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Old 03-09-2009, 04:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Hello everyone! A brave new member here ...

Okay, first off, howdy to everyone and secondly, tell me I am NUTS ... I already know. I have heard how impossible it is to grow variegated bananas to begin with, and while I have a bajoo pup, a Siam ruby pup and two 'truly tinys', I have taken the plunge and bought (from Thailand, naturally) a Tanee which I am now finding out will prolly turn out to be a balbisiana?? Guess I will know better when it arrives.

I am mainly a Alocasia, Colocasia, Xanthosoma, Philodendron kinda girl. The bigger it grows, the more I love it!!! Of course, living in NYS (Upstate near Binghamton) doesn't help my cause. Not even remote tropical environment around this place. So ... I grow them all inside my home, have to duck around giant leaves everywhere and always feel like I am in a jungle! LOL

Anyone who has any pointers on starting my Tanee, feel free to get in touch. I ALWAYS want to make new plant friends. I have read the posts regarding my crazy banana buddy, so I have that info socked away in my back brain. But in the meantime, anything cool and special that helped with yours might be just the advice I need.

Also, is there really someone out there in Zone 5 or higher growing a basjoo in the ground successfully???? I mean honestly succeeding at it??? I want to sticfk mine in the ground this spring but am PETRIFIED I will kill it. So advice there too ... greatly appreciated!

Away I go for now, but anyone wanting to talk plants should drop me a note. Thanks and looking forward to some new chat with new friends!!

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Old 03-09-2009, 05:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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My basjoos do well overwintered with straw mulch, but i'm in z7. Welcome, I'm sure many others will touch base with you too.
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Ang,

I am in a zone 6 and Basjoo do well here. I also tinker with a lot of the same plants you have listed. I wanted to say hi and welcome you to the group. The main tropicals I grow right now are Plumeria, Bougainvillea, Brugmansia (Angels Trumpets), Bamboo, Virya, and of course most importantly the banana!! I like to tinker with others like Alocasia, Calocasia, I have different ornamental grasses, and aquatics plants. Right now my big outdoor project is a Koi pond I started last year. The various ponds and streams that are involved in this project span over a 60-70 feet section of the yard. Hope to hear about your jungle.

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Old 03-09-2009, 07:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome to the best forums on the net, Ang!

Mike, do you have any pics of your koi pond? I have been considering building one.
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Binghamton!!!! ......and you want to grow tropicals.............It can't be done!!
OK ,,,,,,, sorry it's been a long winter. Guessing you got your Tanee from Thailand / ebay? Are there any roots? How much P- stem came with it? The more info the better info you'll get back. Let's hear more
More people should grow the large alocasias, what a great "bang for your buck" as far as creating a tropical environment for us cold weather gardeners.
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welcome aboard hope find what your looking for
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Wow! What a warm welcome!! Thank you!

Where do I start??? I already forgot who asked what, but I remember the questions ...

Yes, stupid me .. eBay purchase. Couldn't help it. I have a HORRIBLE addiction!! There are no 1-800 numbers yet for my problem I am afraid. I am considering starting a support group, but last I knew you had to be over your addiction to help others over theirs. Guess I don't qualify and may NEVER qualify!! My Tanee has not arrived yet .. but when it does I will let you all know how much (if any) roots, etc it has.

Mention somewhere down there <>> someone mentioned a koi pond ... I built a "bog" pond!!! I love it ... I grow all my carnivorous plants out there! It is AWESOME!

Long winter mention ... YES!!! HELL YES!!! I am having a nervous breakdown!! I HATE winter and please DO NOT ask me why I still live here! It is like a bad nightmare and I just haven't been awake yet! LOL. I checked my zone according to the chart on this site and it says I live in zone 6!!! Whoo HOO! Somehow I moved up a zone since last year!!! ????? Global Warming??

Big growers ... Michael, I believe ... I started about a billion (okay, not really .. the real number is 700 ... literally) Desert Roses from seed and about 100 plumeria this past fall. All look pretty good so far. But the Ears and Philos are my passion. I have heard all about the variegated banana being hard to pot grow. So ... because I LOVE to hear people say you cannot grow things and then I do, I HAD to get one and try it.

Question ... are all the variegates hard? Are Ae Ae stronger??? Or the Tanee?? Or are they all wussie plants that need to be ignored instead of babied if you want them to live?? LOL! True??? I think most of you will agree ... you can, and sometimes do, love a plant TOO much! I know I have done it and admit it although I hate to be the one to say I killed my plants with kindness in the past! :-(

It is SO great to meet you all!
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Welcome!
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Austin01,

Yes I do have pictures, I will post some for you to see.

Ang,

congrats on moving up in the world!! Maybe we can do some dealing and swapping!

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Michael -

I have all sorts of fun things ... agaves, plumeria, desert roses, cacti, variegated philos, ears ...

At last count I had 72 varieties of ears (between Alocasia, Colocasia and Xanths) ... we will see how many wake up after this winter and how many I might have to replace and handle differently next year.

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Old 03-09-2009, 08:59 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Ang,

I love plumera, I have a Jim Little Dane. I have a couple of agave(want more), I love Desert Rose (currently have none) I grow cactus for my own collection and interest. Would love to see some pictures if you get a chance.

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Michael -

I have no idea what my plumeria will be since they do not grow true from seed. Nor do desert roses. That is part of the fun with them and seed! You never know what you will get as far as flowers go ...

I have quite a few interesting agaves. Don't get any til you check with me. I do have some we can swap if you are interested (will send you a list PM). I grow all of mine in the house in winter ... I have a four by three foot A. desmentiana in my living room on the floor. Bites me every time I have to scoot by it. But until the summer sun comes out to play, here it sits.

I have quite a few plants I can swap and trade. I love nothing more than swapping for fun stuff!
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Ang,

I look forward to seeing your list. My Plumeria are from seed I purchase from Thailand, but I also buy cuttings and I have some grafts.

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Michael -

How do those grafts hold up??? I was thinking of purchasing a few of the variegated varieties but they are almost always grafts. I was told to steer clear of them, but never knew why???
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Oh, and will post some pics tomorrow ... I have a few to share. WARNING ... you may be AMAZEd at how many plants can be fit into one small room during long winter NYS months!! LOL
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Hello Ang!

check out Sandy0225 galleries she grows basjoo in Muncie, IN zone 5
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Old 03-09-2009, 11:47 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Hiya Ang! Welcome to the board! You are definitely my kinda person, araceae, 'naners... whew!

A word on the Var Kluay Tah Nee (aka Klauy Thani), it is actually a Musa balbisiana and is a very vigorous grower. If you keep it warm enough, it will come around real fine. You should see it when it decides to grow! On the other hand, the Ae Ae is a shade daintier.

Well, I come from a place where you get alocasia in the jungle here and more. I do grow adenium, desert rose and I am into the species rather than the hybrids which are very common here. Plumeria? You can make cuttings by walking down the street!

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Hello and Welcome Ang!!!

I grow Basjoo but not at the latitude your looking for. Best wishes and may your bananas grow well!
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Welcome to the boards! I know you'll enjoy it here...the community is wonderful. Sounds like you've got quite the full-house right now! I bet you're ready for spring to come around so you can spread out a bit. I think we all are. Well, enjoy the site! Ask any questions you have, people are very helpful!
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Tog - I am SOOOOO jealous! Malaysia!!!!! Dang! You grow some of my favorite stuff right in your backyard!!! I absolutely LOVE Alocasia robusta and plan to grow some this spring. Any suggestions???? They are TOUGH I hear, but again, tell me I cannot grow it and I am TWICE as determined TO grow it!! LOL!
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