[NAFEX] Good tasting banana for a container
Docshiva at Docshiva.org
Sun Feb 5 01:28:50 EST 2006
We're a 9b here, and many bananas grow outdoors all year. Most never fruit,
and they are not varieties intended to fruit. Some do, though. Ours is an
ice cream banana, which has never fruited. I think I'll try Raji Puri .
Did you bring yours indoors? We never get down to 15 here - I would want to
plant it in the yard, rather than a container. Any other variety
Stephen Sadler, Ph.D.
USDA 9, AHS heat zone 8,
Sacramento CA - Mediterranean climate
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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Doreen Howard
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Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Good tasting banana for a container
Raji Puri. It grows 6-8 feet, is fairly cold-hardy (down to 15F) and fruits
in 8 months. It's the sweetest, best-tasting banana I've ever grown. I
don't grow them now, as I live on the Wisconsin-Illinois border, but I spent
a decade on the Texas Gulf Coast (zone 9) where bananas dotted the
landscape. I've tried over a dozen varieties and like Raji Puri the best
for taste. Don't bother with Dwarf Cavendish. The fruit is touted as the
grocery store banana, but in reality, what you grow doesn't taste as good.
And, avoid the cold-hardy bananas, as they are very starchy--almost
BTW, don't cut off the banana top when you bring it indoors. You want it to
shut down gradually and drop its leaves if you are storing it in a dark area
such as a basement. Lay it on its side, if height is the issue. Bananas
are like celery. They grow from the center.
Stokes Tropicals www.stokes.com sells Raji Puri.
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