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Type of Banana Palm?

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Jinx starts with ...
Hi there, hoping some of you avid gardeners can help me. We have moved into a new house about 4 months ago and there is a banana palm. I didn't think anything of it when we moved in but noticed today that it has flowered and set fruit. I am wondering if any of you could identify the variety from the attached picture so that I have some idea of maturing time and if I need to try and protect from frost etc to keep the fruit!

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24th February 2013 12:49am
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trikus says...
Impossible to tell really . Wait for fruit to mature .
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24th February 2013 10:57am
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Jinx says...
Ok, thanks. Thought that might be the case!
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trikus says...
Fruit should ripen before it gets to cold .
Enjoy , get local paper around to take pictures .
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Jason says...
I'm hoping this bunch will ripen before June but I'm not that hopeful. I don't know how long they will take this far South or even how long they take up North.
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Brendan says...
About 6 months up here Jason. That's usually from when the bell first forms to mature fruit.
What variety is it? Some take longer than others.
You've done well mate! You too should also get the local paper around to take photos :-)
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VF says...
Wow Jason, that's great! Growing boundaries stretching well. :)
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Jason says...
Thanks guys, that's a Dwarf Ducasse. I really haven't even looked after it anything special it had no fertiliser in the last 12 months. The secret was just planting it near the house. Extra heat mass and maybe more importantly some lime stone from the foundation made all the difference to my cold conditions and crap acid soil. If it takes 6 months up North I might not be eating bananas before xmass and that's not even being funny :P as for sure it wont grow at all from May till November.

Out in the paddock Dwarf Ducasse performed the best so I figured it was the one to try near the house to get a decent bunch :). I don't think Bananas need a super amount of heat just lots of juice. They certainly aren't any Mango or Papaya when it comes to heat required that's for sure.
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VF says...
Well, something's working Jason and you can grow more. I'm having a mental image of you growing more 'nanas and selling at a road-side stall - people seeing sign for 'local grown bananas' going "What the?!!!" hehe :)

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Jason says...
I can never see myself selling a banana that takes 3 years to fruit when you can buy them for $1.99 per kg year round lol. I'd have to charge $100 per banana to ever consider it :P. It's the kind of fruit you only grow for fun.
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VF says...
Lol Jason :). Hope you didn't think I was being serious re selling :P ?? [I just amuse myself with silly things that probably aren't even funny to others :)]

At 3 years, I hope they're really good!
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trikus says...
I think your bunch will mature before the cold sets in .. 12 weeks is pretty common time for bunch to fill out . And Ducasse is well worth the wait .. Aren't they usually a lot more expensive than Crapindish ? ;-)
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Jason says...
I was being funny too :). The only bananas that make it down here are Cavendish and lady finger. I tasted a gold finger in qld, kinda weird.. But OK!. Never tasted a ducasse. Its been about 1.5 weeks since the flower emerged I guess.
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