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Unlike starting other tree farms, starting a plantain farm and growing plantain are easier and less complicated. Although growing plantain still require ones attention, the level of skill required is not as intensive as other trees.

Here are a few guidelines in growing plantain and starting a plantain farm.
The first thing to consider in starting a plantain farm is looking for the right climate. Plantain cannot thrive in an environment that is too hot or too cold. The plantain plantation must have a good drainage system .A rich, naturally fertilized soil is the ideal for planting Planatain. If such is not available, one can create compost and add chicken manure.

Plantain plants also grow best in bunches or groups because they protect each other from the harsh rays of the sun. It is important to create an environment where the plantain plants are sheltered either because they are bunched up together or there are other trees to protect them. It is important to maintain the humidity of the plantain plantation.


Considering that a plantain plant is not a tree but a type of herb, they cannot actually be grown from seeds like most trees. Plantain plants are grown through suckers. Suckers are those that grow from a dying, mature plantain plant that can be transplanted and re-grown. They may be considered as baby plants that are used to start new plantain plants. Choose suckers from plants that are vigorous. They should have small, spear shaped leaves and are about one foot high.
There is a corm at the bottom of each mature plantain tree. In transplanting a sucker, it is necessary to cut downwards and get as much corm and root as possible. Plant these and cut or decapitate the sucker to facilitate good evaporation. Keep around two to five meters between planted suckers. In the early days of your plant, keep them moist but not too wet as they don’t have leaves yet to evaporate the water.

As the plantain grows, it is important to protect it from strong winds. It is also important to keep it well watered. One can also sprinkle fertilizers every now and then but mostly throwing the plantain dead leaves back into the plant is enough to sustain the rich quality of the soil. Unlike other trees, plantain do not need complicated pruning. Just remove dead leaves and dead plants near the plantain. Also remove suckers from the plant keeping only one or two that have spear shaped leaves. You can replant removed suckers if you have space to plant them

Plantain production in Africa is estimated at more than 50% of worldwide production. The majority (82%) of plantains in Africa are produced in the area stretching from the lowlands of Guinea and Liberia to the central basin of the Democratic Republic of Congo. West and Central Africa contribute 61 and 21%, respectively (FAO). It is estimated that about 70 million people in West and Central Africa derive more than 25% of their carbohydrates from plantains, making them one of the most important sources of food energy throughout the African lowland humid forest zone. Nigeria is one of the largest plantain producing countries in the world. Despite its prominence, Nigeria does not feature among plantain exporting nations because it produces more for local consumption than for export. National per capita consumption figures show its importance relative to other starch staples. However, these figures do not show regional reliance, which is often very important for highly perishable crops that are usually consumed in or near areas of production. The consumption of plantain has risen tremendously in Nigeria in recent years because of the rapidly increasing urbanization and the great demand for easy and convenient foods by the non-farming urban populations. Besides being the staple for many people in more humid regions, plantain is a delicacy and favored snack for people even in other ecologies. A growing industry, mainly plantain chips, is believed to be responsible for the high demand being experienced now in the country.

 
The demand for plantain within the country is high, with supply struggling to meet  demand. This has hampered the status of this crop as a foreign  exchange earner. It n remains an important staple food, as well as the raw material for many products. It also  serves as a source of revenue for many people and as raw material for industries  producing value-added products in many parts of Nigeria. Plantain occupies a strategic  role in rapid food production, being a perennial ratoon crop with a short gestation period.  The crop ranked third among starchy staples after cassava (Mahihot escultenta) and yam  (Dioscorea spp.). It is a major source of carbohydrate for more than 50 million people. In
Nigeria, all stages of the fruit (from immature to overripe) are used as a source of food in  one form or the other. The immature fruits are peeled, sliced, dried and made into powder  and consumed as ‘plantain fufu’. The mature fruits (ripe or unripe) are consumed boiled,   steamed, baked, pounded, roasted, or sliced and fried into chips. Overripe plantains are processed into beer or spiced with chili pepper, fried with palm oil and served as snacks  (‘dodo-ikire’)
Plantain is a very lucrative business, a bunch of plantain cost N1, 400 some could be sold for higher price can be sold to market women directly. Now imagine how much N1, 400 multiplied by 1,000 plantain that is a whooping sum of N1, 400, 000 but don’t forget, there were expenditures like renting of land, cleaning bushing payment of security. See manual for expenditures
Plantain chips production is one the easiest business you can start in Nigeria if you want to generate quick cash right at home. The reasons why plantain production business is easy to setup is because plantain chips is a snacks widely eaten by all, the start up capital requirement is low, you don’t need to rent a shop and plantain is readily available in the country especially in the south/middle belt regions of Nigeria

