I currently have dwarf namwah banana plants in 2.5 gallon pots. These are nice and healthy, banana bunchy top virus free (tested prior to propagation), and Little Fire Ant free. These are currently for sale for $40 each. No shipping available.
I can meet in Pahoa on Saturdays, or the Hakalau Farmers Market on Tuesdays. Please text or call, as I do not have regular internet connection. I will remove this post once all are sold. My number is 808-430-5866.
Dwarf Namwah/Pisang Awak Group (ABB)
Common name: Dwarf Namwah or Pisang Awak
Group: Pisang Awak Group
Banana length: 4.5 inches
Best eaten: Cooked and raw. Very sweet and light textured.
Plant Height: 6-10 feet
Crop cycle from planting to harvest: 17-18 months
Cycle from budding to harvest: 4.5 months
Rack weights: ~50lbs
Suckers: Freely. Over one crop cycle I’ve gotten 15 keiki from a single mat
Fruits per hand: 18-20
Mat architecture: keiki jut out at acute angles. Rack may require propping near the end of flowering cycle.
Comments: This is an incredible variety. Very productive and very hardy. Hardly shows micronutrient deficiencies. Produces giant flower buds with a nice sized rack to follow.
Planting and Maintenance Tips
To combat potential deficiencies, mineral fertilize along with your normal fertilizing procedures when planting. Up to four times per year (two to three times in low rainfall areas, <60 inches), add the following to the soil:
Immature Plants Mature Plants (Plants with keiki)
1 teaspoon borax 2 Teaspoon Borax
½ cup dolomite 1 cup dolomite
¼ cup of Ammonium Sulfate 21-0-0 ½ Cup Ammonium Sulfate 21-0-0
Or ¼ cup of Sulfate Potash 0-0-52 Or ½ Cup or Sulfate Potash 0-0-52
Dig bananas as large of a hole as possible when planting, at least two feet deep and wide. Place fish scraps and compost in the bottom of the hole. Plant them deeper than their rootball. Fertilize with nitrogen monthly. Pee on them regularly. Spray micronutrients twice monthly. Apply composts and mulch thickly and widely around the base of the plant as often as possible. Literally hill them as you would potatoes, trunks will not rot from contact with soil/mulch. Do not remove leaves until they are completely brown. The plants may still be utilizing those leaves and translocating nutrients.