These two pups came from the same parent plant. Here on Maui they call this banana "manini". The wind blew over the parent plant so when I replanted it I separated the pups. The white pup was far and away the largest of three then. I thought it wouldn't survive, but now, seven weeks later, it's still putting out pure white leaves.
I'm wondering that as well. It seems unlikely that my plant could get as large as it is without any photosynthesis at all. It was separated from the parent plant long before any leaves had opened, so the argument that the energy has all come from the parent plant seems weak to me. Certainly the other pups, which were much smaller when separated from the parent, have all outgrown their all-white sibling, but the white plant is not just surviving, but continuing to put out new leaves. There must be more to this equation. Further, I haven't been babying it, either. It seems the biggest threat to the plant at the moment is sunburn. Although it is in a rather shady place the sun does get to it during parts of the day and the leaves burn.
I recently saw a picture posted of a white monstera. Was that yours, homer1958?
I will post another picture to show the plant's progress.
No... Mine is from a friend in Germany. I received it back in Feb.-Mar. The leaves reverted to white from variegated after two leaves in ascending white vs. green/white. Keeps growing white leaves and this will be the third when it opens.
Lovely tropical garden! Could be a picture of a windward garden in Hawaii. :-) No, I don't know who sells the ae ae banana. I know that they are not easy to come by here on Maui. I bought mine from a sale at the Maui Nui Botanical Garden. I'm guessing they do not export any banana plants from Hawaii due to the bunchy top virus. I do see them advertised for sale from time to time on the mainland. I would try searching for the other names by which it is known, since if you asked for an ae ae banana here few people would know what you wanted. I've also heard them called royal Hawaiian bananas (especially on the mainland), Hawaiian variegated banana, koae, and manini. You will have pups soon, no doubt.
Here is another picture of the white pup taken exactly 8 weeks after the first picture.
You can see how the leaves have sunburned. You can also see sunburn on the white areas of its now much larger sibling.
Here is a picture of the parent plant. I had originally planted it in an area with full sun. The white disappeared from the new leaves. After it blew over I replanted it in a much shadier location and the white returned to the new leaves.
What a major difference, I just love the white variegated, I've got to get me one of those, I have the zebrina blood and I thought that was the eye catcher, but I'm loving the white & green. Here's my zebrina I picked up for $4.00 and it already has a new pup.
koa, as far as I know the fruit is not edible and It wont be in my lifetime I'd see any bananas anyway LOL
When I went out this morning to water I notice a brand new pup popped up last night, I'm thrilled :>)
It is in the shade except for a very short part of the day. I had thought about putting something over it to give it more shade and then I wondered about whether that would hinder its ability to make food. I'm reluctant to dig it up now. You have a good point, though, because the sunburn can't be doing the plant any favors. I will ponder on it. Perhaps I could rig some sort of shade sail over the top.
I met a man this past week who has three Ae's in his yard - they are huge. I will get a picture the next time I'm over there. He also has a couple of other variegated Banana plants - forgot what he called them, but I swear they are 15' tall!
Fascinating! You don't show the other leaf, but if that stays in good shape it could support the rest of the plant of white leaves! Cool. I was at Lowe's today in the garden center, and I came across this caladium. Perhaps you are familiar with it. I've never seen one before. It had the tiniest edge of green, and yet that seems to support the whole plant!
Would anyone be able to tell that type of banana leaf that is used to wrap and steam food? Southeast Asian use them in a lot of desserts & dumplings. It turns the food green & impart a unique flavor. The leaves are sold frozen in Asian supermarket but I rather grow my own. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
If my husband didn't repeatedly mow down my pecan seedlings when we first moved to this property fifteen years ago, I would have knee-high pecan trees by now. They're that slow. These I ordered are grafted so at least my future grandkids will get to harvest my hard work.