Are you planning to start a plantain farming Business, and then our guide can help you learn the basics of starting

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CHAPTER 1
INTRODUCTION
Plantain production regions in Nigeria  
Importance of plantain in Nigeria
Factors limiting production and availability in Nigeria
Contribution to rural development
Sources of supply

CHAPTER 2
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
Business planning
Recording of farm information

CHAPTER 3
CROP SCHEDULING
Why schedule your crop
How to schedule your crop
Time of planting
Type of planting material

CHAPTER 4
FARM LAYOUT/ PLANTING SYSTEM
Field preparation and planting system
Plantain Production Systems
Planting Material
Marking Out Plantation
Digging out the holes
Planting / Planting Arrangements
Follower sucker selection and De-suckering
De-leafing
Selection of following suckers
Nurse suckering
Staggered Plantings Every 1 – 2 Months
Types Of Fertilizer
Plantain Propagation, Growth Requirements And Agronomic Practices


CHAPTER 5
IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT
Choosing an irrigation system
Irrigation scheduling
Water Demand
Drainage
CHAPTER 6
HARVEST AND MARKETING
Harvesting
Process of Plantain Harvesting
Handling of Bunches and ‘Hands’
Marketing
Ripening
Marketing plans
Understanding marketing
Think as if you were a consumer
Know the marketing chain for your fruit
Visit the markets in which your fruit is wholesaled and retailed
Actively seek market information
Market development
Possible ways to increase sales and potential returns

CHAPTER 7
DISEASES
Management of pests and diseases
Weeds management

CHAPTER 9
PLANTAIN FARMING BUSINESS PLAN/ FEASIBILITY STUDY ON 5 ACRES 3 years production plan
How Much You Can Make
A Typical Expenditure / Profit Analysis For An Acre
How To Generate Quick Cash At Home By Producing Plantain Chips With Little Capital
Address/ Where To Purchase Your Improved Variety Suckers
Conclusion


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What kind of soil must a farmer plant plantain to get good yields?
The farmer needs soil that retains water because plantains need water, that’s why banana plantations here are irrigated. Local farmers may not have the means to carry out irrigation so they should look for soils that retain water, have a good humus layer and they should always improvise by incorporating animal manure to the soil to improve on the humus and texture of the soil to retain water.


Farmers complain that after a few harvests, plantains don’t do well, what’s the problem?
This is caused by nematodes and borers’ attacks which make plantains to dry off; all of these are soil pests. So, to control these pests a farmer needs to apply enamaticide twice a year. They can use MOCAP bastion and it will be good to have a permanent calendar. It is good to apply in April and again in September. If this is well followed, you will stop this effect. You know that the nematodes and borers attack plantains more, not bananas. That’s why banana stems which were cultivated by our parents long in the 50s are still surviving.

Can somebody make plantain or banana farming a business in Nigeria?
Sure! Plantain/bananas growing is a big business in nigeria. The first thing is that if you are going for mass production, you should look for a market. Here in nigeria, we have a ready market; we have the Muea market which is one of the biggest markets in the sub region because buyers come from Yaounde, Douala, Equitorial Guinea, Gabon etc to buy plantains and other food stuff. Because of this the demand for plantain seedlings is very high since people have realised that it is a big business and are ready to open big plantations. The main problem here is the suckers, so even if you go only into the multiplication of plantain and bananas seedlings, you will have the market.


What are the nutritive elements in plantains that attract people?
We know that plantains contain, iron, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamin C, BI and B2, it has other minerals which are very good for the body by B.D.S.


TREAT SUCKERS WITH BOTH INSECTICIDES AND FUNGICIDES

How can plantain suckers be sterilised before planting?
After preparing your suckers, you treat them with both insecticides and fungicides. Use a sachet of any of this chemical in 15 litres of water, stir very well to avoid lumps, put the suckers already prepared for planting in the propagator for 10 minutes in the mixture. You can remove and put under a shade for 24 hours before planting.

