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Musa sumatrana

#1 User is offline   HortVet 

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Posted 19 June 2005 - 12:13 PM

A variant of the regular sumatrana- a lot more of the red and superb colouration. The photo doesn't do it justice- the brilliance of the red is just :drool:/> :drool:/>
sad to say, only 1 plant seen. We did buy 1 potted one from another nursery which seemed to have a bit more of the red compared to "regular" sumatranas, but not like this :cry:
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Posted 01 July 2005 - 11:42 AM

Musa sumatrana is generally a very nice specimen banana when well grown. Very beautiful leaves.
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Posted 05 July 2005 - 10:54 PM

Hi all, I have been planting sumatrana for coming to 3 years and made some observations which I'd like to share.
Here's a pic of my sumatrana taken in Dec 2003. Now it's abt 1.5 times higher and a much thicker clump...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v351/tengiber/3326b10c.jpg
Young plantlets are normally taken out from nurseries and shade. As they grow bigger, the purple/red colouration changes depending on outdoor conditions and changing % of shade around them. The higher % of light they receive, the lighter the purple/red colouration. This red colouration in plants/ foliage are normally used by leaves to adapt to low light conditions. Light which go through the top does not escape through the bottom but reflected back by the red colouration (something like that...).
When plants get more sunlight as they reach higher, they have to reduce the coloration in an adaptive manner to avoid getting burnt...hence, to keep your purple/ red bottomed leaves brightly colored, give them plenty of shade until they grow out of reach.. :flowers:/>
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Posted 06 July 2005 - 01:35 PM

thks for sharing! will observe my sumatrana and see how it fares. Haven't planted it yet- still thinking of the ideal spot!
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Posted 24 January 2006 - 07:34 PM

Oh wow ... i find it very elegant...love the red undersides
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Posted 24 January 2006 - 10:50 PM

prana, latest craze is the variegated musa...absolutely fabulous...most variegation on plants is yellowish but I've seen the variegation on the musa... it is a lovely and almost pure white...and that combined with the fresh light green is also heavenly...
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Posted 25 February 2008 - 08:58 AM

I potted two in a single clay pot one month ago and a shoot is now emerging.
I will be very glad if there are more shoots to make my banana trees form a group of beautiful banana shrub.

http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/1008/bananashootaa7.jpg

http://img159.imageshack.us/img159/1347/bananatreeshq1.jpg
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Posted 05 November 2009 - 04:29 PM

It seems that to planting the sumatrana in part shade produced a deeper leaves color. Here is mine.

http://inlinethumb36.webshots.com/43939/2121642750089451777S600x600Q85.jpg



View PostOpus, on Feb 25 2008, 08:58 AM, said:

I potted two in a single clay pot one month ago and a shoot is now emerging.
I will be very glad if there are more shoots to make my banana trees form a group of beautiful banana shrub.

http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/1008/bananashootaa7.jpg

http://img159.imageshack.us/img159/1347/bananatreeshq1.jpg

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