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Old 06-05-2012, 05:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First-time poster, long time lurker...

I'm just a backyard gardener livin' in South Florida who became interested in bananas about a year ago. I'm finding that my interest in bananas is turning out to be a lot like my interest in orchids. I bought one phalenopsis, and then I just had to have another... then a vanda... and a dendrobium... then I wanted the rare ones... or a certain species... pretty soon our small townhouse's backyard was overrun with the expensive little epiphytes.

Anyhoo, we now have a bit of a yard, and I have more room for bigger plants, and bananas seem to be a lot of fun... and they require less care than the orchids... and I don't think I'll be able to go as overboard, 'cause they take up so much space.

We bought a Goldfinger last year. It was in the ground about a month when we picked up a dwarf Nam Wah (some dwarf... it's 10 feet tall if it's a foot... and probably bigger today) and the seeds of a Velutina. Last weekend we hit the homestead farm "Going Bananas" again and bought an Orinoco. Hopefully this satiates our banana hunger for a spell.

Funny thing is, the only one that's flowered and fruited has been the Velutina. We're waiting for a flower on the Nam Wah any day now, and the Goldfinger, which seemed to get off to a slow start last year, is only recently taller than I am.

Anyway, I've been lurking in the forums off and on for about a year, and am finally introducing myself.

How y'all doin'?
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