How do you plant in the propagator?
The concentration of the sucker in the propagator depends on the size of the suckers. The base of the sucker should be about five centimetres deep and when you put it cover again five centimetres with the sawdust.

After propagation how can a farmer plant well to have good yields?
If you follow all the above outlined steps, then remove your suckers well from the propagator and take them to a nursery. In about six weeks, you will have good suckers that will give you good yields. This means that from the propagator to the farm you can take just about two and a half to three months to have enough seedlings.
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Types of Plantain

They fall into three groups:
•   banana
•   plantain
•   ornamental

Some people refer to bananas as trees or palms, but they are neither a tree nor a palm, but a giant clumping tropical herb. The Musa is fast growing and most sucker freely once the plant is established, which doesn't take long after planting. The pseudostem blooms once and dies after fruiting, and the trunk should be cut down after fruit have been harvested. Most Musa plants can grow at the rate of a 25cm (1ft) or more a day if conditions are right (warm weather, lots of water, fertiliser and a good rich soil).

Musa, because of their shallow root system, likes a mulch of leaf mold and other organic matter, added to the top of the soil throughout the growing season. Musa can be grown from the corm - the swollen, solid, usually subterranean base or stem. The Musa produces smaller corms known as cormels or cormlets that are attached to the mother plant. These cormlets can be cut from the adult plant and potted up and a new baby Musa will grow, mature and produce bananas or plantains in the next season. Musa acuminata - dwarf cavendish is one of the best tub plants for indoor growing, small sized plant that produces fresh great tasting bananas.

 
Culture banana plants and the plantain are today grown in just about every tropical place in the world. The fruit production makes up and consists of the fourth largest fruit crop of the world. The plant needs 10-15 months of warm conditions to produce a flower stalk.
Most varieties will stop growing when the temperature drops too low - with the exception of some very hardy varieties such as Musa Basjoo and Musa Sikkimensis. Also excessive heat slows down the growth of the plant. Interestingly, growth will stop altogether with temperatures 100°+ F. High temperatures and bright sunlight will also scorch leaves and fruit, although bananas grow best in full sun. In most areas of Tobago and Trinidad bananas require wind protection for best appearance and maximum yield. They are also susceptible to being blown over. In the tropics of the world and the northern Caribbean whole crops are devastated by hurricanes which in turn causes considerable personal hardship to many.
Bananas, especially dwarf varieties, make good container specimens if given careful attention. The plant will also need periodic repotting as the old plant dies back and new plants develop.
There are basically two main types of banana, the cooking and the desert varieties. There are hundreds of cultivars of bananas and plantains. The greatest diversity is found in home gardens and traditional agriculture, while only a few cultivars are grown by large-scale producers for the export market. Modern cultivars are developed as older cultivars become susceptible to new diseases. Cavendish is one of the cultivars which is resistant to either Panama disease and is widely grown on commercial plantations. The Cavendish variety is one of the most popular banana exported from the Caribbean. The antiquity of the banana and its tendency to produce mutations or sports have resulted in an extensive number of cultivars.
Here is the list of popular cultivars of Musa Species - banana or plantain - their origins & uses (given alphabetic order):
ACUMINATA (Banana)
One of the presumed predecessors of the many dessert bananas today. A primitive seeded variety. Susceptible to fusarium wilt. Height approximately 3m (10 ft). Rare.

AEAE (Banana and plantain)
A beautiful variegated green & white plant that also has multicoloured fruit. It may be cooked or eaten out of hand when fully ripe. A much sought after variety for landscape and collectors. More pH sensitive than most, rhizomes may resort to solid green or white if pH changes, therefor difficult to get true offspring. Height 3-4m(10-14ft). Rare.

AFRICAN RHINOHORN (Banana)
Height 3-3.6m (10-12ft). An unusual plantain that produces relatively few fruit but the size of each can weigh 1-1.4kg (2-3lb) and be as long as 27-45cm (12-20in) or more. The pseudostem has a dark burgundy hue which gives rise to the term some call 'African Red'. A collectors delight, especially when fruiting. Cold sensitive.

