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Old 07-24-2013, 12:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I am Paul, and as I love Banana's (Is there anyone who doesn't?) My wife just got me a Dwarf Cavendish. I am going to enjoy mlearning how to grow one of my favorite fruits.
After letting it acclimate for a day in its 4' pot it came in, I went out to re-pot it into an 7" pot to give it some grow room, I was met with pure horror. THIS GUY!!!

I am so glad I caught him before he did much damage. I now need to research on how to keep this light yellow green caterpillars surviving relatives from moving in when I am not there to catch them. Any favorite treatments from the membership?
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PS: I removed him from under a plum tree overnight so my caterpillars family wont be dropping in from overhead. I have some 'Safe Soap'(tm) for house plant insects treatment I can try? It does include caterpillars on the label.

CATAPILLER INDIFICATION UPDATE: "Looks like a yellow/virginia woolly bear (Spilosoma virginica)as per user identification from BugGuide.net"

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Old 07-24-2013, 12:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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a larger pot wouldn't hurt
maybe 10 gal?
hand truck? NO!
furniture dolly YES !

harbour frieght sells them for $12, much cheaper than a hurt back !
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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a larger pot wouldn't hurt
maybe 10 gal? hand truck? NO! furniture dolly YES !
~ I do have a larger 20" pot just about that size I bought just for him and I know he will grow into it quickly enough. in fact I hope he will need moved to is sooner than I think.
~ I do have a coaster dolly I can use to move him around when he gets to be a big boy.

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Old 08-24-2013, 02:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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hi Pallen I will be interested in following how your bananas do as I want to get some when we move, my greenhouse is not big enough now ! I am in McMinnville, just up the hiway from you, so what grows for you should also grow for me so welcome !
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Hello, Welcome & Happy Growing.. :^)
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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Hey Pallen! Welcome to the bunch!
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"hi Pallen I will be interested in following how your bananas do as I want to get some when we move, my greenhouse is not big enough now ! I am in McMinnville, just up the hiway from you, so what grows for you should also grow for me so welcome !"
~ If you or anyone else is interested in following my NW Oregon Banana success the link to me blog in in my current signature. I have moved mine in for the winter and I am hoping my indoor lighting and location will work.

New Dwarf Cavendish owner from zone 8b. It all starts with one rhizome (My Blog)

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like the blog.
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