Friday, September 28, 2012

Musa 'Mekong Giant'....I'm not taking sides on the name

There seems to be some dispute as to the species to which this cultivar belongs: yunnanensis or itinerans. At any rate, it's a new hardy banana for the Asian Collections. This one is pushing ten feet to the top of the leaf. Brad got it last year late, grew it through the winter, then let us, the Asian Collections, plant out a couple. The other one is in the Central Valley and not as well serviced by the irrigation. It's surviving but not growing like this one. I actually bought a small plant at he Philadelphia Flower Show this year from Dragon Agro Products. It's not developed the trunk diameter this plant has, but it did start out much smaller. It's almost as tall. None of the three have pupped so far and obviously none have survived a winter in the garden yet. We'll have to see how it goes.

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