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Old 08-04-2016, 09:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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My 2.5 year old dwarf orinoco seems to be ready to flower. The last leaf was half size and now a strange leaf is poppin' out the toaster. Doesn't look like a cigar leaf to me. The plant height is just over 4' tall.

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Hey Erik, Plants look fantastic! Stem looks fat enough. You are due for one.
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Here is a few pics of one of mine that threw a flag today if you want to compare.

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Thanks everyone! Flag is almost all out!

Tytaylor: This will be fun to compare my plant with your texas one!

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Sounds awesome. Keep posting pics and I will try to post pics as you do so we can compare.
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This is a real nail biter! No flower yet. Guess I'm getting impatient. Haha

Our first frost might be in November. Makes me wonder how big the fruit could get.

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Looking good!! Down here the tall ones take about 4 months to ripen. I bet dwarf Orinoco is the same. Wish it was faster but hopefully you will make it. They should fill pretty good by then.

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Finally a sneak peek! The flower bud bent over about 2 days after my last posting.

Yesterday, I was able to finally see 5 baby bananas as the flower petals start peeling back.





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Yours is looking great!! Hope you have lots of bananas.

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Finally a sneak peek! The flower bud bent over about 2 days after my last posting.

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Thanks all!

From the looks of Tytaylor's plant, his DO seems to be one week ahead of mine. I think you will get 3X the fruit as well! It is interesting to see the plant's true potential in a better environment.

I am still amazed mine did anything, considering it spent the past winter bare root on my cold basement floor.

I'll make a bud size measurement soon.

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Great looking Plant! I had no idea the Dwarf Orinocos were so short! Very Cool. I may have to get rid of my Orinoco and get a dwarf :-)
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That's what makes it so fun to compare!! I bet mine is tiny compared to ones in the tropics. Very few ppl get fruit in your zone. It is really amazing you can get fruit. Whenever you are doing it is an awesome job. I complain about my winter and I can't imagine yours. Excellent job!!!
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Great looking Plant! I had no idea the Dwarf Orinocos were so short! Very Cool. I may have to get rid of my Orinoco and get a dwarf :-)

They get about 6'-7' here and stack out the leaves. Looks really cool almost like a travelers Palm. I love how they look.

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Very cool. Mine really didn't stack out, but all of my leaves grew since this spring. I think my plant should have flowered at 5' or 6', but I had at least one foot of 'shrinkage' after the last winter. The plant was stored bare root as in the photo below.

I also had time to get a measurement of the bud, it was hard to do because this mean wasp with a round abdomen is at the flowers from morning till night!

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I think my plant should have flowered at 5' or 6', but I had at least one foot of 'shrinkage' after the last winter.
LOL. I hear that's a problem with all bananas. :-). Not quite to that amount though. LOL
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LOL. I hear that's a problem with all bananas. :-). Not quite to that amount though. LOL

Lets call it 20% smaller, now that sounds more manageable!
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Very cool. I'm assuming dry storing it like you did the roots die then the corm re-roots in spring just like a bulb. It's amazing how tough orinocos are.

Has anyone else dry stored any other varieties other than Orinoco?
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Here an updated picture of mine. Taken today.

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Amazing how many nanas you got!

Yea, I have heard that the roots die back when stored like this. When I put the plant outside in spring, I kept the the roots on the plant. (Not sure if I should have removed them or if it matters.) It took about 1 month before there was any sign of leaf growth (early June).

I'm going to have a 5' tall Veinte Cohol that will be too big to grow indoors, so I'll try bare root storage. I'll keep a small pup growing in a pot as a backup.
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