to know what kind they are. The bananas are soo sweet. I won't eat banana's from the store anymore. I've been told that they are plantains ... but that's only when someone is told that the bananas are sweet and small ... but from what I've seen in the stores of what a plantain is ... those things are huge!!
plantains are typically larger than bananas. here is a link on differences. bsgardens, yours are bananas if they are sweet when eaten out of hand. though my banana plants and yours are both very tall varieties, the fruit is usually somewhat smaller than what we see in the stores. http://grabemsnacks.com/what-is-a-plantain.html
i beleive it is musa "icecream" since it has the burgandy red bloom,the pink leaf ribbs,the black spotting on the psuedostem,i am a avid banana collector and grower, but identifying a noid musa can be difficult,if the nanners taste like vanilla icecream? its the iceceam !! if not ill post it on my favorite website"bananas.org" for you and im sure they can id it for you :)
Also try the website: bananaplants.com. They have alot of pictures and explanations of the traits of the diffrent plants. They helped me narrow down what type of banana I have. I hope you have the icecream kind, it sounds good! :D
Hi Dianne, I ended up e-mailing them. They told me that could be any of 20 out of 200. But didn't tell me what 20 they might be ... I e-mailed them back to see if they'll put a list together for me. I'll have to find a local nanner expert over to the house ... well I'll have to find one first ... LOL
I think I'm going to wait until the bananas on this one tree are ripe and try them and see if they taste like Vanilla Icecream.
That has been my coclusion. I asked around on different banana plant sites and no one is willing to help. The one who said its one of 20 possible bananas. I asked if they could maybe tell me what those 20 are ... there response was "NOPE".
Mine grows the 15-20 foot ... So, I'll have to concudefor noe its a giant musa acuminata - cavendish.
I'll leave this thread up for a bit longer to see if there are any other input.
As you likely already know, watch getting banana plant sap on your clothes. Makes brown stains on white t-shirts. I get the same thing from some philodendrons.
Did you protect your banana this past winter?
Kalpavriksha - No, I didn't protect them & lost a few from root rot. Most of them are waay to big to cover. But I find that if we cut them back after the freezes they tend to come back. I had one that we cut back shoot a flower out and produce bananas within a months time. I'll have to look and find the picture of it when it started flowering .. I'm not sure If I got one of it with the banana's on it.
Metrosideros - Thank you so much ... I'll have to look them up on here and see if there is a plant file on it... :D
if they are the kind that I think they are they are very popular in PR, we call them "guineitos ninos" translated in English means baby banana here is a picture of the ones that are see if they look like yours http://lh4.ggpht.com/_FHL9UssUPoY/THE0kl0UadI/AAAAAAAAAng/maDPMokaisU/s1600-h/guineitos niños.jpg and if so here are great for cooking usually the way that they are prepared is a mix of flour, sugar salt and a little vanilla extract you dip them in the mix and then you fry them, they turn even sweeter after frying them, but there are many recipes online but most are in Spanish.