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Old 10-13-2016, 02:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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My name is Gilberto,
I want to introduce myself
I am an architecture student at the university of westminster london uk
I have joined this forum as i have decided to design a green house to grow bananas as lately i have heart a lot of how this fruit can be useful for a lot of things (nanocellulose plastic is only one of them) and it is actually an extinction risk for the cavendish type (see panama disease)
But i am sure you people know this already
So basically i have decided to join this forum hoping to find more info about how bananas could be grouw perhaps in an urban farming
Unfortunately I haven't found much about this but I know that this fruit has a lot of potential and i would like to find out more and contribute for the future as well.
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Old 10-13-2016, 02:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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start with the basjoo. you do not need a greenhouse, you can grow it in your area outside. it is inedible and may make great plastics. as for the edible bananas you might want to research want you might like to eat. many many different varieties out there.
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start with the basjoo. you do not need a greenhouse, you can grow it in your area outside. it is inedible and may make great plastics. as for the edible bananas you might want to research want you might like to eat. many many different varieties out there.
Actually I am more interested into researching ways to grow it without using soil (eg. zero hectar farming ir zfarming)
we are talking of growing a lot of bananas in a city for big scale production (it is a university project that I am developing, so it is all theoretical obviously)
so it is not about growing 1 banana plant at home to eat it's fruits.
These so called zfarming comprehend growing food without the use of green spaces, as a result they are grown on top of buildings or on their facades.

from an engineering point of view the grrenhouse shall be the lightest possible: a big food production on top of a building does get pretty heavy if using soil for lets say 20/30 plants.

hydroponics, aeroponics, fogponics systems are usually the answer, but unfortunately I cannot find information in regard using one of these new technology techniques for growing bananas.

It is pretty hard I have to say but it is not a reason to surrender actually it makes it more challenging.
If anyone has advice for me where to look at, books/websites/really anything would be great!

I am getting really interested with this fruit I think it is amazing and I would love to base my project on bananas.

Bananas are the future! Lets keep it real!
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also I need edible bananas
so the output will be double...
i was thinking either cavendish (to save it from the panama disease that is attacking it now) and maybe my greenhouse could lad research to make it immune to the fungus
or maybe the gros michel (to bring it back in the shops) but this one has a thinner skin that may be a disadvantage when using it for the production of plastic

but maybe now i am taking it too far

yes for now i need to figure out how to grow it..

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Varieties I supposedly bought: Manzano, Cavendish, Blue Java, Sweetheart, and Gros Michel.
What it seems I actually have: Brazilian, Cavendish, Namwah, Dwarf Red, Gros Michel, Pisang Ceylon, Veinte Cohol and SH 3640, and American Goldfinger. FHIA 1, Paggi and FHIA 17... Always room for one more.
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gran nains, namwah, blue java. good tasting bananas for a start
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ok, this may sound stupid,
I know that dwarf cavendish is way shorter than the normal plant (max 3 meter high)
but does the fruit size change as well or is the fruit pretty much the same size?
does anyone know what genetically changes in dwarf banana plants?
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now I am not a great banana expert, but I think you might want to use the gran nain. nains put out pups by the bunches and I think you might be looking to lose a lot of bananas in your venture. gran nain is also called the Chiquita banana. I bought a pot with a plant with pups in it, I believe may of this year and I killed probably 24 to 36 pups so far try to find the right soils and fertilizers. right now I have I think 24 in pots that are doing great. just transplanted 14 pups a week ago and I might lose 2, maybe not, there still green. I have dwarf cavendishes, but they do not pup even remotely as fast. and what I have seen in pictures of other peoples plants, they pup about the same as the Cavendish. but like I said I am no authority there are probably bananas that pup as fast or faster than the gran nain.
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