12-24-2011, 02:16 AM
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Re: Need advice to grow a banana plant indoors all winter
Two days ago was the shortest day of the year. There has been noticeable growth since then, even though
it has slowed down. The previous two leaves have averaged out at about 18 days each, but the last one
took a full month, but it did it without any artificial light(!).
My hope is, that growth will again accelerate as the days grow longer. If that mirrors the rate of decline,
we could have a sinus curve and have almost 3 more leaves by the time we return from Vietnam on March
14th and another three by mid May, when they can go outside again. At that time this Ornata should
have achieved the height at which I have seen them flower. That would be the ideal time of the year for
it to happen.
However, there are lots of “ifs”. Meanwhile I have watered it whenever the top of the soil got “dryish” and
the plant looks as healthy as it possibly can. I might post another picture of ia now much bigger plant, before
I leave on January 11.
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my own and those of others and to learn from them.
Last edited by Olafhenny : 12-24-2011 at 02:20 AM.