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Old 10-22-2012, 03:01 PM   #21 (permalink)
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My first ARH plants are 9-10 feet tall now. They are getting beat to death by the wind. I should have some fruit this summer.


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they look great hope you get some fruit soon
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what if any are signs of inflorescence moving up pseudo stem

Are there any signs on the outer trunk of the PSeuDO Stem that gives the position of the inflorescence?
No. For most of the journey through the pseudo stem the inflorescence is very small, it's about the diameter of a pencil and is behind the preceding roller/cigar leaf which is approximately the same diameter. Because the peduncle near the inflorescence, the inflorescence, and the roller/cigar leaf preceding it are all approximately the same diameter it would be difficult to distinguish between them. If the inflorescence expands prematurely it will get stuck and a bulge will be become apparent but that's not relevant to your question because at that point it is no longer moving up the pseudo stem.

Here's a photo of a variegated Manini that we removed most of the outer leaf sheaths from so our members can get a better understanding of what actually happens during the journey up the pseudo stem.

The inflorescence is still above the point where the last white leaf sheath was removed.




The photos below are of a Maricongo inflorescence that got stuck about halfway up the pseudo stem and it is in the early stages of swelling. If it was left alone it would have eventually grew enough to split the pseudo stem and burst out of the side.





As the inflorescence gets closer to emerging, the new leaves emerging will also become shorter. It is very obvious in the photo below that leaf #5 is shorter than leaf #6 and that pattern continues on to the paddle/flag leaf #1.

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How tall do they typically get?
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I'll measure a bunch of them tomorrow that have fruit and post the average height, but they can definitely fruit at their height now.

This bunch should be well over 40 lbs w/out the peduncle.

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Where are all the pups?

There should be about 30 to 50.

Horn I - 47 pups
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I plant fairly deep and tissue culture plants seem to pup much less to begin with.
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First Generation Plantings.

Average Fruiting Height - 10' 6"

Min. / Max. - 9' 8" / 12' 4"

Average Circumference at 36" above ground level 24.75"

Min. / Max. - 22" / 27"
I'm probably getting close then.
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Massive ! They Look Great !
Nick Put My On Your List For Some ARH Pups & Fruit ..
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:37 AM   #32 (permalink)
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[quote=PR-Giants;284357]Thanks and Good Luck on your PK.

I measured some of the fruit on that SL-3640, length 11.75".

I'm guessing this Veinte Cohol will be about 30 lb. & 220 to 240 fruit.

Growing Bananas In Sandy Sand.

A few decades ago I was curious if a banana plant would grow & fruit in a pot of bone-dry sand without ever adding water or fertilizer to it. The nice part about it was, if no water.... no leaking, so no drain holes were needed. What makes this possible is that banana plants have roots and surely many have seen them escaping out those drain holes.
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Aesthetically speaking they have been a pretty plant. I imagine that the fruit will fill for me during the summer just as fast as it does for you. I am imagining that for me it will be 60 d in the summer and 90d in the winter just like Hua Moa. I should be able to get 3 crops/year with them. Ideally each mat would bring in $40/yr, it's much easier to do that with 3 harvests.

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That's Great Nick.

Besides most of us here, I'm sure Agristarts is also following your progress and hope they choose a good cultivar to t/c.

A good thing about the ARH is you will know what to expect for fruit and bunch weight soon after flowering.
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Nick, yours look very red (or is that just the lighting?) and KJ yours don't. Is that just a natural variation? I have one that is supposed to be ARH and the pseudo stem is pretty red. It is a beautiful plant so far.
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FHIA-01 (SH 3481) AAAB Pome Prata Anã (dwarf Prata) x SH 3142
FHIA-02 (SH 3486) AAAA Cavendish Williams (Cavendish) x SH 3393
FHIA-03 (SH 3565) AABB ABB group SH 3386 x SH 3320
FHIA-04 (SH 3653) AAAB Plantain AVP 67 (French plantain) x SH 3437
FHIA-05 (SH 3706) AAAB Plantain AVP 67 (French plantain) x SH 3437
FHIA-06 (SH 3583) AAAB Maia Maoli Maqueño x SH 3437
FHIA-07 (SH 3584) AAAB Maia Maoli Maqueño x SH 3437

FHIA hybrids
* All the FHIA hybrids had an LDR type of behavior. Among the seven FHIA hybrids
evaluated, four of them had a good level of resistance before flowering to black leaf
streak/black Sigatoka. They were: FHIA-01; FHIA-02; FHIA-03; FHIA-04.
These four hybrids proved to be resistant at five selection sites. However, FHIA-04,
unlike FHIA-01, FHIA-02 or FHIA-03, lost its resistance after shooting. FHIA-05, FHIA-06,
and FHIA-07 were susceptible to black leaf streak/black Sigatoka.

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Banana Weevil
The banana weevil (Cosmopolites sordidus Germar) is the most destructive insect
pest of banana. It is thought to have originated in the Indo-Malayan region (Simmonds,
1966). This important pest has spread around the world. Host plant resistance to this
corm-burrowing pest is available, including diploids such as ‘Calcutta 4’, ‘Kisubi’ (AB
genome), ‘TMB2×8075-7’, ‘TMB2×7197-2’ and ‘TMB2×6142-1’ (AA genome)
(Kiggundu et al., 2003), East African AA diploids ‘Njeru’ and ‘Muraru’ (Musabyimana et
al., 2000), as well as in ‘Yangambi Km5’ and Musa balbisiana (BB genome) (Fogain and
Price, 1994). Host plant resistance to banana weevil has been reported in AA diploids
such as ‘Calcutta 4’ and ‘Pisang Lilin’ (Ortiz et al., 1995).

Banana Research

The banana was grown with 30, 40, 50 and 60 litres of human urine application with irrigation water along with graded levels of commercial potassium fertilizers. Application of 50 litres of human urine per plant with 75% recommended commercial potassium fertilizer recorded 32.1% more plant height, 25.6% more pseudostem girth, 71.5% more number of leaves and 68.8% more leaf area, 25% more leaf nitrogen concentration, 52.6% more phosphorus concentration and 6.5% more leaf potassium than normally grown banana plants without urine application.

For optimum banana production 200 grams of nitrogen, 30 grams of phosphorus and 400 grams of potassium per plant are required.
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Growing bananas is very simple if you start with the basics. Leaves breathe using stomata, rhizomes breathe using stomata, & roots do not. Leaves need sunlight, rhizomes & roots do not. Using common sense with that simple information and treating each of those 3 distinct parts properly will improve the overall health of the plant.

Rhizomes & leaves breathe using stomata, roots do not have stomata. A medium that drains well is very important and normally provides adequate air for the rhizome. Many different mediums can be used successfully but we use clean coarse sand. It breathes extremely well and reduces the chance a grower will over watering the plant. The rhizome is the most important of the plant with the leaves and roots being secondary. An adequate amount of air in the medium will dramatically reduce the risk of rotting which is the majority of the problems folks experience with these bananas.


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