APPLE(Banana)
Also known by its Spanish name, Monzano, this lady finger variety has been popular for many years in the Caribbean and Central & South America. The short plump fruit has a 'apple like' after taste which many love. It is very susceptible to fusarium wilt (Panama Disease). Height 2.7-3.1m (8-10ft)

B
BALBISIANA (Banana, plantain and ornamental)  
The second of the primitive seeded varieties thought to be an ancestor to many modern day bananas and plantains. This hardy banana makes a nice landscape and collector variety. Height about 4-4.5m(14-16ft).

BALONGKAUE (Banana and plantain)
(pronounced ball long coo) A cooking type which grows about 3.5m (12ft) tall. The fruit has a bluish/green outer appearance, with white flesh. Is a very sturdy and attractive plant that can be eaten out of hand when very ripe.


BANKSII (pronounced bank-see-aye) (ornamental)
A primitive seeded species having long thinnish leaves with light brown colouration on sheaths & lower petioles. Grows about 2.7-3.1m (8-10ft). Collectors & landscapers like these.

BASJOO (ornamental)
This cool tolerant, seeded variety grows about 3.7m (12ft) tall, is solid light green and is a fast growing sturdy plant. It frequently sends out rhizomes 60-90cm (2-3ft) away from the corm. It has a golden-cream coloured ovate inflorescence making it a very attractive acquisition. Becoming more popular in cooler regions for a tropical appearance.

BRAZILIAN (Plantain)
One of the tastiest of the dessert bananas, in our opinion. The height is 3.8-4m (14-16ft) but has Dwarf brother that grows only 2-2.7m (7-9ft) and produces the same superb fruit. A real favorite for appearance and flavor.

C
CARDABA (Plantain)
A Philippine cooking variety that is a truly an attractive plant with a bluish hue to the fruit and very white pulp. The fruit is stubby and irregular in shape but can get quite large. Height 3-3.7m (10-12ft).

CAVENDISH (Banana)
Both the Dwarf 1.2m (5ft.) and Giant 2-2.1m (7-8ft.) varieties produce wonderful tasting fruit as does the others in the Cavendish sub-group. A vigorous grower with wide green leaves.

COCCINEA (ornamental)
Also known as Uranoscopus. This ornamental variety produces an erect inflorescence of brilliant red-orange colour that lasts for weeks. Height 0.9-1.8m (3-6ft). Good for containerised growing in filtered light.
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DOUBLE (Banana)
This beautiful Cavendish type has very wide, dark green leaves and produces a full sized fruit. Also called the Mahoi, the second generation produces multiple bunches of fruit, usually 2 but sometimes more. Height 1.4-1.7m (5-6ft).

DWARF & TALL GROS MICHEL (Banana)
Once the only commercial variety seen on grocery shelves now replaced by Grand Nain due to its sensitivity to fusarium wilt. Although it has a superb flavor, it is not promoted as it once was. Height 1.9-2.1m (6-8ft) and 3.2-3.8m (12-14ft).

DWARF & TALL NAMWA (Banana)
Also known as pisang awak, this group of lady finger bananas produce large sized bunches of sweet delicious fruit that is prized in the Indonesian areas. Somewhat sensitive to Panama disease (fusarium wilt. Dwarf grows about 3m (10ft). Tall about 3.8m (14ft).

DWARF & TALL ORINOCO (Banana and plantain)
Named from the region in South America near the Orinoco river where they grew profusely, they are also called the horse banana or 'burro'. These angulated cooking bananas are also a tasty treat out of hand when fully ripe. Their versatility make them popular in many regions of the world. Height 1.4-1.7m (5-6ft). dwarf & 3.2-3.8m (12-14ft). on the tall.
DWARF & TALL RED (Banana)
Known by many names in the world, (Cuban Red, Jamaican Red, colourado, Indio, Macaboo) this very sweet lady finger fruit is most beautiful. It turns 'sunset' colours when ripening from dark burgundy to orange, yellow-green and muted colours in between. The full bodied flavor and distinctive sweetness makes it worth the wait of 18-28 months to give fruit. The tall red, with a dark maroon pseudostem can grow 3.8-4.3m (14-16ft) the Dwarf version grows about 2.2m (8ft).

