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Old 07-05-2008, 12:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I'm researching methods of growing red edible bananas & ladyfingers in the very hot Australian desert with some shadecloth. Any help or advice would be most appreciated. THANKS...Hap !
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Old 07-05-2008, 12:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 07-05-2008, 03:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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welcome on the forum!
i cant help you buth we have also members from hot places like Las Vegas,maybe they can help you;')
do you have pics of your plants?
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Old 07-05-2008, 09:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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We definitely need to collaborate, as there are a few of us looking to find ways to grow bananas in hot/drought areas of the desert. Use the search feature to look up posts on Heat Tolerant threads. There are a few things we are discovering and more to follow. Best of luck!
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Old 07-05-2008, 10:05 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 07-05-2008, 10:15 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Welcome! Dig large planting holes and utilize as much compost as possible in them. Make sure your irrigation systems work properly, and you should be successful. Those are the basics..
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Now lets see some pics of bananas in the desert!
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Old 07-06-2008, 11:37 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Hey and Welcome from Texas!!! Yep it is Hotter than ya know!!!! and dry as a bone here...If you have no irrigation system you can take a piece of 3~4" PVC about 4' drill some small holes at one end and bury 2+' in the ground and water thru there.. that way your water has the oppurtunity to penetrate and get those roots to head down instead of out...Best of Luck and YES pic's!!!
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Old 07-06-2008, 01:44 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Welcome! I think a misting system would help to keep up the humidity. I'm actually going to install one here in my garden here in Los Angeles. The shade cloth should really help too, but unless you build a large frame for the cloth you may be stuck growing only dwarf varieties. Good luck and share some pics!
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Old 07-06-2008, 05:22 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Welcome from Ecuador! I lived in the Southern Deserts and grew bananas there - I wasn't using shadecloth, but had them planted under Acacias. What everybody has said holds - deep mulch the pits, then make sure your irrigation system works. Mine didn't and so I had to carry water for the nanners three times a day.... Worth it for the fruit, though. I had Cavs, Dwarf Cavs, Oritos, Plantains, and Jamaican Reds (which are called Rojitos here.)

I'm not sure how windy your location is; my desert just howled for six months, so I ended up planting clumping bamboos for a windbreak.

I'll add that it's more water-efficient for the plantings if you plant in rings rather than rows. This way the older trees provide shade for the pups, and water doesn't evaporate as easily.
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