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Old 07-21-2019, 04:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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This is how my patch has developed this year so far. Good height for this time of year but with lots shredded leaves.

My first Namwa flower emerged two weeks ago from "Son of Monster Namwa" who stands 13' tall. The first hand contains 14 fingers and the last full hand contains 18 with 17 hand total. I might revoke "monster status" since he didn't clear the 300 finger margin like his parent.

This year's tallest Namwa is 15'9" and has a very large flower. Its is showing three hands so far with the first hand containing 18 fingers. It is located in the corner behind the pvc support. The photo angle is a bit miseading but this plant's is much higher than the other although based on the leaves it does not appear to be. Expecting big things from this one!

I also have a small bunch from one of my Unkown's that emerged in May. Its located in a dark corner so doesn't get much light, has numerous cracks and splits up and down its pstem. I think I counted seven layers were split so the pstem is quite weak and requires support. The bunch is light and the bananas quite small even after two months. This plants doesn't have very many leaves either but at least it has plenty of time. This Unknown comes from a different original plant than last year's Unknown.

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Old 07-21-2019, 09:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Very nice!!
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WOW 😮!!!!!!! What do you do to to get that kind of a bunch? And if you run out of names for your massive racks, maybe Atlas would be fitting.

Keep it up whatever it is.:woohoonane r:
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Godzilla Namwa Bunch



This one is 15-16 hands with 18 fingers per hand except the last hand which is pretty good. This plant is just shy of 16' and I was expecting something around 20 hands like I got last year from my big namwa that was only 14'. The only major difference I can identify that might have impacted the number of hands is that my area has had 20 inches less cummulative rainfall vs. the prior year.
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Congrats!.....Still looking impressive!.....






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Still a super good looking Bunch for our area. ... Temps are dropping. night temps are into the in our area and Night temps are dropping to mid & upper 60s. So I hope we don't get a early frost this year. ... Our bunches need the time.
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Thanks fellas!

I think my area has three good months of temps remaining which should be enough to get some good filling if we get adequate rainfall. My flowers came in mid September last year and I got pretty good results. It was very mild winter but there wasn't much filling going on after temps were below 50-55F overnight.

I should get a few a more flowers in the coming weeks and those bunches will be pruned. 25% prune for August flowers and 50% prune for September flowers.

We shall see. I'm hopeful. My plants look strong.
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Darn ... after re-reading my above post, I would think that I was drunk. I'm not ... may be just not awake when I made the post.


Anyway, the low last night was 66 deg F and at 1:30pm today the temp got up to 70 deg.
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Your banana trees are awsome! They are very healthy. Congratulations!
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Small three hand namwa bunch at my Mother's house that's almost ready to be harvested. Very low maintenace. No fertilizer, no watering, and no winter protection. The plant's pstem is probably about 6' vs. 13'-16' for the same type of plant in my patch.

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Beautiful, what an excellent back drop for the pool
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Picked a few namwa fingers to check to see how long it will take them to turn yellow. Although a bit short (4") they are very fat (1.75") fingers! These fingers are from my the patch at my Mother's house. See post No. 10 above for the bunch they were taken.

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Impressive, you definitely know how to grow bananas!
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Thanks Rmplmnz! I learned everthing from all you guys who have shared your knowledge and passion on this site over the past fourteen years. Thanks for making those cool video tours of your yard!

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I think I got the same variety as ya bro.....
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Old 09-13-2019, 12:03 PM   #17 (permalink)
 
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I added to my collection this year and started a new banana patch on the west side of my yard. From left to right there is Raja Puri, Dwarf Brazilian, Raja Puri, Blue Java, and Pisang Klotek. I didn't have this ground prepared in time to put in the Patupi that I aquired this year but plan to put switch him out with the center area Raja Puri.

My Pisang Klotek (Mysore) is not doing as well as the other plants in this location that gets a ton of son and is very hot. Has anybody noticed Pisang Klotek (Mysore) seems to like a bit shadier area of their yard/more sun protection than other banana plants? Thanks for any tips on growth habits and likes of Pisang Klotek (Mysore).

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Looking awesome! Now that’s a namwa! Especially flowering that early! Amazing job man!
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West side new Banana Patch is looking beautiful!....Keep it up buddy!...Musa Patupi (Kokopo, Vudu Papua) will do awesome in the new spot, location!...





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Ripe small namwa bunch from post #10 above. The individual test fingers were blah but after harvesting the bunch and letting it ripen on the back patio they turned out really good! Maybe I ate the test fingers to early or letting them ripen in the house (colder temp) effected the taste. Regardless these came out great in the end! Even found two quarters inside one of them ala PR Giants! Haha.

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