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EBON MUSAK (Banana)
A rather unique variety in that it has fruit that does not turn yellow when ripe only a subtle colour change takes place when the fruit is mature. Watch it closely for plumpness so that it does not become over ripe. The nice sub-acid flavor makes it a delicious treat. Height 3-3.7m (10-12ft).

ELE ELE (Plantain)
A Hawaiian cooking variety that is known for its very dark pseudostem. Sometimes called the Hawaiian Black, it gets a purplish hue, especially in more acid volcanic type soil. Full sized fruit. Grows about 3.8m (14ft) tall.

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FRENCH HORN (Plantain)
This plantain is much favored in Ecuador and the Caribbean; used as a staple in their diets. The slightly curved fruit is large and delicious, comparable to the more well known commercial plantains. Height 3.2m (12ft).


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GIANT PLANTAIN (Plantain) Giant Elephant Plantain Specie a.k.a AGBAGBA ERIN (Yoruba)
A taller version of the 'Puerto Rican DWARF PLANTAIN'. Both producing a superior fruit and commonly used for 'maduros' and 'tostones', a staple in the Caribbean and Hispanic cuisine. This is the one you find in the super market. Heights 3.2m (12ft) and dwarf 2.2m (8ft).
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GOLDEN AROMATIC (Banana)
A Cavendish type sweet banana that has a fragrant aroma and gold ripe fruit. The full sized fruit produced from this wide leaved plant is a real taste treat. Height 3-3.7m (10-12ft).
GOLDFINGER (FHIA-1) (Banana)
 A rapid growing, mostly green plant producing a wonderful tasting, slightly sub-acid, refreshing fruit that gets 6-8 inches long or better. It is a very disease resistant, wind & cool tolerant plant that is easy to grow. In some areas of the USA the ripening fruit does not get dark yellow, instead gives only a slight colour change when mature so check it often when close to harvesting. Height 3-3.7m (10-12ft).
GRAND NAIN (Banana)
The commercial variety that you can buy in the grocery store. The purchased ones are good but when you grow it yourself and see how delicious this banana can taste you wonder what took you so long to try. These full sized fruit ripen rapidly, so be ready. They can give 20-30kg (40-60lbs) of fruit with ease. Height 1.7-2.2m (6-8ft).


GRAND NAIN-X-SUMATANA (Banana and ornamental)
- or as we call it the 'X' is a cross between the popular dessert banana and the ornamental red leaf plant. The fruit is very small making it more of an ornamental than eating variety, however the leaves are much wider than its progenitor creating a gorgeous landscape addition. Height 1-7-2m (6-7ft).

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HUAMOA (plantain)
A Polynesian cooking banana that is short and stubby but packed with flavor. These make wonderful tostones and maduros as well as other banana recipes. The large full leaves and fat, rounded fruit make this a great looking plant. Height about 3.7m (12ft).

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ICE CREAM (Banana)
A very beautiful, cool tolerant plant that produces a blue/green fruit with pure white flesh. The sweet creamy fruit is very delightful. Height 3-3.7m (10-12ft).
IGCPOCA (Banana)
One of our newer bananas that gives a plump, sweet delicious light green fruit with a pointed end. A thumbs up in every way. (Pronounce it if you can) Height 3-3.7m (10-12ft).
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KRU (Banana)
From New Guinea, this wine coloured plant gives fruit with green & red markings that narrows to a point on one end giving it an interesting and beautiful appearance. The fruit must be eaten very ripe to get full flavor. Grows about 3m (12ft) tall. The Green Kru is the same flavored fruit with out the wine coloured markings
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LACATAN (Banana)
Both the Jamaican and cousin Philippine Lakatan are one of the Cavendish sub-group and produce a similar fruit in shape, texture and flavor. Only the height of the plants differ slightly; the Philippine has more red in the leaf margis and is a little taller. Both produce good sized bunches of fruit that has delicious flavor. Heights (Jamaican is over 3.81m (12ft) and Philippine Lakatan 4.5m (14ft).

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MAIA MAOLI (Plantain)
This 3.8-4.3m (12-14ft). tall plant of the Polynesian cooking variety has delicious flavor and statuesque elegance. It is mostly green with slight red colours in the pseudostem giving serious competition to the other cooking varieties.

MALACCENSIS
- A primitive species, producing a small thin seeded fruit of about 4 inches. Resistant to Panama Disease and Sigatoka. Grows about 2.7-3.1m (8-10ft) tall.

