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fruitlovermyles starts with ...
Hi both my dwarf cavendish bananas have this pattern on the leaves is this a disease?
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17th January 2014 4:53pm
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coastie says...
Hi, I have dwarf Cavendish ,they don't have that pattern on the leaf,but my blood banana leaves have that pattern.It is not a disease but unique marking, hence the common name 'blood' banana,the fruits are hardly edible, mainly grown for the attractive leaves
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17th January 2014 8:22pm
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fruitlovermyles says...
hmmm interesting :( LOL! these came from cool bananas with a dwarf cavendish sticker on them.lucky i also got two red dacca banana plants.
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17th January 2014 8:33pm
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coastie says...
I have dwarf C's from cool bananas too,red and yellow, they have produced heaps of fruit over 4-5yrs.The blood banana grows beautiful leaves and the plant itself is good and strong,I got a sucker from a friend,now I keep it in a pot,it suckers freely and grows large[20ft].
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17th January 2014 8:43pm
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fruitlovermyles says...
i don't understand because humphrey nursery don't grow that banana according to there website so very confusing.
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17th January 2014 8:47pm
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coastie says...
Definitely looks like blood banana to me.
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17th January 2014 9:05pm
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fruitlovermyles says...
yes knowing my luck they probably are thanks to bunnings and humprey nurseries gah ill have to see if i can get another 2 red daccas as replacments.
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17th January 2014 9:31pm
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peter3000 says...
i have bought bananas from bunnings
with the same markings as yours f/lover
and they have grown to produce fruit
just mine, in fact ive just harvested
a big bunch and another is growing.
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17th January 2014 10:06pm
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fruitlovermyles says...
really peter any chance you can put a photo of them up now and when there ripe and report back if there any good? i guess ill just keep them and plant them and if there no good ill just plant more red dacca suckers.
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17th January 2014 10:28pm
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peter3000 says...
i dont have a camera but i could text
you a picture if you leave your no.
i cut the bunch 2 days ago when the
top hand was yellow thinking ill eat
the banannas over the next couple of weeks as they yellow this morning
they were already yellow a third the
way down and when i got home this afternoon the whole bunch was yellow.
they taste good but preety much like
any other good vatiety, they are only
about 100mm long.
the next bunch is a differant variety.

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17th January 2014 11:01pm
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fruitlovermyles says...
oh ok fair enough nah its ok as long as there a edible banana im pretty happy with that.i was thinking humphrey wouldn't selling a ornamental banana.thanks peter so you say a different variety as in you have the same looking variety as ours and produce different fruit?
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trikus says...
most bananas have these red marks when young ,, pictured leaf was Goldfinger n ot long after planting .
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18th January 2014 6:03am
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coastie says...
My DW.C.have never had those markings,just plain dark green leaves....I will look forward to the finished product.
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18th January 2014 12:29pm
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fruitlovermyles says...
id say trikus is right because the markings look like those exactly there black like them not red.
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18th January 2014 11:36pm
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fruitlovermyles says...
reply from from the cool bananas nursery:

Hello Miles,
Dwarf Cavendish produces full size "normal" bananas but on a dwarf plant
which should reach approximately 1.5 to 2.5 metres tall. It is perfectly
normal to have that reddish mottling on the leaves. You have been
misinformed on the forum so I am pleased you contacted me to get the facts.
Enjoy your fruits; they are so much more delicious than store bought plants!
Happy gardening.
Lisa Matchan
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20th January 2014 8:40pm
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Markmelb says...
Ive had a dwarf cavendish for 4 summers now and still no sign of a fruit stem???
Looks great get thu winter ok nice looking plant but Nooooooo FRUIT and Im no novice - this year increased potassium still Nuttin - beatiful plumage tho - lol

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fruitlovermyles says...
can't really help mark i am in a area where fruits like bananas,mangoes,papaya fruit well from observing peoples front and backyards here on the central coast nsw :) if i was you living in melbourne i would take advantage of your chill hours.back to bananas there extremely heavy feeders which you know i don't think i would plant bananas any other way then a "banana cirlce" here is a link

http://permaculturenews.org/2008/06/23/build-a-banana-circle/
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21st January 2014 12:14am
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Mike Tr says...
Markmelb make sure it get plenty of P and K.I personally am not a fan of cavendish and dwarf cavendish.We have very few varieties of bananas compared to most tropical areas of the world.If only we could get another 20 or 30 types in that would suite a wider range of climates and be at the top quality end of the scale.
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Brendan says...
Hi Markmelb, in pic 2, the dwarf cavendish, you have too many suckers growing mate. Select your best one, then remove the rest. that will help it bear.
Don't worry, extra suckers will emerge when the tree is bigger.
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Markmelb says...
Thanks Mike - was sort of thinking that way and try and leave 3 - a Large a medium and a baby sucker - what do you suggest pulling it from pot section ones to remove with as much root as possible and then repot with new potting mix on lost sections and pot up suckers.
May even put one in ground somewhere that has some wind protection - Cheers, Mark
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