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Old 01-10-2009, 08:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I am 9 years old and live in buffalo,NY. I have lots of plants but no banana plants. I would like to grow a banana plant, with edible bananas. I would appreciate any suggestions.
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Old 01-10-2009, 08:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Dear bananaboy, let me to be the first to welcome you to the board!
I am truly impressed that at your age of 9 you have already developed an interest in plants. As I do not live in the US , I am unable to advise you on the type of 'naner to grow but all the best to you!
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Welcome, Bananaboy! There's no better time to start growing bananas than when you're young. I'd reccomend that you start with Dwarf Cavendish, which is a banana that you can grow inside your house with little difficulty. It normally produces tasty edible bananas in about its second or third year of growth, at which point it will be about 6-8 feet tall.
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welcome to the banana org! 9 yrs old is a great age to get intrested in growing bananas. i might suggest to the dwarf orinoco is also a great banana to keep potted up and it to will produce fruit.
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welcome to the banana org! 9 yrs old is a great age to get intrested in growing bananas. i might suggest to the dwarf orinoco is also a great banana to keep potted up and it to will produce fruit.
I agree on the dwarf orinoco. My wife's aunt has one doing great in Rochester.
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Hi bananaboy! I hope that you find a nice banana plant and grow it really big with lots of bananas. It will be fun to show to your friends at school. We hope that you can show us pictures of it and we can watch it grow.
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I agree on the dwarf orinoco. My wife's aunt has one doing great in Rochester.
Is she growing it in a pot? or in-ground outside? I'm constantly looking for more and more palms and bananas I can grow here in Rochester.
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Welcome Bananaboy. Wow 9 thats great !Im happy to see you interested in growing plants ! That is great. Welcome to this great group I myself is very new at growing bananas too. But im sure there will be someone here that can tell you what is the right banana for you.
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Welcome to the org. We have quite a few members who are growing bananas in your area. Congratulations for taking an interest in horticulture at an early age. Best of luck to you!
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Welcome aboard, Bananaboy ! I think Lorax is totally right about Cavendish and I, and I'm sure the others, wish you the best of luck. There's a lot to read & learn here about all types of plants. If you have any questions about using the forum, just ask. There are plenty of friendly people here who will be willing to help you out.

Also, for a new member as young as yourself, you might also want to check out Safety Pledges It offers a lot of really good advice.

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Old 09-27-2009, 02:58 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Wow...this is old! I guess 'welcome' but you've been here longer than I have LOL
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Figured it out, Bryan . JuniPerez re-activated his Intro by inappropriately attaching an Orinoco discussion at then end. Since none of us noticed the dates of the posts, we assumed it was a new member Intro !!
What is this? April Fools, already!!??

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Ooopps... I've been a bad boy... but hey, maybe it gives a chance to those who didn't welcome him the first time to go ahead and do so now, eh?
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Hello & Welcome all.

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welcome banana boy. after grow banana you should learn tissue culture bananas hahahah
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Good Banana Plant Choices For New York

Hi Bananaboy. I know ya haven't been posting but just in case your lurking to get info (good way to do things), here's some of your best plant choices & best way to get bananas where you live:

Best "Fast Banana Producing" Banana plants:
Dwarf Nam Wah, California Gold, Super Dwarf Cavendish, Raja Puri, & Veinte Cohol.

A good soil mix: 40% garden soil, 40% compost, & 20% sand or vermiculate.
Fertilizer: These are labelled #-#-#. The numbers are for Nitrogen-Phosphorous-Potash (Potassium). Since your parents are probably reading this, they can explain. The fertilizer should be 1.5 parts Potash (Potassium) for each 1 part Nitrogen. Phosphorous should be lowest. A fertilizer (by ratio) of 2-1-3 is what you're after. For northern banana growers, Miracle Grow for Fruit Trees is very good. It can be found at Home Depot.

Watering: Never get the ground soggy, just wet. Let the ground dry out & stay dry for 1/2 a day before watering again. In winter, reduce watering to almost none (this will prevent corm-rot since bananas grow very slow in winter even indoors).
Fertilizing: Sprinkle the fertilizer (a couple of inches away from the trunk) over the ground every 2-3 weeks.
Potting: Make sure the pot is not extremely over-sized but not too small either. Make sure there will plenty of room for roots to grow. Also, make sure there are plenty of holes in the pot for drainage.

To get bananas, on the tree, will take 3-4 years unless they are grown in a greenhouse. In the tropics, it takes 18 months.
Always bring bananas indoors before the temperatures at night fall into the 40's.
Plant the banana in a pot indoors & keep it at a temperature of 72 degrees F or higher. When the weather warms up, in the spring, to above 49 degrees F you can plant it in the ground outside.
When winter approaches, before the temps drop back into the 40's at night, dig up the banana (with all the roots you can get), pot it, & bring it back indoors.
Hope this helps . If you have read this & have any more questions, just ask.
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Thanks for your help Eric. I hope bananaboy will read it and your advices will serve him well.
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Well, just FYI, the last time he was on the site was 1-13-09, so he might not see this. But I'm sure if he does come back on here he'll appreciate your efforts!
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