MAURITIUS (Banana)
A short Cavendish type plant that grows 1.2m (4ft) in height and produces a small bunch of sweet full sized creamy fruit. Great for containerised growing or small area.

MISI LUKI (Banana)
Height 3.8m (12ft). They are the most popular and delicious lady finger bananas we have tasted. Popular in India, the mysore is an important commercial crop for that area of the world and we see why. The shelf life of these delicious little morsels out last any other by several days. They are sturdy and resistant to most problems as well as fast growing. Loved by children and adults alike!

MONKEY FINGER (Banana)
A terrific looking plant that produces very large bunches of long thin bananas with slight curving. It truly resembles the elongated fingers of a large monkey hand and hence obtained its name. The fruit is firm and sub-acid sweet giving it a very refreshing flavor. Height 3-3.7m (10-12ft).

MONTHAN (Plantain)
A cooking type from South India. Similar to the Bluggoe or Orinoco in size and versatility. Height about 3-3.7m (10-12ft).
MUSELLA LASIOCARPA (ornamental)
This short, stout, ornamental banana like plant is a prolific grower with tight clustering leaves. It produces a golden-yellow inflorescence emerging from the center & extending upward like a crowned jewel. Flower lasts about a month. Beautiful and Unusual. Approx. 1.2m (4ft) tall.

MYSORE (Banana)
Height 4.7-5m (14-16ft). Its close cousin is MISI LUKI - Height 3.7m (12ft) are the most popular and delicious lady finger bananas we have tasted. Popular in India, the mysore is an important commercial crop for that area of the world. The shelf life of these delicious little morsels out last any other by several days. They are sturdy and resistant to most problems as well as fast growing. Loved by children and adults alike!



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NEHUMBAHOKA (Banana)
A rare dessert banana that grows about 3-3.7m (10-12ft). tall with a large amount of 'chocolate' colouration in the pseudostem. The fruit is plump, at about 5 inches long & narrowed at the tip. It has sub-acid flavor which makes it refreshing.
NINO (Banana)
This exceptional sweet, thin skinned baby banana produces a fruit about 7-9cm (3-4in) long. It is a light green plant that grows rapidly to about 2.7-3.1m (8-10ft). It may take several to quench your banana hunger but every bite is a treat.

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ORNATO (ornamental)
One of several flowering ornamental beauties that are a colourful addition to landscape or gardens. The erect flower extends from the lush greenery of the leaves as if playing hide and seek. Average heights 1.7-2.1m (5-7ft).

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PELIPITA (Plantain)
A dark green plant that grows about 3-3.7m (10-12ft) tall and produces a cooking banana that is angulated in shape. It is a hardy plant resistant to disease which is why it is used as a progenitor for many other hybrids.
PISANG JARI BUAYA (Banana)
This hardy dessert variety grows about 2.7-3.1m (8-10ft) tall with long leaves and a thin pseudostem. The fruit is slender and long with a slightly sub-acid sweet fruit. Rare and unique.

PISANG RAJA (Banana)
A wonderful Indian variety with a yellow-orange flesh and sweet delectable flavor. Once you have tasted it, you're hooked on this 4.2m (14ft) delicacy.

PITOGO  (Banana and ornamental)
- A wonderfully different looking fruit that resembles a fig more than a banana. Its ping-pong ball looking fruit is as delicious as it is unusual. A real conversation piece as well as a special treat. Grows about 3-3.7m (10-12ft). in height.

PRAYING HANDS (Banana)
Now here is a real eye stopper. The fruit is fused together making each hand look like hands in the praying pose. When completely ripe it is possible to separate the fingers to reveal a great tasting vanilla flavored banana. A must for the real banana enthusiast. Height 3.1-4.2m (10-14ft).

