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Thomson's Banana (Musa thomsonii)

#1 User is offline   wilson 

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 10:43 PM

Taken from my recent blog entry...

Got some seeds of the Thomson's Banana from a friend early in March this year. Only two seedlings survived to date and they have grown a great deal!

Had plain green leaves since the plants germinated from seed in March all this while. Was surprised to find out that the undersides of the leaves of this banana are actually stained red last evening.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v139/kuehlapis/musa_thomsonii101007a.jpg

The two seedlings that grew for me. The reddish tinge is obvious on the leaf underside for the plant on the left side!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v139/kuehlapis/musa_thomsonii101007b.jpg

Another look.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v139/kuehlapis/musa_thomsonii101007c.jpg

A closer look - isn't it beautiful?

Thomson's banana is more of an edible banana and its seeds can be bought from online nurseries that are based overseas. Scientific name is Musa thomsonii. Until we see the fruits and know they are edible, meanwhile I am growing it more like an ornamental banana.

A little more info about this plant - http://www.users.glo.../mthomsonii.htm

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 08:34 AM

Yes, the reddish tinge is quite nice. Edible? hmm.. everyone said it IS a weed!
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Posted 11 October 2007 - 12:23 PM

View Postwilson, on Oct 10 2007, 10:43 PM, said:

Only two seedlings survived to date and they have grown a great deal!

You've done much better than me! I had quite successful germination, and plenty of seedlings, but they eventually, very sadly, all died off one by one. As I've never grown bananas from seed before, I don't know if this is peculiar to this particular one or bananas in general, but it seems while they are very resilient when propogated from suckers, even from fairly mature ones chopped down to just a stump, they seem exceptionally fragile as seedlings.
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Posted 11 October 2007 - 12:40 PM

Hi Mark,

Chong Ren and I had amazing germination rates also. He passed me about 6 seedlings in March. Four of them died off along the way. I repotted the two remaining ones which u see in the picture in commercial potting mix and loads of osmocote at the base of the pot. This method works and the plants experienced a sudden growth spurt some weeks after. I grow them in a shaded area protected from wind.

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 01:24 PM

may like to check and confirm that this banana, however how weedy, may be a cooler growing type that requires some altitude as well as cooler soil to grow well (ie, 600m-1300m)
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Posted 11 October 2007 - 01:27 PM

View Postislaverde, on Oct 11 2007, 01:24 PM, said:

may like to check and confirm that this banana, however how weedy, may be a cooler growing type that requires some altitude as well as cooler soil to grow well (ie, 600m-1300m)


Islaverde,

Haven't tried growing cooler growing bananas before. What would then be its response to our lowland tropical heat?

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 02:17 PM

View Postwilson, on Oct 11 2007, 01:27 PM, said:

Islaverde,

Haven't tried growing cooler growing bananas before. What would then be its response to our lowland tropical heat?

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its response will be:

1. sulk and stop growing
2. turn to mush

if confirmed cool growing, then can check out ensetes which are mostly cool growing too. some cool growing plants have a wide growing range and can adapt to lowland heat; some cannot.
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Posted 11 October 2007 - 03:38 PM

View Postislaverde, on Oct 11 2007, 02:17 PM, said:

its response will be:

1. sulk and stop growing
2. turn to mush

if confirmed cool growing, then can check out ensetes which are mostly cool growing too. some cool growing plants have a wide growing range and can adapt to lowland heat; some cannot.


Hi Islaverde,

So far, I reckon it is still able to tolerate the local climate because the plants with me seem to be growing quite vigorously. Agree with you with regards to the Ensete - those grown in Bukit Timah Road are doing so well.

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 11:06 AM

Well, this is my first post on the Musa thomsonii from seeds. Its starting to turn red, though not as much as Wilson's :P/>
But the good thing is, I think I didnt lost any seedlings at all (or perhaps one tiny one which was outgrown) if I did remember correctly.

http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g29/limxuanhong/Plants%202/DSC00294.jpg

http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g29/limxuanhong/Plants%202/DSC00292-1.jpg

http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g29/limxuanhong/Plants%202/DSC00293.jpg
Well I admit its abit of squeeze in that small pot I'd better repot it soon. ^_^/>
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Posted 03 January 2008 - 11:19 AM

very nicely grown XH.
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Posted 10 January 2008 - 11:12 AM

Dear Wilson;

I recently learnt you're an arch-collector of ornamental & dwarf musa.
Please allow me to join you gentlemen.

For you info, I'm infatuated with ornamental musa of all kinds. They're really splendid!!!
This subforum serves as a catalyst for ornamental musa collection.
Please give me time to seek for reliable nursery and then I will show you my
musa plants soon.

I overheard that there's a plant vendor specialized on ornamental musa at Jatujak weekend market.
He has variety of such plant for sale. I will try to squeeze myself out of laziness to explore.

http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/5015/musasapientumsweetcreamvi6.jpg

This post has been edited by Opus: 10 January 2008 - 11:16 AM

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