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05-28-2006, 08:05 PM
I have been considering using a bit of the money I have saved to buy a banana tree (I could keep it in our little greenhouse that my mom generally uses to keep my baby sister's outdoor toys in.). What does anyone think of this? Any suggestions on what variety to choose? Here are a few links....
thanks in advance!!!
05-29-2006, 07:19 AM
anyone have any ideas, suggestions, opinions?
05-29-2006, 09:11 AM
Hi Lunar*Fey, I just bought a dawarf Banana tree and I have it planted in a huge pot I am interested to see in our Minnesota enviroment how it will do. You're so lucky to have a greenhouse I so wished I had one. Obviously I will have to bring my banana tree in the house in the winter but I thought it would be fun to try see if i actually get any fruit from it. I also bought citrus plus a fig tree. Anyway sorry I don't have any more info than that but just thought i would let you know that I purchased one.
Take care Blessings Karen
05-29-2006, 10:39 AM
thanks Karen :)
Now you've given me the idea of getting a fig tree :) YUM. thanks! I love having a greenhouse too, but we're most likely moving soon :(.
Anyway, I think I'll try getting a banana tree
05-29-2006, 11:18 AM
Lunar*Fey you are more than welcome. I love figs too, I will have to let you know how it goes not sure how many years it takes to grow them maybe 3 years. Shame about the moving and the greenhouse but at least you have it for now. Well have fun growing the banana tree if you get one and you'll have to keep me posted on how yours grows. Take Care. Blessings Karen
05-30-2006, 06:50 PM
Hi Karen & Lunarfey! Wow the fruit trees sound wonderful. Karen-You'll have to let me know how they do up here in Mn. You can get a portable greenhouse from places like Home Depot/Menards ( I think) We purchased one from Fleet Farm, but have yet to use it.. :(
05-30-2006, 09:56 PM
Hi Amanda, yes I certainly will let you know how my fruit trees go, I also have a kiwi in the garden. I have had it growing for about 3yrs now so I am hoping it will produce fruit this or next year, I can't wait :D !!!!!!. Yes I have often thought aobut getting a green house I have looked at them but maybe I should look again.
05-31-2006, 10:05 AM
I will let you know how it goes if I end up getting any. We are growing a garden right now of green beans, spaghetti squash, cucumbers, broccoli de rapa, and then I have some herbs growing. We are also going to plant peppers and tomatoes and hopefully we are going to try some musk melon as well :)
05-31-2006, 12:19 PM
Actually, did you know that a 'banana tree' is actually a banana shoot. Yes, a "shoot." It is not a tree b/c it will not reharvest, or at least this is what I have been experiencing as well as told. I have had three banana shoots in the past and I always got so upset b/c they would produce once and never again. Also, since living in the Dominican Republic, I figured out that this is why slash and burn is used so frequently in South America...that is my hypothesis.
So while I looove bananas, they might not be the best thing to grow in your backyard. Right now I am working on my pear and mango trees!! We're moving houses too so our new backyard has room for a small garden....sooo excited!!
05-31-2006, 12:40 PM
Oh yes Vandy, I typed banana tree and then afterward was like oh wait it's not a tree!! lol but I couldn't change it by the time I realized I had typed the wrong thing. thanks for educating. :) By the way, I like that is a good hypothesis lol.
Congratulations on moving and getting room for a garden! That's awesome. And pear and mango trees!? YUM I love mangos and pears. ok, I am just an all around fruit lover. lol.
05-31-2006, 04:01 PM
lol I think that is a great idea!! It's just funny because you recently said that you eat tons of bananas and now you want to buy a banana "tree". :D
I just "rescued" about 4-5 bunches of bananas yesterday. I shop at Vitamin Cottage (organic produce, etc) and they had bags of organic banana bunches for $1 because they were over ripe. I bought most of them and made some banana fruit leather with some and froze the rest. I love bananas!
I made Alissa's crepes with the banana fruit leather.. check out the "I need more food pics" thread to see the pictures. We ate them this morning, they are SO good. I am making more today :D
05-31-2006, 06:05 PM
I had a huge banana tree for over 20 years, never saw any fruit.
but it was huge and beutiful.
05-31-2006, 06:55 PM
I think that your idea is wonderful. I wish I could do that too, but the climate in Hobart is a little too cold. Happy harvesting!
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