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Banana, Cardaba

Banana, Cardaba

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Regular price $75.00 USD
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NOTE: We do not ship 5 gallon size. In-store pickup only.

The cardaba banana originates from the Philippines and is primarily a cooking banana although it can also be eaten raw. They have very large and robust pseudostems that grow up to 15 ft. It takes around 339 days to flower, and 479 days for the fruits to be ready to harvest. Each bunch contains around 150 fruits in 9 hands. The fruits are distinctively larger than saba bananas and have a rounder more pentagonal cross-section. They are typically harvested while unripe since they are used as cooking bananas, but they can be eaten as is if allowed to ripen.


Botanic Name: Musa balbisiana 'Cardaba'
Common Names: Cardava, Kardaba,
Native to: Philippines
Lifespan: Topical Perennial
Hardiness Zone: Zone 8-Zone 11
Fruiting Season: The banana flower blooms 18-24 months after planting and the racks are ready for harvest 6-8 months after that.
Growth Structure: Can grow up to 15'
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Bananas like moist soil but will rot if the soil is water-logged. They will also not fruit if exposed to freezing temperatures. Bananas can be grown both indoors and outdoors, and given proper fertilization and regular watering, they will continue to produce new plants, or 'pups', for racks of bananas for years to come!

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