Dwarf Banana Plant 40cm, £2.50 or 2 for £4 @ Lidl from 18/7
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Dwarf Banana Plant 40cm, £2.50 or 2 for £4 @ Lidl from 18/7

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Found 15th Jul 2013
Lidl is at it again! After the palms and coconuts, here are the bananas. This is a Dwarf Banana, Musa tropicana although some online research suggest it might actaully be Musa dwarf cavendishii (but don't quote me on that). These are indoor plants in the UK but could have a spell outdoors in the sort of weather we're having at the moment. The plant is 40cm in an 11.7cm pot. They £2.50 each or 2 for £4. I've bought a lot of Lidl plants and I'm impressed by the quality - decent sized plants, good root systems and disease/pest free.

ETA - they're also getting in clematis, celosia, gerbera, kalanchoe and begonia on the 18th - various prices/sizes.

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Celosia are a great looking plant - I actually threw a load into my borders this year (they're really a tub plant that should be brought into a conservatory if getting chilly) and, touch wood, they're going great.

Good spot ceres, I'll be having a good sniff around Lidl on the 18th.

Original Poster

I saw celosias in Homebase about a month ago and I was sorely tempted but I hate paying a full price for plants (I'm the one that rescues all the reduced to 10p for a quick sale sad specimens!) so I left them. But these ones are great value so I'll be at Lidl on Thursday (again)!

How likely is it to fruit?

Civic EG6

How likely is it to fruit?


unlikely without a lot of care, attention

heat and feeding. I had a musa basjoo fruit this year, it was a 5 year old plant. oh, and they die after fruiting.

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Civic EG6

How likely is it to fruit?



There's no reason why not if you can give them the right conditions. They're an edible strain and are self-fertile so having just one and being indoors isn't a problem. The earliest you're likely to get fruit (if you're lucky) is a year.
Edited by: "ceres" 15th Jul 2013

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laserface

unlikely without a lot of care, attention heat and feeding. I had a … unlikely without a lot of care, attention heat and feeding. I had a musa basjoo fruit this year, it was a 5 year old plant. oh, and they die after fruiting.



I don't know if the large varieties are different (don't think so) but the dwarfs don't die after fruiting. The stem that bears the fruit (which is actually a pseudostem) dies, but the plant produces 'pups' or offshoots at the base which carry on.

Ok, banana plants do not die after fruiting. If there grown in seriously high temperatures they may fruit when it's a mature plant, left out over winter it will need lots of protection and will look like it's died back but should come back again the following year. If kept indoors e.g in the lounge it will keep all its leaves.

sarahloub

Ok, banana plants do not die after fruiting. If there grown in seriously … Ok, banana plants do not die after fruiting. If there grown in seriously high temperatures they may fruit when it's a mature plant, left out over winter it will need lots of protection and will look like it's died back but should come back again the following year. If kept indoors e.g in the lounge it will keep all its leaves.




All banana varieties die after fruiting although they may pup if your lucky. I collect
and grow many varieties and have done for years. check hardytropical and bananas.org. sikkimensis and basjoo will survive a uk winter outside and grow back from the ground if planted deep enough. There is zero chance of a Cavendish surviving a uk winter outside they cannot cope with temperatures much lower than 5c

Edited by: "laserface" 15th Jul 2013

forgot to say great price op !,

Original Poster

Here's a decent article about how to care for them if you aim to get them fruiting.

We have a musa basjoo and it is taking over the lounge! The leaves are currently hitting the ceiling. Outside is very exposed and windy so not really suitable. It is in a ridiculously small pot as it was recommended as a way of inhibiting growth!.

It has around 20 bulbous growths round the base with most of them having a green shoot peering out - these are above soil level. I am guessing these are "pups" ?? can they be broken or cut off for planting or must they grow from the host plant?

I will be getting a couple of Lidl ones if I can as they are a wonderful plant to watch growing - ISTR it was at the rate of a new leaf every two days when small. Talk about triffids!

Original Poster

Lol! They're very lush and tropical - and large! The article I linked to in the post above explains how to deal with pups.

How likely am I to get dwarfs off it?

how small are dwarf bananas compared to normal bananas please? I sometimes struggle to fit a whole banana in so a smaller banana could be just the ticket

just not hungry in this hot weather.

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digbys

How likely am I to get dwarfs off it?



You never know your luck.


getsemail

how small are dwarf bananas compared to normal bananas please? I … how small are dwarf bananas compared to normal bananas please? I sometimes struggle to fit a whole banana in so a smaller banana could be just the ticketjust not hungry in this hot weather.



What are you trying to fit the bananas in?

i was seriously gonna buy a few of these but after reading

"Growing bananas in constant warmth is very important - the ideal night temperature would be 67° F (19° C). The day temperatures would be in the 80s°F (27° C).

im not so sure anymore i'd never be able to afford keeping the heating at 19° C to 27° C

Original Poster

That's optimum temperature - if you want to give them the ideal conditions for fruiting. They'll be quite happy in 'normal' UK room temps. They need to be indoors, they're not hardy.
Edited by: "ceres" 16th Jul 2013
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