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RAJAPURI (Banana)
A very popular sturdy plant originating in India and becoming a favorite around the world. Due to the rapid growth and delicious taste of these ¾ size fruit as well as cool tolerance they have won the hearts and taste buds of thousands.
RED IHOLENA (Banana, plantain and ornamental)  
This versatile variety is not only beautiful, with the underside of the leaves being a soft burgundy colour, but also used for eating out of hand, dehydrating and cooking. The others in the Hilahila sub group of Polynesian cooking bananas include the WHITE IHOLENA & HA'A. The Ha'a is the shortest of the group and produces fruit that are yellowish from the onset, making it difficult to determine when to harvest. The White is devoid of the burgundy colouration but produces a similar fruit. All are excellent for a multitude of uses. (Heights: Red: 3-3.7m (10-12ft)., White: 2.7-3.1m (8-10ft)., Ha'a: 1.6-2.2m (6-8ft).)
ROSE (Banana ornamental)
- One of our latest acquisitions and a real beauty. The slender pseudostem displays a soft reddish colour and grows rapidly. The small fruit are very sweet and delicate. Resistant to fusarium wilt, grows 1.6-2.2m (6-8ft) tall.

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SABA (Plantain)
The 'sequoia' of the banana plants with huge pseudostem - range 3.6-7.2m (12-24ft) diameter and heights ranging from 5-6.5m (16-20ft) here, however growers have reported even greater heights. The wonderful tasting cooking banana makes the best fritters - tostones you have ever eaten. A sturdy plant and somewhat cool tolerant.

SH 3008 (ornamental)
Bred in the Honduras Research Station. It has beautiful large leaves with maroon under side and splotched maroon and green on the top side of the leaves. Resembles the Zebrina/Sumatrana except larger and fuller. Height 1.8m (6ft).

SH 3640 (Banana)
Another Research Station product. A dessert type, producing a sweet, full sized fruit. Grows about 3.1m (10ft) tall. Grows rapidly, fruits early. This one has real potential!! (rare and limited)

SUPER DWARF (Banana and ornamental)
A real midget banana growing about 3ft. tall with wide leaves and green colouration. It produces a small bunch of medium to large fruit. Great for containerised growing or small spots in the yard or garden. A real cutie.
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TEXTILES
- Also known as the Abaca and Giant Pisang is a seeded variety that is used primarily for its fiber in the Phillippines for making rope. It is disease resistant, grows about 5m (16ft) and has a beautiful golden inflorescence.

THOUSAND FINGERS  (Banana and ornamental)
This novelty is as unique as beautiful. When full grown at 3-3.7m (10-12ft). It produces a stalk of tiny round bananas that can continue to make fruit until it touches the ground - sometimes 1.6m (5ft) long or more. Mostly used for ornamentation or landscape however the fruit is edible.

TUUGIA
- An unusual plant in that it produces a full sized, thin fruit that has a slight 's' shape. A fast growing variety with a light green pseudostem and reproduces rhizomes rapidly. Height 3-3.7m (10-12ft).

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VALERY (Banana)
One of the Cavendish varieties that produces a full sized fruit with a creamy texture. A midsize plant good for backyard treats for the family. Height 3.1m (10ft).
VELUTINA (ornamental)
This small ornamental, 1-1.8 (3-6ft) is a gorgeous thin leaved green plant that produces a small, hot pink, fuzzy banana that stands erect (australimusa). When it is mature it peals itself back exposing a white seeded fruit just ready for the plucking. Use care if eating, the seeds are like a buckshot and could easily chip a tooth.

VIENTE COHOL (Banana)
A dessert variety originating in the Philippine area and having green pseudostem with some brown patches. The small plump fruit 7-9cm (3-4ins) are soft and sweet. A real cutie. Height about 3.1m (10ft).

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WILLIAMS (Banana)
A Cavendish type that produces a full sized fruit with excellent flavor. An all round favorite. Grows about 2.7-3.1m (8-10ft). in height. A popular variety for good reasons.

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YANGAMBI KM-5 (Banana)
Sometimes just called the KM-5. An excellent tasting small dessert banana from West Central Africa. It is very disease resistant and sturdy. Height about 3.8m (12ft).

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ZAN MORENO (Banana)
A dwarf Cavendish producing a sweet, creamy great tasting fruit. Height about 1.4-1.7m (5-6ft).

ZEBRINA (ornamental)
Also called the Sumatrana, Blood and sometimes the Rojo although incorrectly. This ornamental maroon & green variegated leaf banana produces a very tiny dark maroon seeded fruit that is cute to look at but not edible. It adds a little colour to all tropical landscape. Is especially nice around decks & pools. Height 1.6-2.2m (6-8ft).
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