"musa ensete" seeds

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  1. Canadianplant

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    I just purchases one banana seeds from canadian tire ( ya i never thought i would see them there ever myself). Now, they are labeled musa ensete, shich to my knowledge are 2 totaly different types of banana. It says the plants only get to 5 feet, whick leads me to belive that they are probably musa acuminata. There are large seeds. Ills ee if i can post a pic soon.
     
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    Could it be a hybrid?
     
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    the picture looks like musa basjoo i think, illt ake a pic of the packs and post em
     
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    heres a pic of the pack.. i couldnt get a good pic especially of the back side of it
     

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    ensete maurelii maybe? These are really fast growing from seed or young plant.
     
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    Yeah, but E. maurelii grows much taller than 5'. So either the packet's got wrong info, or you've got a seeded Musa that's masquerading as an Ensete. If that's the case, they're most likely to be M. acuminata or M. sikkimensis.
     
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    I had a acuminata a few weeks ago before i moved....., the leaves look nothing like this, but based on the pack, It liiks like either musa basjoo, if it is a musa, but im more leaving toward ensete. Ive seen alot of these plants for sale as an indoor plant. Can anyone take a guess based on the pic on the package????
     
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    E. maurelii is close, as are Musa basjoo and Musa sikkimensis. If you could post a pic of the seeds it would actually be easier to ID the plant.
     
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    Of course i didnt think of that haha heres a few
     

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    OK, those are Ensete seeds. That narrows you down, and with the pic on the pack, I'd say E. maurelii, and they've got their height information wrong.
     
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    Perhaps if you grow it in a container and prune it or its roots in some way, it could stunt the growth (similar to that of bonsai.)

    That's a question ^.^
     
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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Doesn't work that way with Bananas; they're not trees. They're big herbs, more like grass. If you think you can bonsai wheat, you can go ahead with trying it on a banana, but if you take away too much of the corm, all you'll do is retard fruiting.
     
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    kk ill write exactly what it says on the back..the huge exotic leaves and dramatic tree like form marvel any expensive foliage plant. May eventualy produce flowers followed by a fan of a perfectly formed but unedible bananas.
    Hight 1.5 meeters (5 feet mature) it then gives germinating instructions..... other then that it jsut says musa ensete, banana plant
     
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    It could be a dwarf, but being an Ensete I seriously doubt it - they're the big boys of the Musaceae. E. ventricosum, which is my personal fave, goes to about 50' here in Ecuador, and E. maurelii comes in a close second. Maybe your climate will help stunt it.
     
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    yes... ive seen many nice types...... i was thinking any one the ones you just mentoned could be it as well :S, well i guess i have to grow them to find out for sure oh well lol. Now any good ideas on how to germinate and grow them up here in canada??
     
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    We recieved this plant (Labeled Ensete Ventrosicum "Maurelli") as a liner and grew it on in the greenhouse at 24C for 7 months in a 14" pot. It got no higher than 5 feet. It recieved some growth regulator early on, but not a lot. Beautiful plant, but hard to keep the leaves from getting damaged.
     
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    \they are documented as never under 20 feet, wait a season or 2. And yes the leaves on most bananas are delicate, especially to dry air or wind. Can you post a pic of your ensete???? Yuo may have the same problem as me with missnamed plants, casue ensete arent small at all as far as i know. The smallest one ive read up on grows to 20 feet or so.
     

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